For the next 5 weeks or so, I’m going go be wearing a knee brace. It’s rather large, extending from fairly high up on my thigh to about half way down my calf. I’ve never worn any such thing before and I’m a bit self conscious about it. I’m also still trying to figure out how to wear it since I have been wearing it so tight it’s caused chafing and blistering. (Yes, I have talked to my physical therapist about this.) I’ve got a few questions for the Teeming Millions, both those who wear similar things and others.
[ul][li]If I need to tighten or loosen it, where should I do so, assuming I don’t have to remove any articles of clothing? Bathrooms tend to be a bit cramped, but it seems a bit personal to do so at my desk which is fully exposed to the office as a whole. At work, there’s a little used hallway outside the bathroom which has a couple of chairs. That’s where I’ve been making necessary adjustments for now.[/li][li]Is it polite to have the brace exposed in public? I’m not sure how well it will fit under pants, so I’ve been wearing skirts or shorts. I’ve got 2 or 3 skirts which are long enough to hide it, but the others aren’t. [/li][li]If it won’t fit under a pair of pants, is it medically advisable to wear it over a pair of pants? Is it polite to do so?[/ul][/li]Here’s a picture of what I’m wearing (a different model, but nearly identical appearance). Clearly it’s not going to turn up on the runways in Paris in the near future, although I wouldn’t rule out a science fiction movie. I realize my concerns may sound rather ridiculous and it’s a vast improvement over the crutches I’ve been using. On the other hand, I am English, at the risk of furthering a stereotype, and I do want to do this correctly.
I’m looking forward to your advice.