Can You Use a Walker Instead of Crutches
Crutches are the most popular mobility option if you have an injured leg. Still, you may want a better alternative if you're not really eager to have to deal with limited mobility and armpit and wrist fatigue.
The consensus is clear that knee walkers are a modern and superior alternative to crutches. You can, and you should use them over crutches and any other mobility aids.
Your specific injury will dictate whether you can use a knee walker or not. Knee walkers (also called knee scooters) are only used for below the knee injuries, particularly foot injuries (foot, ankle, tibia, fibula) or some medical conditions.
Doctors commonly prescribe them during non-weight bearing periods of your surgery recovery—this means not putting any weight on your injured foot.
Further Reading: Non-Weight Bearing Medical Conditions
But as always, it's essential to consult your doctor or physical therapist as far as their recommended mobility device. Once you have options, it's up to you to decide which one fits your budget and lifestyle the best.
Why Use A Knee Walker Over Crutches
You don't have to put a pause on living your life and enjoying it until you recover. Yes, crutches do the job, but a knee walker with all its advantages will allow you to keep doing most (if not all) the things you enjoy.
Here are some advantages of using a knee walker
• A knee scooter provides excellent maneuverability and is safe and comfortable to use even on rough terrains.
• It allows you to cover more distance because you are rolling on wheels and steering towards the direction you want to go.
• You to maintain your normal routine because you can use the knee walker by yourself without needing the help of anyone—maintaining your quality of life.
• Knee scooters do not require significant upper body strength to operate compared to crutches.
• Imagine, for example, being able to remain standing, put your knee walker on park mode, and have your hands free to cook a meal —a knee scooter allows for that.
While it still has a few disadvantages, its benefits still outweigh the cons, so why not go for one?
If you expect your surgery recovery to be a long one, can you imagine using crutches for an extended period?
Not only can we get around easier by using a knee scooter, but it can also support our mental health. We are happier when we feel independent and capable and don't have to depend on others to enjoy ourselves.
Further Reading: How to Choose the Right Knee Scooter for You
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