If you’re injured and facing a long-term recovery period, using crutches is probably not the best option for you in terms of comfort and practicality. A knee walker, or knee scooter, is a great alternative to traditional crutches for anyone who’s recovering from an ankle, foot, or knee surgery or injury. Sometimes also referred to as knee cruisers or leg walkers, these innovative mobile devices are designed to allow your injuries to fully heal while enhancing your overall independence and mobility.
A knee walker looks very similar to a push scooter designed for a child, except that it additionally has an elevated pad and platform in order to comfortably rest your knee. One of the best features about a knee scooter is that it requires little to no upper body strength, which greatly diminishes the risk of back strain and general fatigue that often happens while using conventional crutches. A knee walker enables you to remain in a comfortable, upright position while using your healthy leg and foot to push you forward in order to navigate indoors quite easily and outdoors on fairly smooth surfaces.
Although it may have a few limitations, a knee scooter is one of the best designed devices to facilitate an injured person’s mobility due to a lower-leg or knee injury. Here are some of the key benefits of using a modern-day knee walker.
When it comes to getting from point A to point B, there’s no easier device to use than a knee walker other than an actual wheelchair or stretcher. Although it can’t traverse up and down stairs, it’s incredibly easy to use. As long as the surface is fairly flat, you can reach your destination.
The knee scooter itself has both handlebars and the right-sized wheels in order to navigate the device in the direction you wish to go. The handlebars can easily be adjusted in order to accommodate the user for an even smoother ride, which makes it super easy to steer around tight spaces and corners. Because a knee scooter is designed much like a children’s scooter, no special training or instructions are required to use it.
Because of the adjustable foam knee pads and the fact that you can remain in an upright position, a knee walker is very comfortable to use, especially compared to using crutches that are notorious for creating very sore armpits. The height of the knee scooter is 100% customizable, which allows maximum comfort for the user. The handlebars are adjustable as well so you’ll never have to stoop over in an uncomfortable manner while steering the device.
Storage and Weight
Knee walkers have the ability to handle a great deal of weight in spite of their lightweight design. However, it’s still important to choose the proper model and size based on your body type so you can be adequately comfortable. Most scooters can accommodate at least 300 lbs. or more. Furthermore, a knee scooter is very easy to both handle and store when you’re not using it since the innovative design folds and collapses quite easily into a compact position. This highly-desirable feature makes both storing and transporting the device a breeze.
Overall, using a knee scooter rather than a wheelchair or crutches will enable you to enjoy a greater degree of mobility, comfort, and freedom, while performing your daily routine as you recover.
Mobility Healthcare in Lewisville believes in various mobility solutions based on each individuals needs. If you have not used crutches before, we are sure you have heard from others how painful they can be for long distances. We have a large variety of knee walkers for both rental or sale and have provided thousands of mobility solutions for Dallas Fort Worth area residents. Call us or stop by and visit with our professional staff to determine if a knee walker rental or purchase is good solution for your needs.