Knee walkers are alternatives to crutches and wheelchairs. They allow patients to keep weight off their feet and lower legs but still remain active and independent. Knee walkers work by allowing the patient to kneel on a unit with four caster wheels and push around using the free leg.
Knee walkers are great for people who need to stay off their feet, but don't have the upper body strength to use crutches. People who only have trouble with one foot can use knee walkers instead of wheelchairs. Knee walkers are much easier to operate than wheelchairs, fit in more areas than wheelchairs, are easier to transport than wheelchairs and keep you in a standing position so you can accomplish everyday activities without much adjustment.
Getting the Right Knee Walker for You
To use a knee walker properly, you have to first buy the right size and adjust it to fit. Some knee walkers come in different heights or have adjustable parts that can be lengthened or shortened to fit appropriately. You also have to make sure you get a knee walker that can accommodate your weight because much of your body weight is rested on the knee walker when idle and in motion.
At All Time Medical, we have knee walkers available at great prices. Knee walkers are appropriate for most people who have injuries below the knee, but you should consult a doctor or therapist to make sure they are right for you. Knee walkers are not usually recommended for people with knee injuries or arthritis in the knee.