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Braces and Supports
for Running

Whether you run on a trail, paved path or treadmill, running is a high-impact activity that can take its toll on your joints.

According to research, 35-45 percent of runners will suffer from an injury each year, but there are ways to mitigate your risk. Protecting yourself from injuries like “runner’s knee”, muscle tears and ankle sprain should be an important factor in any runner’s training plan. In addition to a good stretch and warm-up routine, wearing a quality, medical-grade compression brace can give your body the oxygenating circulation and support to avoid common twists, pulls and tears.

Say goodbye to Shin Splints

There are many theories on what causes shin splints, and just as many ideas on how to treat them. Repetitive movement associated with pounding pavement is said to be the culprit and most athletic trainers and healthcare professionals will prescribe a regimen of rest, NSAIDs, ice, and compression - heavy on the rest. Physical Therapist Bryan Finger has spent over 23 years treating athletes at the high school and college level, many of them with painful shin splints. For years he was frustrated with the treatment options available which took the athletes out of training and never seemed to address the root cause of their pain. Until he discovered the Bauerfeind Sports Ankle Support.

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Protect Your Knees While Running

Knee injuries are prevalent; in fact they are the most common injury reported by runners. Bauerfeind’s Sports Knee Support provides stability and protection against excessive strain and injury commonly known as “runner’s knee”. This knee brace was designed with the needs of the athlete in mind: It is lightweight, breathable and stays in place during your run. When you’re done simply throw it in the wash and lay flat to dry.

Recover from a Knee Injury

If you are unfortunate enough to experience a knee injury, RICE Therapy is generally regarded as the most effective first-line treatment. Bauerfeind’s GenuTrain line of knee braces and supports provide the “C” (compression) in this treatment. Medical-grade compression increases oxygenating blood flow to the injured joint, reducing pain, swelling and recovery times. Professional athletes and athletic trainers trust in Bauerfeind’s GenuTrain line to treat knee injuries.

Protect Your Ankles While Running

Bauerfeind’s Sports Ankle Support and Sports Ankle Support Dynamic both provide stability and medical-grade compression to help protect your ankles from strain and injury. These supports are breathable, machine-washable and fit comfortably inside running shoes.

Recover from an Ankle Injury

Ankle sprain and achilles tendonitis are two of the most common running injuries, but they don’t have to take you off your feet for good. Healthcare professionals often suggest wearing a medical-grade compression brace or support as part of RICE Therapy for injury recovery. Bauerfeind’s MalleoTrain and AchilloTrain ankle supports offer several options for targeting and treating specific ankle injuries. These ankle braces are machine washable, moisture-wicking and made to fit comfortably into athletic shoes - making them perfect for dedicated runners. Professional athletes and athletic trainers trust in Bauerfeind to treat ankle injuries.


What are the most common injuries for runners?

Some of the most common running injuries are Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner's knee), shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain and patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee).

Do I need a knee brace for running?

If you’ve ever suffered a knee injury, our physical therapist recommends wearing a knee brace or support while running. Medical-grade compression found in Bauerfeind’s GenuTrain medical line provides stability and oxygenating blood flow to the knee joint to reduce pain, inflammation and recovery times. If you’ve never had a knee injury, you may still want to consider an athletic brace like the Bauerfeind Sports Knee Support to help protect your knee against excessive strain while running.

How do you prevent runner’s knee?

“Runner’s knee” is the common name for Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), and it is caused by a combination of muscular and biomechanical problems. While there is no silver-bullet to preventing runner’s knee, a good warm-up regimen, limiting distance increases to 10% per week and wearing a medical-grade compression support can help reduce your risk. At the first sign of pain, you should reduce your distance and increase your rest to give your body time to heal.