A suitable Medical Knee Scooter – vital features to consider

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A Typical Medical Knee Scooter

Brief Introduction

A suitable medical knee Scooter is always recommended: to aid an injured foot, ankle or leg and after foot surgery.

These measures help to decrease pain, inconveniences and quicken recovery.

The image of a typical medical knee scooter is shown above. And there are as many varieties  as there are manufacturers.

Now, there is a new addition. This post is not about the newcomers but it is rather reviewing different types of medical scooters to explain the process for choosing a suitable one for an individual.

No two injuries, surgeries, sizes or lengths of legs are the same. So, every person will require a medical scooter that suits the type of leg or foot.

One does not stop living – moving around, enjoying outdoor events, running erands, etc. – because of an injured foot or ankle. Participating in these activities are now easy thanks to the medical knee scooters.

 

2 in 1 contour leg ramp
Contour 2 in 1 leg ramp - aid to an injured leg

Benefits

Using a cane, walker, crutches, etc. with a foot injury or after a foot surgery can cause some excruciating pains at the shoulders. A friend was going through this ordeal until a knee scooter was donated to him.

These days pains due to a surgery or an injury is ameliorated with drugs. But muscles or body parts that must compensate to support the foot will be stressed to the limit, making regular crutches, walking canes and walkers, unacceptable.

It is interesting to know that a medical knee scooter is not a new invention.It has been in use for thousands of years. 

Features To Look For

The vital role of a knee scooter is already established. But since there are different varieties on the market, what features should guide a person to make a choice?

 As stated earlier, no one type of medical knee scooter can serve the needs of every person.

It is only after Due Diligence that a suitable type of knee scooter will be zeroed in on.

The exercise will consist of: considering all aspects of the problem, including financial, the type of injury, size of the person requiring the vehicle, types of knee scooters available and within reach, etc.

The major considerations

  • strength and rigidity to carry weight envisaged.

  • how stable is the scooter in terms of balance – a four-wheel is most stable

  • how healthy is the user to determine the number of wheels – ability to control and manipulate the device

  • is the footrest adjustable in terms of height to match the length of the leg of the user

  • breaking-system and the general control of the vehicle – should be easy enough for the rider to control

  • are the accessories readily available, easy to assemble and dismantle or foldable – easy to transport

  • the knee pad – how soft, of what material – to provide comfort;

  • how is pressure distribution and air flow in the pad to avoid damping and wetness

  • traditional – good for indoors use only or the all-terrain version – good for outdoor use.

  • is the price competitive and where is the cheapest place to buy from?

  • check guarantee – comfortable?

  • return policy comfortable? and check my rating.

Comparative Analysis of Eight Medical Knee Scooters

You can walk into any supermarket and walk out with a knee scooter. Alternatively, one is available online. Those are not all it takes.

No! Due diligence is the first thing to do as indicated earlier.

The table above shows a necessary part of the process of choosing a suitable knee scooter. It is self-explanatory.

From the above table two knee scooters are chosen and the reasons for the choices are explained:

OasisSpace

  • Approved by the FDA, OasisSpace has the highest medical standards of knee walkers.

  • The four wheels are pneumatic and all-terrain, assuring better balance, suitable for both indoor and outdoor application.

  • The sensitive braking system recommends highly this piece of technology.

  • a basket for personal items or groceries is a part of the unit.

  • At a price of $189.99 with FREE Shipping or $31.67/month for 6 months (plus S&H), a-12-months warranty, OasisSpace is a bargain. I gave it a grade of 9 in 10.

KneeRover Deluxe

  • can carry up to 300 lbs; ideal for indoor or outdoor use.

  • The KneeRover Delux is one of the most advanced knee walkers in the industry

  • quick folding mechanism for easy transportation

  • the tires are of solid polyurethane rubber with shock absorbing sealed windows

  • maximum stability and control when in use

  • a basket for personal items or groceries is a part of the unit.

At a price of $159.99 and free shipping, kneeRover deluxe is Amazon’s ‘Choice’. 

These two knee scooters – the KneeRover deluxe with solid rubber wheels and a price tag of $159.99 and OasisSpace with air-filled pneumatic wheels at a price of $189.99 are on top of the line. I gave it a grade of 8 in 10.

There is a slight differences between the two: the KneeRover is the Amazon’s choice while OasisSpace is FDA-approved as the best knee scooter.

I recommend the KneeRover Deluxe knee scooter because of the price difference.

Proper Operation

The following is a recommended proper operation of a knee scooter:

 

Knee Scooter, Pads.

first thing first: keep the scooter stable by locking in the brakes before placing the injured foot

  • hands on the handlebars at all times.

  • the injured leg or foot is placed 90 degrees on and parallel to the pad with the whole body weight placed on the pad not on the leg.

  • rider should not lean backwards to avoid sitting on the bad leg or make the scooter unstable

  • when ready to move, release the brakes and use your good leg to propel the knee scooter and yourself forward.

  • push gently with the good leg to avoid going too fast and avoid falling over

  • If you have to turn right or left, make a wide angle turn.

Who is the Product For?

I have never see anybody using knee scooter for fun.

It has been used by individuals recovering from leg injuries or surgeries to the foot, ankle or lower leg as well as below the knee amputees.

Pros and Cons

Those that use crutches to move about or rather hop around complain of the inconveniences and pain they endure. These do not account for the strains and pains to the shoulders and the hands.

The crutch users are unable to stand and watch or take part in a game. It is difficult to make use of the hands or hold things while using the crutches.

These difficulties or inconveniences are eliminated by the use of a suitable knee scooter. So, a scooter is a better alternative to a crutch. 

Final thought

It is clear, the vital role a suitable medical knee scooter plays in the healing process of an incapacitated foot or leg.

It is because it provides conveniences and comfort to the user that makes it a more preferable alternative to walkers, canes and crutches.

Different types are now readily available, and relatively inexpensive. And with the current return policy, those who have the need should not hesitate to try one out.

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