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 & 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
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