How to Recover from Knee Surgery

How to Recover from Knee Surgery

July 21, 2022

Knee surgery is a daunting thing, whether it be to repair damaged ligaments, menisci or a total knee replacement, the recovery process is oftentimes painful and a little frustrating. Therefore, we have created a list of tips to help you have a speedy recovery.

Polar Care Wave Compression Therapy: Tested by our own staff, this device allows you to reap the benefits of cold compression therapy at home. Used in recovery from surgery or acute injury, the polar care wave utilizes cold compression to reduce pain, swelling and edema for optimal recovery time. 

Seek Proper Support Before & After Surgery: Those waiting for their operation know that it can take awhile to move up the waitlist. Therefore, seeking a little extra support from a knee brace can help to keep proper alignment, and take some pressure off that joint. For those recovering or recovered from their surgery, a brace will support you while your tissues heal and you regain some strength. Furthermore, contrary to popular belief wearing a brace will not weaken your joint, it functions to keep it aligned and moving properly which can help with strength regeneration.


Braces we Recommend: 


Osskin Evoke OA Custom Knee Brace: Used for relief of severe osteoarthritis this lightweight, 3D printed knee brace takes custom to the next level. Using a scan of your leg this brace is printed to fit you exactly while still being low-profile enough to fit under clothes for all day wear. 

Bauerfeind Genutrain OA: This brace is good for those who experience medial or lateral osteoarthritis of the knee. Furthermore it helps with instability and helps to provide postoperative relief from cartilage surgery and meniscal lesions.

Bauerfeind Genutrain S: Using a combination of lateral supports as well as adjustable straps, the Genutrain S helps with moderate instability as well as arthritis and osteoarthritis of the knee. It provides support and restricts joint movement for pre and post-operative management of injuries including ACL rupture, the “unhappy triad”, meniscal surgery, and collateral ligament injuries. Furthermore, it functions as treatment for conditions affecting the knee such as severe osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Book an appointment with one of our Pedorthists to be measured for yours today!

Keep Moving: While it may be tempting to stick to bed rest, in doing so you're actually doing yourself a disservice. Lack of movement about your injured joint can make your muscles stiff. Therefore, small amounts of movement allows those muscles to stretch, improving circulation and providing the injured area with appropriate blood flow, minimizing swelling and providing quality oxygenated blood. Additionally, moving that joint will cause a little bit of inflammation which actually helps with the healing process and tissue regeneration. *Remember*: Too much movement too soon on your new knee can actually have opposite effects. This can include increased inflammation or even re-injury of your knee. Use your body as a guide and if things start to become too painful, dial it back.

Follow an Exercise Regimen: Once most of the initial pain and inflammation has subsided, it's time to put that new knee to work! Following an exercise program prescribed by an exercise professional is crucial to regain stability, mobility and strength in the supporting musculature, tendons and ligaments of your injured knee. Book an appointment with one of our Kinesiologists who can help prescribe you appropriate exercises to safely and effectively help you to regain optimal functioning in your knee. 

 

Written By Capri Verschoor (B.HK) 

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[OLD] Sizing Charts

FOOTWEAR:

European Sizing chart conversion:

*Please note that these conversion charts serve as a general guideline, actual fitting may vary by style.

Women’s

US

4.5-5

5.5-6

6.5-7

7.5-8

8.5-9

9.5-10

10.5-11

11.5-12

12.5-13

EU

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

 

Men’s

US

7.5-8

8.5-9

9.5-10

10.5-11

11.5-12

12.5-13

13.5-14

14.5-15

EU

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

 

SOCKS :

Sockwell

Brooks

Sock Size

US Men's Shoe Size

US Women's Shoe Size

Euro Shoe Size

Small

 

4 - 6.5

34 - 37

Medium

6 - 8.5

7 - 9.5

38 - 41

Large

9 - 11.5

10 - 12.5

42 - 45

XL

12 - 14.5

 

46 - 49


ANKLE BRACES:

 

Bauerfeind

 

Professional Orthopedic Products (POP)

  

DJO - Roboboots – Short and Tall

SHOE SIZE MEN

SHOE SIZE WOMEN

SIZE

Up to 4

Up to 5

XS

4 - 7

5 - 8

S

7 - 10

8 - 11

M

10 - 13

11 - 15

L

13+

15+

XL

 

 

 

DJO- Aircast Airsport

DESCRIPTION

MEN

WOMEN

SIZE

Left

Up to 5

Up to 5

X-Small

Right

Up to 5

Up to 5

X-Small

Left

5.5 - 7

5.5 - 8.5

Small

Right

5.5 - 7

5.5 - 8.5

Small

Left

7.5 - 11

9 - 12.5

Medium

Right

7.5 - 11

9 - 12.5

Medium

Left

11.5 - 13

13 - 14.5

Large

Right

11.5 - 13

13 - 14.5

Large

Left

13.5 +

15 +

X-Large

Right

13.5 +

15 +

X-Large

  

KNEE BRACES:

 

Bauerfeind

 

 

 

Ossur

Size

Circumference*

*Circumference measured 6” above mid-patella

XSmall

11.5" (29cm) to 13.75" (35cm)

Small

13.75" (35cm) to 16" (41cm)

Medium

16" (41cm) to 18" (46cm)

Large

18" (46cm) to 20.5" (52cm)

XLarge

20.5" (52cm) to 22.5" (57cm)

XXLarge

22.5" (57cm) to 24.75" (63cm)

XXXLarge

24.75" (63cm) to 28.5" (72cm)

XXXXLarge

28.5" (72cm) to 32" (81cm)

 

DJO

*Measurements taken 6” above mid-patella

SIZE

MEASUREMENT

XS/S

13" - 18.5" (33 - 47 cm)

M/L

18.5" - 23.5" (47 - 60 cm)

XL/XXL

23.5" - 29.5" (60 - 75 cm)

XXXL

29.5" - 31" (75 - 79 cm)


 

ELBOW BRACES:

Bauerfeind

 

 

HAND BRACES:

 

Professional Orthopedic Products (POP)

 

Size

Wrist Circ.

X-Small

4 ¾" - 5 ½"

Small

5 ½" - 6 ¼"

Medium

6 ¼" - 7"

Large

7" - 7 ¾"

X-Large

7 ¾" - 8 ½"


 

Orliman (thumb brace)

 

Size

Wrist

Circumference

in CM   (A)

 

Length

in CM   (B)

Small

14 - 18

11

Large

18 - 22

13