How do I choose a knee scooter?
When purchasing a knee walker there are three things you should look at. Weight and height capacity make sure the knee walker you are purchasing will actually work for you. This means that the adjustable handle bars will be able to adjust to fit your height, and your knee walker will be able to support your weight.
Is a knee scooter worth it?
A knee scooter is an excellent option for someone who needs a little extra help with mobility, whether due to a foot injury or post-surgery. It has significant benefits over traditionally used crutches. But even though it’s an extremely useful mobility aid, there are certain limitations that must be considered.
Is a knee scooter better than crutches?
Knee walkers are usually preferred over crutches because it allows for greater mobility, making it easier to get around and travel further distances. Unlike crutches, knee scooters do not require upper body strength, nor do they put strain on the hands, wrists and arm pits.
Are all knee scooters the same?
While all knee walkers include some of the same features (wheels, padded “seat” to rest your knee, handlebars for steering), there are many makes and models available on the market. A few of the different options/features available include: Brakes Handlebar brakes similar to what you would see on a bicycle.
Is a knee scooter a medical device?
While Medicare does cover durable medical equipment (DME), we have learned from customers that it does not cover the cost of a knee scooter (knee walker, as also referred)—even despite knee scooters being classified as a DME.
How well do knee scooters work?
When it comes to overall ease of everyday use, a knee scooter wins by-far. These devices glide and assist users in moving, while crutches rely on the upper-body strength of the user to carry the weight of their afflicted leg.
Which is better knee scooter or crutches?
Overall, knee scooters are safer and easier to use than crutches. On a knee scooter, you rest your injured leg on a padded knee rest, as opposed to holding your injured leg up while you support yourself with crutches. Crutches are very physically demanding; it requires a great deal up upper body strength to use.
What is better than crutches?
Knee scooters (also called knee walkers, roll abouts, or non-weight bearing scooters) are an excellent alternative to crutches after foot surgery. A knee scooter is a modern solution to keeping your injured leg non-weight bearing. Knee walkers are relatively pain-free to use.May 5, 2020
When would you use a knee scooter?
Knee scooters can be used before surgery when the patient is injured and the patient is going to have surgery soon. Some patients require the weight bearing relief of a walker before having surgery on wounds such as diabetic wounds or ulcers, torn Achilles tendon, or if they are having surgery to the foot or ankle.
Why do people need knee scooters?
Knee scooters are a modern-day solution that helps people move around with far more ease compared to the pain, discomfort, and physical exertion of using crutches. Knee walkers allow you to cover significantly more distance comfortably. You can only get so far with crutches before your upper body gives out.
When should you use a knee scooter?
Before an amputation to leg or foot. If you have a permanently disabled leg, foot, or ankle. If you are elderly and have difficulty walking due to foot or ankle pain, stiffness or discomfort on one side.Sep 4, 2018