What to look for when renting or buying a Knee Walker/Knee Scooter October 17 2014
Your doctor just told you not to weight bear on your foot or ankle for 6 weeks following injury or surgery. You don’t want to use crutches but want your mobility back. Your doctor suggested using a knee walker or knee scooter but there are so many on the market how do pick the right one?
Choose the safest, most stable model available. While many of the knee walkers or knee scooters look similar many are not safe to ride.
Important features to consider before ordering a knee walker:
Strong frame with an ergonomic rider position – Ellipsoidal tubing, which is much stronger than the round tubing used by most manufacturers, also supports riders weighing 350 lbs. Handlebars lean 10% back toward the rider creating a more ergonomically correct and stable position. Avoid an offset knee rest. Shifting your weight to one side will make the scooter tippy and less stable.
Advanced steering system – SPRY Knee Walkers use a tie rod system, similar to your car. The wheels turn at the ends of the front bar so the knee walker will not get narrower during a turn, a time when you need the most stability.
Drum brakes with a parking brake – There are three types of brakes. Disc brakes, most expensive and require frequent adjustment. Lever brakes, which drag against the rear wheels and is the least effective especially during wet weather. And drum brakes, which are progressive, effective and require the least amount of adjustment.
Comfortable and adjustable knee rest – You are going to use the knee walker for several weeks so make sure it is comfortable to ride and fits your height.
Large wheels – Easier to navigate knee walkers over thick carpet or rough terrain.
No tools – Make sure the knee scooter can be adjusted without the need for tools.
Parts Availability – Look for a manufacturer that stocks ALL replacement parts for their knee walkers.