If you’ve ever had to use crutches, you know what a bother they can be. Using crutches requires both hands and a good sense of balance and coordination. It often leads to soreness, and using crutches over a long distance is tiring.
Fortunately, there are other options, such as a knee walker (also called a knee scooter). A knee walker allows you to get around independently (unlike a wheelchair) and takes the strain off of your arms and hands. With crutches, you are more likely to trip or fall, but with a knee scooter, you have better balance. The wheels allow you to move faster and further than crutches, and when you need to rest, just use the knee pad as a bench or as a footstool to elevate your leg.
Knee walkers are designed for injuries below the knee. The individual must be able to bend his or her leg at the knee and rest the upper shin on the knee pad.
Some rolling knee walkers include a front basket for carrying books, a water bottle, a wallet or purse, and anything else you need to bring. The entry level models provide the basics at a more affordable price. Higher end knee walkers offer more amenities, like swivel wheels, steerable front wheels, and storage options. All knee walkers include hand brakes for safety.
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