During the healing period after a foot injury, having surgery, or caring for a healing wound, non-weightbearing may be required.  While crutches can be used to prevent pressure to foot, they can be very difficult to use safely. A rolling knee scooter can prevent falls and fatigue when used properly.  

Follow these simple tips to prevent injury and make movement easier

Properly fitting your knee scooter to you:

  • Adjust the height of the knee rest so the knee is at 90 degrees, the knee should not be acutely bent
  • Adjust height of hand rest to fall around the height of the belly button or waist
  • The scooter should have 4 wheels, the wider their separation the better for stability
  • Tighten all height adjustment points, if left untightened the handlebars especially can be wobbly

How to move properly:

  • Move slowly at the pace of a casual walker
  • Be aware of your surroundings
    • Debris - hitting a wheel on an object can make hands twist and create a fall
    • Crack/joints in concrete or thresholds to rooms should be approached with both wheels square, or hands may twist
  • In tight spaces like hallways use the Y turn to reverse direction
    • Move slowly when backing up as the device in less stable when backing up

What NOT to do when moving:

  • Do not lean backwards or forwards, should have body erect as if you were walking
  • Do not lift the scooter and hop on one foot to make a turn in a tight space
  • Do not take a corners quickly, it will cause the scooter to lean and possibly fall over 
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