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Leg and knee orthoses

Ottobock leg orthoses and knee orthoses help to stabilise impaired limbs and joints and relieve pain.

Leg and knee orthoses

Reclaim your mobility with a knee or leg orthosis

Our legs and knees put in an incredible performance every day. One moment they’re carrying us from A to B, the next they’re transporting us up and down stairs with no outside help. But as is so often the case in life, we rarely realise just how much we need our lower limbs to move about until they no longer function properly. In fact, illnesses that affect our joints such as osteoarthritis of the knee or injuries such as torn ligaments are not only painful but can also severely impact our mobility. If you have pain or mobility restrictions affecting your locomotor system, regardless of whether the problem is temporary or long-term, an orthopaedic device such as an Ottobock knee orthosis or support can help by easing the strain and stabilising or mobilising the affected area.

What are knee orthoses and supports?

Knee orthoses and supports are orthopaedic devices that offer protection, support and pain relief to people affected by disorders of the locomotor system. They ensure that your legs or knees are optimally supported, stabilised, relieved and mobilised. There are also special orthoses that are designed to immobilise the entire leg. Knee orthoses include rigid functional elements such as rods, joints or stirrups made of plastic or metal. They can also include flexible elements. Flexible fabrics are used for knee supports. Everyday knee supports are made of elastic fabrics and often include elastic inserts called pads. The pads support the affected joint and use compression to reduce irritation, swelling and oedema.


How long should I wear my knee orthosis?

In general, you can wear your orthopaedic product for as long as you and your doctor find necessary. During the initial phase of treatment for an injury, you should follow your doctor’s instructions about wearing the product very carefully. Orthoses are generally not worn at night, but in exceptional cases, your doctor may explicitly instruct you to do so. If you experience any pain or discomfort, you should contact your doctor to clarify the cause. Once a knee joint injury has healed, you can continue wearing your knee support or orthosis. It can protect you from straining or overexerting your knee in such cases. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need to visit your doctor for regular checkups.