I first discovered Mueller Knee Straps after I experienced significant knee pain following a tough 18-mile training run. With only a month left to go before completing my first marathon, full rest and recovery were not options. I had to keep going! A friend who had experienced similar pain to the lower kneecap (patellar tendonitis) recommended Mueller Knee Straps.
The strap itself is simple: it is made of a neoprene-like fabric that wraps around the lower knee and affixes to itself with Velcro. In the portion of the strap that sits below the knee there is a rubber tube that helps to hold pressure below the patella.
Patellar tendonitis occurs when there is a partial tear in the ligament at the base of the kneecap. The idea behind knee straps, also known as patellar straps, is to support and apply pressure to the tendon just below the kneecap. This pressure helps to reduce impact vibrations, improve tracking, and relieve pain.
Compared with other straps on the market, the Mueller Knee Straps tighten well around my knees without causing irritation. I can get a full range of motion while running without chafing or pinching thanks to the soft padded Velcro straps and the tubing around the patella. Like any injury, in addition to this quick fix, runners with patellar tendonitis must rest and stretch to heal. But with a race on the horizon the Mueller Knee Straps provided relief from pain and even a semblance of comfort while running the 26.2 miles.