What is a Knee Walker?More than likely, you've never heard of a knee walker until now. Most people don't know they exist until they have struggled with crutches or are tired of being limited in a wheelchair during their recovery. A knee walker is a medical mobility device used for below the knee injuries as an alternative to crutches. Knee walkers are often also referred to as a leg caddy, knee scooter, leg walker, knee rover or knee cruiser just to name a few.
Freedom from Crutches!In the past, people undergoing foot or ankle surgery had no choice but to solely use crutches or wheelchairs to avoid placing weight on their foot as it healed during recovery. Since their development, knee scooters have provided patients with greater mobility and freedom from the pain and inconvenience of crutches and wheelchairs. Additionally, there are many benefits to using one, which are discussed on our Why Use a Knee Scooter section.
How Does It Work?The most common type of knee walker resembles a scooter with an elevated pad to rest the knee of your injured leg on. You then propel yourself with your good leg and steer the unit by turning the handlebar to control the direction of the front wheels. All models are designed to keep your leg with the injury fully non-weight bearing while still providing easy mobility. You will be at your normal height, so you are able to still perform daily tasks. Plus, since they are much slimmer than a wheelchair, using a knee walker around your house is convenient and practical. To learn more, check out our How to Use a Knee Walker Guide.
Early ModelsWith Originally, when knee walkers were introduced they were non-steerable with fixed front wheels but were lightweight and folded easily, similar to an ironing board. Still available today, these are commonly Basic Knee Walkers. Since they don't steer, these models require the user to lift the front wheels in order to change direction. While still a great option for users who want a slim design, the market progressed to also offer a more maneuverable option - steerable!
- We offer a full variety of both steerable and non-steerable models. To compare all the knee scooters by their top features in one chart, visit our Compare Knee Walkers. Or answer a few simple questions in our interactive Help Me Choose Quiz to help pinpoint which model may be fit your needs.