TOLL FREE: 1.866.829.2969

Our knees are large joints that withstand a lot of force everyday.  Running, jumping, climbing and just walking can can be hard on the knees so it is important to make sure that you protect them and keep them healthy.  Proper exercise, balanced stretching and strengthening, and proper footwear can all influence your knees. 

What happens is you have knee pain? What do you do? Do you need a brace?

The first thing to do if you have a medical problem is to talk to your family doctor - get a good diagnosis and find out what it happening.  Is the pain due to an injury, overuse, disease such as arthritis or due to how you walk?  Once we know what the cause is, then it is easier to treat.  A knee brace may be appropriate for you in certain circumstances but is is not the only possible treatment for knee pain.  A good assessment and understanding of your individual needs helps your Certified Orthotist determine the best treatment for you.

Some uses for Knee Orthoses (KO):

Defiance 3`

Ligament Injury

- if the ligaments in the knee have been torn or severed, the KO can help stabilize the knee and protect the injury

- the KO may be used in combination with physiotherapy or surgery

- sometimes a ready made brace will work well and other times a custom mace brace is more appropriate

Patellofemoral Syndrome (PFS)

- pain under the knee cap can be caused by excess rubbing of the kneecap on the femur (thigh bone)

- it is more common in females

- usually a ready made specialized KO works well to help the kneecap to track properly and reduce rubbing

- sometimes foot orthoses (insoles) are required to help stop the feet and knees from turning in

MedSpec Patellofemoral KO

Custom made knee orthoses


knee orthoses are often used to help realign the knee to offload the joint and reduce aggravation of arthritis

- knee orthoses can also provide some stability and warmth to the knee to reduce symptoms

- there are ready made and custom made knee orthoses for arthritis



- after an acute injury, knee orthoses may be used to protect and stabilize the knee to allow for healing

Rehab KO

Orthotic management of knee pain from Custom Orthotic Design Group


I just wanted to let you know - for the first time in months and months - I am able to go for a long, long walk - because my feet are not killing me anymore!!! I am not limping at work any more either!!! Thanks so much - I feel great! Even walking 8 blocks back to the car after the last appointment with them in my shoes - I could have done a tap dance all the way - the change was so drastic!
- . -
When I saw Jim, it was for two appointments for braces he put in my shoes (that he had made recommendations about). I could walk and keep shoes on all day and I was not walking off balance. He was amazing. He took time to talk to me and explain things. My husband had gone to Jim for years for foot orthotics . I would recommend Jim to anyone.
- Ms L.M. -
I am so greatful that the heel lift for my right shoe has been so helpful. I am in less pain when I walk, I can now stand straighter, on both legs at the same time when I stand still. I should have done it a lot sooner!
- Ms. D.T -
I am a person with polio in my left leg. I 've been using Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd. for many years. Their service is great and friendly, they know what they are doing. I am really happy with their services.
- Mr. K.N. -
Custom Orthotics has always stood behind their product. They have always treated me with kindness and dignity. Whenever there is an issue, they have repaired it right away. Friendliness is their top priority. The product is 10/10. I can't say enough and I find there is never any negative comments. I have been with Custom Orthotics since 1998.
- Mr. F.H. -
The whole process was very positive, Custom Orthotic Design Group answered all of my questions and responded to my concerns in a professional pleasant manner. I highly recommend that anyone requiring any form of custom made orthotic from a simple shoe insert to a sophisticated support such as my CROW walker consider Custom Orthotic Design Group.
- Mr. MB -
Read More