Wear a knee brace with pants: What you need to know

Suffering or recovering from a knee injury can bring its own unique challenges, like learning to wear a knee brace with pants.

You should generally wear a knee brace directly against your skin, as wearing on the outside of pants can push the brace down the leg, causing it to be in the wrong position.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t some flexible options when wearing a knee brace, you just have to be mindful that it must stay secure at all times -  think pants made of thinner or snugger fabrics like skinny jeans, tights, leggings and yoga pants.

Although Bauerfeind has extensive research into the flat knit materials and superiority in achieving a  better fit, increased comfort and ultimately more support for the knee, there are still several things to consider when looking to wear a knee brace with pants.

Best clothes for knee brace

Just like getting a near-custom-fitted knee brace off the shelf from Bauerfeind’s range, it’s important to make an informed decision when considering the clothing to be worn.

It’s best to pick something breathable as tightly-woven fabrics tend to be less breathable - open knits and lightweight cotton are much better.

The clothing should also be moisture wicking and have air vents or mesh panels, with each of these helping reduce sweating and tending to dry faster than other fabrics.

It’s important to test the knee brace over your pants by testing the fit of the legwear to see if its fabric sits as close to your skin as possible -  it should be smooth and wrinkle-free, but it should not be too tight that it compresses your muscles.

Activewear is a great example.

Best knee brace to wear over pants

The knee brace you choose will affect its wearability over pants. For example, Bauerfiend’s GenuTrain is a very slim fit in terms of design and would work fine with thinner pants, while the OA would be a little more difficult.

There are also some braces and supports required to be worn directly over the knees, so always check the product's features or speak to a trained professional.

It’s also worthwhile to choose a breathable, non-abrasive, soft and comfortable knee brace so as not to irritate your skin. However, it should still be firm enough to provide optimal support to your knees.

Generic or cheaper knee braces can have a small hole in the front and be made out of neoprene - not ideal for longer hours of use or activities due to their lack of breathability creating a build of heat/sweat and inability to compress at a medical grade due.

GenuTrain Knee Brace



Wearing a knee brace over pants: verdict

You should generally wear a knee brace directly against your skin and always check the product’s features to ensure it can be worn over pants.

Not all knee braces are considered equal, with a breathable, non-abrasive, soft and comfortable product such as Bauerfiend’s GenuTrain offering one of the best designs on the market, making it ideal for wearing over pants.

If you require assistance selecting the right product for your needs, book a video consultation with a Bauerfeind expert: Book Video Call, or call us on 1300 668 466

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Bauerfeind products are developed at our innovation and manufacturing facility in Zeulenroda, Germany. Based on years of scientific research, our award-winning braces and support garments are highly recommended by medical professionals and athletes worldwide.

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