Have you received an ankle injury or know someone who has? Provide them or yourself with one of the best gifts of technology: A Knee scooter. It’s a vehicle cum assistant for you as it will help you carry on activities and comfort your injured leg.
Thinking of buying a knee scooter but do not know how to use one? This article is for you because here we will discuss knee scooters, their importance, benefits, adjustments, usage instructions, safety-related precautions, and much more, so why wait? Let’s hop in!
What is a knee scooter?
A knee scooter is used as a medical recovery device for those who have injuries below the knee. These scooters are composed of three to four wheels and a knee resting platform along with handlebars. They can be described as a perfect alternative to crutches or canes. They allow injured people to move freely and peacefully even during the recovery period. The user can drive and move by sliding their unaffected leg and placing their affected portion in the resting place. Using a knee scooter, Hus even an injured person can move with comfort by resting their affected leg.
What are knee scooters used for?
The primary purpose of knee scooters is to help those who have permanently disabled or temporarily injured feet -to move. Those who cannot bear any weight on that part of the injury in their feet can benefit from these scooters as they can keep their injured leg rested on the resting platform. So people who are injured or partially paralyzed won’t miss out on their lives and continue doing their regular activities.
Benefits of A Knee Scooter:
- It won’t tire it’s riders as it requires significantly less strength or energy input from the rider’s upper body.
- It lets the injured leg be rested in a non weight bearing position
- The hands can be kept free during standing so you can do other activities with your hand.
- The knee scooter helps to keep the body in a natural upright position, thus increasing stability.
- Increases muscle activity by allowing you to use both legs to balance.
When and who can use a knee scooter:
- Before going for an ankle injury
- Recovery from an ankle surgery
- Those who are recovering from an ankle injury such as a sprain, strain, or fracture.
- While recovering from a foot ulcer or wound or waiting for surgery
- Before an amputation to leg or foot
- If your leg or ankle is permanently or temporarily disabled.
- If you have difficulty walking due to foot or ankle pain, stiffness, or discomfort on one side
How to adjust the knee scooter:
Adjusting the knee scooter according to your convenience is essential. It will help you ride and use the scooter with comfort. The two main things that need to be adjusted are:
- the height of the knee rest
- The handlebars.
How to Adjust Knee Rest Height/How to adjust knee pad:
Some knee scooter models allow you to adjust the knee pad to better support your left or right leg. The knee pad helps provide comfort to your injured leg. It will also help your unaffected foot(the one on the ground) make strides with a lot more ease and prevent your foot from hitting the side of the scooter frame.
- First, you have to stand up straight and hold a stationary object as a means of support. Then bend your injured knee precisely 90 degrees. Measure the distance from the bottom of your bent(injured) knee to the floor. After noting the distance between your knee and the floor, adjust the knee pad’s height to match the same length. It should be equal in size from the surface of the knee pad to the floor.
- Now that you know the position, you want your knee pad to be adjusted to raise or lower the knee pad post and securely lock it into place, following the instructions in your knee scooter user manual.
How to Adjust the Handlebars
You will understand if your handlebars’ height is okay for you or not if the size of the handlebar is about the same height as your waist.
To set the height of your handlebar accordingly, first, unlock the handlebar height adjustment knob and then set the size by extending or contracting the bar. You are advised to refer to your knee walker’s user manual for proper locking and unlocking instructions.
How to ride/Use knee scooters:
- Firstly you have to lock the hand brakes of your knee scooter. You have to ensure that your scooter is stationary and doesn’t move until you place yourself on it correctly.
- Now you have to firmly put both of your hands on the handlebars as it will support you while placing your injured feet in the resting platform.
- Then, mount your injured leg on the knee resting platform and keep the unaffected leg on the ground.
Make Sure you have a balanced posture. Do not hunch or bend down your backbone over the unit. Ensure that your injured leg is resting precisely at an angle of 90 degrees over the knee pad, and your hips should be even to the pad.
- Now, you have to unlock your handbrakes.
- Hold the hand brakes and slightly push your fine leg slowly to move at a controlled speed. Slide your unaffected leg(that is on the ground) to push yourself and the scooter forward.
- When you want to stop or halt, you have to apply weight with your unaffected leg onto the ground. Do not attempt to stop using the hand brakes as that won’t do anything. When you have stopped, you have to lock the hand brakes to keep the scooter halted.
- Use the handbrake as a support system and hold them while stepping off the scooter.
How to use knee scooters to turn corners:
Often you will need to turn around corners with your scooters. The first and foremost thing you need to do while turning a corner is to SLOW DOWN. If you move too fast, there is a risk of you getting tipped over by your scooter. Keep your hand on the handlebars and apply the brakes gently as you turn around the corner.9. Make Proper Turns
Turn the handlebars to guide the wheels into the direction you would like to go. Take note of your model’s turning capabilities. Most models can turn 40-45 degrees. Depending on how tight the corners are, you might need to do a three-point-turn (we hope you remember this from the driver’s ed.) With practice, this will become more natural.
The knee scooters are usually used by injured people, not to cause further injuries, safety measures are essential to be followed. Please read the following tips and take them into account while riding your knee scooters.
- Always hold on or LOCK your knee scooter brakes whenever you’re getting on or off – your knee scooter. The brakes will halt the scooter by keeping it stationery so you can get on or off the scooter safely.
- You have to use your knee scooter brakes to control the speed while taking a turn. When going downhill, make sure to use your hand brakes at that time, too, as it will help maintain the pace.
- Do not forget to adjust the height of the scooter according to your convenience.
- Ensure the fact that the pins and nuts in the scooter are tightly fastened.
- It is highly advisable NOT to climb or descend stairs or escalators of any kind with your scooter. Do not attempt to descend or climb stairs, steps, or escalators of any kind with your knee scooter.
- When willing to stop the scooter, always use the unaffected feet(the one on the ground) and then press the hand brakes to put the scooter in a halted or stationary position.
- When moving along with the scooter, put both hands on the handlebars. Avoid holding other things or stuff. Buy a basket or cup holder and attach it to the scooter if you need to carry extra stuff.
- Do not carry a baby or other person while on your scooter.
- You are recommended to wear non-slip shoes while using the knee scooter.
- Push your scooter VERY SLOWLY when turning corners.
- When you need to use both your hands to do chores (while still mounted on your scooter), always lock the brakes to add stability.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to make your knee scooter more comfortable
You can have a more comfortable experience in your scooter, firstly by choosing the proper model as in the one, which suits your convenience, adjust the knee pad orientation and your handlebars. Do not forget to use standard balanced posture.
Do knee scooters work on carpet?
You can use Knee scooters on carpets. But it would be best if you went a bit more careful and slow when you transition from smooth to rough or from rough to smooth surfaces.
Are our knee scooters safe?
If ridden carefully and maintaining proper safety measures, they ought to be safe. No strain is put on the injured leg as it is kept rested in a comfortable position. Moreover, this rested position will help the injured part of the portion to heal faster.
How do I choose a knee scooter?
Before purchasing a scooter, there are three factors you should consider, and they are:
- Height capacity
- Weight capacity
- Adjustable handlebars
Can you sit on a knee walker?
You cannot sit on your knee scooter. This is because a knee scooter cannot support all of your body weight.
In this article, we have had a thorough discussion on almost all the aspects of a knee scooter. I hope you will no longer have any problem with using your knee scooter. Share this article with the ones you know who have a knee scooter, and if you have any query do leave a comment below!