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In a perfect world you would not have to choose between a knee scooter or crutches. In the event that you obtain a lower limb injury such a sprained or broken foot, leg or ankle or have undergone surgery you might require the use of a knee scooter or crutches. Knee Scooters (often referred as a roll-about or knee walker) and crutches serve similar purposes, to elevate and keep weight off the injured body part.
– Knee Scooters are generally the preferred option when people have an ankle or foot injury as the knee walker allows them rest the lower part of the leg on the knee pad, keeping the foot and ankle elevated and non-weight bearing. The knee scooters at Independently Yours Medical Supplies feature a contoured knee/leg pad, dual locking hand breaks, a basket, and handle bars that allow for easy turning. Knee walkers are usually preferred over crutches because it allows for greater mobility, making it easier to get around and travel further distances. The knee walkers are also lower to the ground providing better stability, provide a basket for storage, and prevents the chances of slipping on wet floors. Unlike crutches, knee scooters do not require upper body strength, nor do they put strain on the hands, wrists and arm pits.
– Crutches are more commonly used then knee scooters as a result of availability, knowledge of crutches vs knee scooters, and that crutches serve a wider range of injuries. If you have decent upper body strength, crutches will allow you to keep weight off the entire injured leg, foot, ankle or hip. Crutches are handy for getting around tight spots, going into bathrooms, going up and down stairs, as well as getting in and out of cares. Crutches will take some time getting used to with figuring how to use them and get around. A concern with basic, standard crutches is that they can seem unsteady, hard to use, and that your hands are tied up preventing you from carrying things.
Very often knee walkers and crutches are only needed for a temporary period of time. Some medical supply stores, like Independently Yours Medical Supplies, offer knee scooters and crutches for both rent and purchase. Knee Scooter rentals and crutch rentals allow people to use these items for the duration of the injury or recovery period, and then return them when they are done, for just a fraction of the cost it would to be to purchase them. For instance, a one month knee scooter rental at Independently Yours cost $120, and includes a clean, high quality knee scooter, with a basket, dual locking hand breaks, a contoured cut out knee/leg rest, and easily folds up to fit in your car. The cost of that same brand new knee scooter on average is about $325. By renting a knee walker, you no longer have to worry about storing it when you are done, or paying for more then you need. Obviously if you have to keep weight off of your foot or ankle for an extended period of time, at least 3 months, then purchasing a knee scooter is more economical. To view our knee scooter rental rates click here.
The Nova Knee Scooter is ideal to provide non-weight bearing mobility for ankle, foot or Achilles injuries. Fits users of heights 4’11” to 6’2″ and has a 300 lb. weight capacity. Features dual locking hand breaks, 8″ rugged wheels, a basket and folds down, while weighing only 25 lbs. Daily, Weekly, and Monthly rentals available.
The Standard Aluminum Crutches are made of lightweight aluminum, with an unbreakable collar and a reinforced center for added support and strength. Available in 4 different sizes.
The Mobilegs Ultra Crutches feature a well ventilated articulating arm saddle to promote continuous air flow, and prevent skin irritation when walking. Completely height adjustable with rocker feet for added comfort, and ergonomic grip handles. Much superior to standard crutches.
The Adult Forearm Crutches are adjustable in height and made out of lightweight aluminum. They are for users between the heights of 5’3″ and 6’2″ and are sold in pairs. The weight of the pair of crutches is 3.8 lb.
iWALK Free 2.0 is the hands free, pain free alternative to conventional crutches and knee scooters. The iWALK is a crutch alternative for non-weight bearing lower leg injuries that frees the user from the limitations of conventional crutches. No more pain, nerve damage, or using your arms to support your weight, because the iWALK2.0 enables the user to walk normally without using your upper body to provide support. If you need to be non-weight bearing for any length of time and do not want give up your traditional daily routine, the iWALK Free is for you!