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Knee Walkers: Exactly what You Kneed

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Let’s say that you’ve broken a bone in your foot or have had to have surgery on the nerves, ligaments or tendons in your lower leg or ankle. The recovery time is going to be long, unfortunately. The doctor told you to keep your lower leg elevated, but you also need to get around because you’re a busy person who has things to do. So, what are your options? Crutches can be so uncomfortable pressed up against your armpits all day, and maneuvering in tight spaces can be difficult. A wheelchair could help in the tight spaces, but you either need someone to push you or can push yourself, a concept that seems just as tiring as crutching around all day.

This is where a knee walker comes in. Think of a mobility scooter, but instead of a seat and battery power it has a padded leg rest and is powered by your uninjured leg. You simply place your knee on the pad and use your own leg to get around. No more molded crutch pads turning your armpits raw, no hopping around in tight spaces, and no bulky, self-propelled wheelchair tuckering you out.

The knee pad allows for you to keep your injured leg or foot parallel to the ground for an optimal healing position. And by using the upper leg muscles of your injured leg to balance and the muscles of your uninjured leg to move around there is little worry when it comes to muscle atrophy. Using a knee walker also allows for you to use both arms when you are stopped, unlike crutches.

Knee walkers come with lockable brakes to help you stop and stay secure, and most come with a basket on the front for added functionality. You can use them to get around your home or use them to get around the grocery store or pharmacy. And while knee walkers are more expensive than a pair of crutches, they ultimately provide a better solution for your body as a whole.

And yes, LA Medical Retail does carry knee walkers so order yours today!

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