When recovering from a foot or ankle surgery or an injury such as a break or sprain you may be required to keep your foot elevated and not put weight on it, also known as “non-weight bearing”.
Traditionally your only option was to use crutches and let’s be real here, most people are not designed for using crutches. Thankfully we now have a much better solution called a Knee Walker and the main benefits are detailed below.
Easy to use
The biggest benefit to using a knee walker is that they are very easy to use with minimal strain on your body. The knee of the injured foot or ankle is placed on a cushioned knee pad so your foot is kept elevated and your knee is taking the majority of the weight as opposed to your upper body when using crutches.
One of the issues with crutches is that you don’t have full use of your arms and hands when using them. When using the knee walker you can apply the brake which will hold the knee walker in place which then enables you to have full use of your arms and hands. This of course results in greater mobility and independence during your recovery.
The knee walker can be adjusted for your height and comfort which will help ensure a better posture. The handle bar section can be adjusted up or down to ensure a more natural position whereas with crutches there is a tendency to slouch forward resulting in poor posture.
Because the knee walker is easy to use you will be more inclined to move around more and hence get more exercise and this will help with your recovery. If you miss your walks we have an all-terrain knee walker which is more suited for use outdoors.
Typically the knee walker is rented for 4-6 or for however long you will be non-weight bearing for. They can be rented from our website or by calling (01) 254 4406.