5 Knee Scooter Mistakes to Avoid
- Knee scooters are a great way to get around when you have an injury or surgery. However, they can be tricky to use and there are many mistakes that people make with them.
In this article, we will discuss the 5 most common knee scooter mistakes that you should avoid to stay safe and healthy!
Using an old knee scooter
Using a second-hand knee scooter can be risky. You don't know how long it has been used and what conditions the parts are in.
Are the brakes fully functional?
Are the wheel bearings in good condition?
If the tires are pneumatic, are they filled to the recommended pressure?
Is the knee rest pad worn out?
At Rent A Knee Walker, for our rental models, we have certified technicians that do a multi-point inspection, cleaning, and necessary adjustments to our rental fleet before they go back out to customers.
It's a good idea to buy new or certified refurbished, and be certain that it has all the parts in optimal working order.
It can also give you peace of mind knowing your scooter doesn't have any hidden defects that can risk a further injury.
Not adjusting the knee scooter to your size.
We often see photos of videos of knee scooter users slouched over, dragging their knee—overall having bad riding posture.
Improper adjustment of a knee scooter may cause imbalance, which can lead to you falling, or it can be uncomfortable—overall, you'll have an uncomfortable recovery.
Always read the manufacturer's instructions for how to set up and adjust your knee scooter.
Check out our guide on important knee scooter adjustments.
Most knee scooters come with a helpful accessory basket, or they can be purchased separately. This basket is a lifesaver for carrying stuff with you while doing chores.
However, it's only meant to hold light items—items you can comfortably carry with one hand. If you load it with heavy objects, the scooter becomes front-heavy and can tip over and risk injuring yourself.
Don't sit on the knee rest.
The knee rest platform is not designed to act as a seat.
The padded knee platform was designed to support your knee, not your entire body weight. This can cause the knee rest column to weaken or the bolt to break.
If someone sits on a knee scooter, there is a risk that they will slide off when getting up from a sitting position or during sitting.
Avoid trick shots—yes, this means no crazy stuff for TikTok.
While it's good to keep good spirits during your injury recovery, it's important not to engage in activities that further compromise your injury.
Resist any temptation to do tricks for the likes on TikTok. Instead, always operate your knee scooter safely and as recommended by the manufacturer's instructions.
Related: Knee Scooter Safety Tips
To conclude, avoiding all these common mistakes with your knee scooter will keep you safe and have a speedy recovery. A knee scooter is a great tool for recovering from your broken foot, so use it as recommended.
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