Walkers with Seats
Best Walkers with Seats
Walkers with seats are one of the best things to own if you have recently had a foot, ankle or leg injury and are having troubles getting around. There are several styles you can choose from and choosing which one is best for you all depends on the type of injury you have and what feels most comfortable and is easiest to use for you.
Last year I had broken my ankle in a snowboarding accident and was first given crouches to help me get around. I really hated the crutches as they tended to hurt my armpits. I knew a regular walker wasn't going to do the trick so started looking around for a good alternative.
While looking online for something to help me keep my mobility while being easy to use and comfortable I cam across walkers with seats. Most of the models I looked at were very similar, they had four wheels, two handles and a seat.
I did comes across some that only had three wheels but other than that they were very similar to the other models I looked at. I also came across what are called a rolling knee walker. These are a little different than the walkers with seats that I first started looking at.
Hugo Elite Rollator Walker with Seat
Hugo Elite Rollator Walker with Seat Backrest and Saddle Bag Blue
This model comes with a 2 inch seat that is height adjustable and also features a backrest for added comfort. Additionally it has an under the seat storage bag and a saddle bag so you can easily take all your necessities with you where ever you go. The bars are adjustable and this model comes with dual brakes. It does not require any tools to assemble and easily folds up to fit in most trunks. The 8 inch wheels give you added security both indoors and outdoors and this model can hold up to 300 pounds.
Hugo Rolling Walker with Seat
Rolling Knee Walker
Rolling Knee Walkers
The rolling knee walkers are more like a little scooter with handle bars and either three or four wheels and a little seat for you to place your knee on. Both types of mobility devices have several models that have brakes as well as baskets which are very handy when you need to carry things around with you.
Another big difference between the two different styles of mobility devices is that the the knee walkers are steerable while the rolling walker with seat is not. For some folks this not be a big deal and for others it could make all the difference in the world.
Steerable Knee Walker - My Choise
After checking out the different options available to me I decided to go down to a local medical supply store and test out some of the different models to see which was going to work best for me. Luckily they did had a few of both the different types of devices so I was able to try them out and see which I preferred.
After trying out both the knee walkers and the walkers with seats I choose to get one of the rolling knee walkers. They sit a little lower and and where easier for me to put my knee down and keep weight off of my ankle, additionally they were steerable. Of course being a smart consumer I did not purchase one from the medical supply store, I had already seen the kind of price I could get online and quickly realized the medical supply store was much more expensive.
I went home and jumpers on Amazon, one of my favorite places to shop online, and started reading reviews on the different models they have there. It didn't take long for me to choose the model I wanted and I quickly ordered it. After it arrived I started using it immediately and I must say I was very, very happy I had made the choice to get one of the many different steerable knee walkers that were available to me.
Drive Medical 790 Steerable Knee Walker
Drive Medical 790 Steerable Knee Walker
This steerable knee walker is one the one I purchased and I really got a lot of benefit from it. It comes with 8 inch caster wheels and is made of durable, lightweight steel. It includes duel brakes and can be put together without tools.
Better than Crutches
I used my Drive Medical 790 around the house and if I had to go somewhere my girlfriend would load it into our vehicle and I would take it with us. I was very happy to get rid of the crutches and still be able to get around and believe me things were much easier for me. Of course the only downside was if I needed to get up or down any stairs, when that was the case I of course had to revert back to using my crutches.
All in all using a knee walker definitely helped me, it could be that a rolling knee walker or a walker with a seat may be just what you need to help you get around.
What I have Learned
How to Avoid Using a Rolling Walker with a Seat
From this experience I definitely learned a few things, for one I learned that I really, really hate to use crutches. Although crutches have their uses and are needed when trying to get up or down stairs (which is very difficult), there are much better solutions such as the rolling walker with seat and the steerable knee walkers.
Of course the biggest lesson I learn from all of this was to not crash when out snowboarding. I love the outdoors, hiking, fishing, camping, and having a broken ankle would have really disrupted that if it had not happened during the winter.