The 10 Best Construction Kneepads
This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Whether you are a building contractor, a flooring installer, or a home DIY-er, it is essential to protect your knees on the job, as chronic joint issues, like arthritis and bursitis, can put you out of work and in pain. These construction kneepads are designed to be comfortable enough to wear for extended periods, so you can get the job done without suffering any injuries or long-term damage. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
December 27, 2019:
In addition to removing some marketing lingo, we removed two sets of kneepads that were similar to others already on the list. These models were replaced with options we felt added more diversity and variety to our collection.
Kneeling outside on a wet/muddy surface, or working in the middle of a messy job site with chemicals or corrosives on the ground can be miserable and dangerous. In these environments, having your knees as far off the ground is ideal -- which is what makes the Klein Tool Tradesman Pro so great, and why we wanted to add them.
Similarly, anybody who has ever accidentally scratched someone's pristine hardwood floor or scuffed drywall with their kneepads knows what a pain it is to repair, which is why we added the Troxell Supersoft Leatherhead. (Even though the Crain Comfort also features a soft cap, the Troxell Supersoft Leatherhead are a bit more rugged, which is why we decided to keep them both as good options, both well-suited for different jobs).
Benefits Of Wearing Construction Kneepads
Unfortunately, your knees don't have a lot of padding on them.
If your work requires you to spend a lot of time kneeling, then you're probably already aware of the kind of toll this can take on your knees. Despite their importance, your knees are surprisingly fragile, so it's vital that you take steps to protect them as much as possible.
Unfortunately, your knees don't have a lot of padding on them. There's just a thin layer of skin covering your patella, or kneecap, so any time you put weight on your knees (or run into something with them), you'll put a tremendous stress on the entire joint. This can lead to injuries like dislocation, fracture, or even just osteoarthritis from accumulated wear-and-tear.
That's where construction kneepads come in. These protective pieces of gear are phenomenal at shielding your bones from impact injuries, including those caused by repetitive stress. For a few bucks, you can save yourself from a lifetime of pain and suffering — not to mention sky-high medical bills.
Any worker who spends the bulk of their days on their knees — like bricklayers or carpenters — should invest in a high-quality pair of pads immediately. The simple act of kneeling puts a tremendous strain on the knee joint, and can lead to dislocation if you accidentally overextend. Wearing pads helps keep your knees in line with the rest of your leg, reducing the likelihood of hyperextension.
Beyond that, wearing kneepads is simply more comfortable, and that shouldn't be overlooked. If you're not sore and aching while working, you'll likely be more productive on the job — not to mention in a better mood when you get home. Improving your quality of life is as important as preventing injury, and if you can do so with an inexpensive pair of pads, it's a no-brainer.
Just don't tell your boss how much easier they make it for you to do your job — he'll only give you more work.
Other Ways To Protect Your Knees
Wearing kneepads is essential, but it's far from the only way to take care of your knees. Rather, it's just one part of a multi-pronged approach to keeping your joints healthy and functional well into your golden years.
The most important thing to remember is not to put any unnecessary stress on your legs. This means that you shouldn't carry heavy loads if at all possible (make multiple trips instead), and try to limit the amount of times you kneel and rise. Before you start working, get all of your tools and materials ready and place them nearby, so that you don't have to keep getting up to get something.
Also, if you're overweight, you'll need to drop the excess pounds.
Also, if you're overweight, you'll need to drop the excess pounds. Carrying extra weight puts constant stress on your knees, making you work twice as hard to perform simple tasks. You wouldn't let your co-workers make you pick up the slack for them, so don't let your gut force you to work harder than necessary.
As you might expect, proper exercise is also important. Work all of the muscles in your legs, paying special attention to your quads and hamstrings. Squats and deadlifts will be your best friends (except when you have to actually do them), so hit the gym a couple of times a week to keep everything strong.
Strength isn't the only goal, however — flexibility is also important. Yoga is fantastic for increasing your range of motion and keeping your cartilage healthy. It also circulates the synovial fluid in your joints, which can help stave off arthritis. Get yourself a yoga mat and commit to regular stretching sessions.
Once you start taking action to protect your knees, you'll be amazed at how much of a difference you'll experience. It turns out you don't have to groan like an old man every time you stand up — but you still can if you feel you deserve a little sympathy.
Help For Damaged Knees
If you've already hurt your knees, don't fret — the situation is far from hopeless. While you may never get them back to where they were before the injury, there's no reason why you can't limit the pain you experience and enjoy a full, active lifestyle.
This can be one of the simplest changes you can make, but it can also have one of the biggest impacts on your well-being.
As mentioned above, losing weight and working out should be your first course of action. Check with your doctors before doing anything, however, as they'll have a better idea of what your body can handle. Seeing a physical therapist regularly will also pay big dividends for your health.
On days when you've pushed your knees really hard, whether in the gym or on the job site, take time to ice them when you get home. This helps reduce pain and inflammation, restoring your knees to a healthier state. Lay down, elevate your legs, and put an ice pack over your aching joints for 30 minutes or so.
In addition, many people find that acupuncture helps with knee injuries. It can boost circulation to the area, speeding the healing process while simultaneously working out knots or trigger points that could be putting undue stress on the joint.
Finding the right footwear can also alleviate any discomfort. Buy a good pair of insoles, or talk to your doctor about getting custom orthotics made to take the strain off of your knees while you walk. This can be one of the simplest changes you can make, but it can also have one of the biggest impacts on your well-being.
Most of all, just be careful. Once you've injured your knees, you're more likely to further damage them in the future, so take every precaution to keep them safe.