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Knee walkers - the sane alternative to crutches

Updated on October 22, 2012

Knee walker scooters make life so much easier when recovering from leg pain or surgery

I've had two major operations in my life - both put me off my feet and onto crutches for 6-8 weeks. I sure wish I'd know about knee walker scooters when I was going through my knee and foot surgery. I hated using crutches and, the truth is, I took two tumbles while trying to maneuver those metal beasts around my house. Using a knee walker would have made so much sense!

In case you've never seen a knee walker scooter, that thing in the picture is one of the highest rated knee walkers on Amazon.com. A knee walker is designed so that one can put their hurt leg on the knee walker for support and scoot around by pushing with the good leg. Mobility when recovering from knee or foot surgery, or any leg injury has never been easier.

For more detailed information about one of the most popular mobility aids on Amazon, please see my article spotlighting the Drive medical 790 neebop steerable knee walker scooter cart.

The Roll-A-Bout All Terrain Knee Walker Scooter

No need to miss your kid's soccer game just because you're sporting a new cast on your leg! The Roll-A-Bout all terrain knee walker scooter is the Cadillac of models when it comes to the most upscale (and expensive!) knee scooter on the market. With 12" tires, this knee scooter will take you through all types of mud, grass, and even deliver you to your favorite beach chair.

Roll-A-Bout All Terrain Knee Walker
Roll-A-Bout All Terrain Knee Walker

With large foam rubber tires, you won't have to worry about being bogged down in sand, mud, or any other type of rougher terrain. The Roll-A-Bout All Terrain Knee Walker is designed to deliver you anywhere you desire to go in relative comfort. This knee scooter is designed to fit anyone from 4'9" to 6'4". And, this heavy duty knee scooter will accommodate those up to 500 lbs. If you need a knee walker for a long time, this is the definite pick for you.

 

Knee walker scooters on Amazon.com

All of the below knee walker scooters are highly rated by reviewers on Amazon.com. All come with some sort of warrantee and are guaranteed to make life much easier, and safer, than using traditional crutches. I've even used my knee scooter for wheeling a 40lb bag of dog food from the car...how's that for versatility?

The below knee scooters are listed in order of price - lowest to highest. Just click on any picture to see more information about the particular mobility aid.

Essential Medical Supply Free Spirit Knee and Leg Walker
Essential Medical Supply Free Spirit Knee and Leg Walker

This walker has a 30% turning radius which is a bit better than the others. They tend not to 'corner' so quickly but, really - are you in a rush??? This is the most expensive knee walker in this series. Head down to the 5th knee scooter below if you're looking for economical.

 
Roscoe Knee Scooter with Basket, White, Crutch Alternative for Foot or Ankle Injuries, Adjustable Handlebar and Knee Platform Height
Roscoe Knee Scooter with Basket, White, Crutch Alternative for Foot or Ankle Injuries, Adjustable Handlebar and Knee Platform Height

Love the retro white color although turquoise would be much more fun. This walker holds up to 300 lbs.

 
KneeRover Steerable Knee Scooter Knee Walker Crutches Alternative in Green
KneeRover Steerable Knee Scooter Knee Walker Crutches Alternative in Green

Reviewers loved this more economical scooters although one person mentioned that it doesn't turn very sharply around corners. It would still be better than crutches in my book!

 
Drive Medical DV8 Aluminum Steerable Knee Walker Crutch Alternative
Drive Medical DV8 Aluminum Steerable Knee Walker Crutch Alternative

134 reviewers out of 179 gave this steerable knee walker 5 stars - the highest rating on Amazon.

 

Knee scooter accessories

Pimp out that knee walker scooter with a cool basket or an upscale knee gel thingee....

Plaster cast protectors

I'm so glad I wasn't younger when I had my first cast as these waterproof cast protectors are a fairly new invention. I used one of these half leg protectors to seal my cast so I could take a bath or even relax in the pool for a bit. These cast protectors keep casts from getting wet by basically vacuum sealing the cast within a heavy duty plastic. I loved mine, although, in the spirit of full disclosure, I busted mine 3 weeks after getting it by accidentally pushing my nail through it when I was pulling it up - bummer....

Knee walkers on eBay

You might need a knee scooter just for a short period of time while you recuperate from your leg trama so it might make sense to find one on eBay for a lesser price. Here's a few choices for you (hint: you can easily sell it on eBay again once you're back on your feet).

Have you ever used a knee walker and, if so, aren't they much nicer than crutches? Please leave me comments!

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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 5 years ago

      Crutches are really hard work. These look like a much better option

    • toddhs profile image

      toddhs 5 years ago

      My wife loved hers! She used the crutches for a day and a half... she had enough.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I wish my mother would have had one of these when she recently broke her ankle! Blessed!

    • Jogalog profile image

      Jogalog 5 years ago

      My father-in-law had to use one of these after a foot operation and found it really useful.

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