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Instructables user Senseless has modified his wife’s knee brace to prevent lateral movement due to rheumatoid arthritis. He says it’s easier for her to get on than her normal brace, which aids in late-night bathroom trips. If you can endure the run-on sentences, he’s made an instructable detailing its construction. I’ve had knee problems since I was a kid, so if anybody’s got plans for a brace that prevents patellar subluxation, detail it in the comments!

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • dillon

    she needs to shave her leg(s)

  • Becky Stern

    If you read the instructable, you’ll find that it’s the husband modeling the brace. He wanted to test it before having his wife try it. Also, there’s nothing wrong with women who don’t shave their legs. Ahem.

  • Jon Hirsch

    I figure you could screw that sucker straight into the leg and do away with the brace altogether.

  • ironleg

    I can tell you from personal experience, having metally bits screwed into your leg for long periods of time doesn’t work as well as one might initially think. :P