I been running much lesser in recent years and doing more hiking and trekking. The latter usually involves some form of climbing up and down stairs, hills and mountain. And with a cranky worn out knees, it can be quite painful and I end up with either a swollen or locked knees for the next few days.
Some friends have suggested that a knee support can be useful. I generally don’t believe in pseudo medical aid and I am old school that if there is an injury, it is better not to run through it but rest. But in my case, it is not exactly an injury so recently since I am intensifying my climbs, I decided to get a knee support to try. So while I was at a mall one evening, I walked into a World of Sports outlet and just picked the coolest looking knee support there is. And volia –
According to the product specs, 3D shaping of the fabric, contours to your knee area, providing optimum support. Recommended use for indications of tendinitis, patellar (knee cap) pain/tracking, arthritis, minor soft tissue tears/strains, general knee pain. It is breathable, multi-directional stretch and non-slip gel prevents migrations, allows full range of motion while maintaining high level support.
I put it on my more troublesome right knee when I went Bukit Timah Hill last week. And immediately up the first flight of stairs and I can feel the difference. Which left me pretty amazed. Gone was the sharp stab of pain when descending and there was a noticeable improvement in the joint movement.
One week later I am back at Bukit Timah Hill. This time the knee guard goes onto the left knee. And again it works!
Not too sure whether it is this particular product or all knee support in general but I am pretty pleased and impressed. But while it works for climbing, I wonder does it work for running?