Undoubtedly 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 as an alternative to crutches. Knee scooters are often also referred to as a leg caddy, knee scooter, leg walker & 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.
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. Other styles, such as the Invacare, have swivel wheels on the front which makes the unit steer more like a shopping cart. All models are designed to keep your leg with the injury fully non-weight bearing while still providing easy mobility.
Early Models ↓
Early knee walker models were a simple design with fixed-wheels that were lightweight and folded like a chair. These models required the user to lift the front wheels in order to change direction. While still a great alternative to crutches, manufacturers realized their limitations and evolved the products to become steerable.
Steerable Knee Walkers →
Current models improved on the advantages of the earlier design by allowing the user to steer the knee scooter using handle bars and hand brakes like a bicycle. For active users on the go during their recovery, steerable knee walkers are definitely the model of choice.