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Tips for Using a Steerable Knee-Walker
After a lower-leg injury, a Knee Walker is a much easier and safer way to get around than with crutches; however, there are some practices that, when followed, will help make your knee scooter more functional and safer.
Before Deciding on a Knee Walker:
• Consult your physician or physical therapist to see if a knee walker will fit your condition.
• Your uninjured leg must have strength to propel the scooter while carrying your full weight.
Prior to Using the Steerable Knee Walker:
• Check to see that the steering column is securely fastened and square with the front axle.
• Test the brakes. Adjust if needed.
• Check the Knee Pad to see that it is secure and positioned at a comfortable height.
• For All-Terrain Knee Walkers – Check tire inflation
When Using the Knee Walker:
Before getting on the Knee Walker, engage and lock the brakes. Do this every time that you mount or dismount the walker. This helps stabilize the knee scooter so that you can get on more easily and safely.
Riding over high floor thresholds and similar “bumps” can be a challenge. Going too quickly can tip the walker forward. For higher “bumps”, come to a complete stop, then lift one wheel maneuver it over the bump. Repeat the process for the other wheel. Once the front wheels are over, you are “good to go”
Avoid going around a corner too fast. If you pick up speed as you round the corner, the walker can tip over.
Sitting Down and Getting Up:
To sit down (e.g. on chair, toilet, couch, etc.), it’s easier and safer if you back into the seat and lock the brakes. You can then easily and safely dismount and sit down. Then the walker is ready to be used as an elevated “foot rest” to protect the injured leg and minimize swelling. It’s also positioned to easily and safely re-mount.
When doing “stationary work” such as preparing food at a counter, put the walker in the most comfortable position and lock the brakes.
Outside the home:
When you need to leave home with your knee walker, start with small trips. Your uninjured may not yet be used to longer distances and you don’t want to be further away from “home base” than you can manage.
If you need to operate on grass, gravel or other unpaved surfaces, use a knee walker designed for that purpose, such as the All-Terrain Knee Rover. Walkers with hard tires should not be used on unpaved surfaces.
For an excellent selection of Knee Walker Scooters, visit our Steerable Knee Walkers page.
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