Best Knee Scooter for Achilles Injury
- Whether you're doing surgery or casting to repair your Achilles injury, recovering from it is no piece of cake. The severity of the injury obviously differs from person to person. But in either case, one thing remains true.
Your recovery and rehab phase will be crucial for you to gain full Achilles functionality back. This tendon is what helps you walk, run, jump, etc. Post-surgery care and the rehab process is crucial.
The best approach varies for each individual and their specific injury. It is something you and your doctor will discuss.
What to Expect after Treatment or Surgery?
According to Cal Sports & Orthopedic Institue, a typical cast treatment requires a non-weight bearing period of 6-8 weeks. It will then be followed by several weeks in a walking boot (weight-bearing) until the tendon properly heals.
If you undergo surgical treatment for your Achilles injury (according to the University of Wisconsin Hospital), you can expect to be wearing a cast (or any type of immobilization device) for 6-12 weeks. Again, it varies on each person's particular situation.
Right after the surgery is complete, you'll most likely have a cast put on and remain non-weight bearing. At this point, you will need to be using crutches or have the option of using a knee scooter.
A knee scooter will allow you to move around quicker (but safely) and with very minimal effort. Additionally, it will enable you to perform your usual daily chores at home, work, or leisure activities.
Sidenote: They also referred to as knee walkers, roll abouts, leg scooters or knee caddies. They are all the same device.
What is the Best Knee Scooter for Achilles Injuries?
When choosing a good knee scooter to use for your Achilles injury, we like to tell our customers to focus on comfort first.
Remember, you will be using it for several weeks, so we think it's essential to choose knee scooters that will be an ally, not an annoyance, during your recovery period.
Key Features to Look for
Here are some key points to consider when deciding on a knee scooter:
Our Recommended Models
There are two models that we sell that meet these criteria and have been popular with our customers.
Swivelmate Knee Walker
The Swivelmate is our most popular scooter for those who will mainly use the scooter indoors.
Orthomate All Terrain Knee Walker
The Orthomate is one of the best all-terrain knee scooters because it's designed as a hybrid indoor and outdoor knee scooter.
This scooter excels outdoors, but they're also fully usable indoors. The air-filled rubber wheels absorb all the shock of rough terrains like concrete, uneven surfaces like sidewalks, light grass, etc.
For people who are active and want to enjoy outdoor activities, this a great fit.
But sometimes, a knee scooter may not be the best option for you.
Because of previous conditions, such as sensitive knees, previous knee surgeries, or any current or past injuries that may cause knee scooter use to be uncomfortable.
For this, a seated knee scooter is a great option. Read more about them on this guide. You'll learn what they are, how they work, and our recommended models.
Disclaimer: If you suspect you have a health related issue please get proper medical care as this information is not meant to diagnose, treat or take the place of a Doctor or any licensed professional.
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