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Adjust the Height to Get it Right

So you’ve had a foot or ankle injury or perhaps you are getting prepared for surgery to heal a stress fracture or remove bunions.  Crutches are uncomfortable and they can cause nerve damage, so you choose the best alternative and rent a knee walker / knee scooter! What happens now? You have to set up the knee walker / knee scooter correctly. How do you know you’ve set everything up correctly?

  1. First, read the instructions…pictures are not enough.
  2. Make sure you have all the parts you are supposed to have.
  3. Put the knee post into the frame. The proper height is when your good leg is flat on the floor while wearing a closed toe shoe such as a sneaker and your injured leg is bent at a 90-degree angle.
  4. You should be able to stand up straight and walk forward without having to hop on your tiptoes with your good foot.
  5. Make sure you have the knee post adjustment knob or pin going through both the knee post and the frame. Some frames have the hole under the frame; others are located above the frame. Having the knob or pin through both the knee post and the frame will secure the knee pad so it cannot move left and right.
  6. Do you have a split knee pad? If so place your knee on the front knee pad and your lower leg on the back knee pad with the lip of your cast or boot between the knee pads. This type of knee pad is designed to relieve pressure on your shin caused by the cast or boot.
  7. Now to the handlebars. Make sure your tiller is in the upright and locked position. The tiller is the folding mechanism that allows the handlebars to fold down for easy transport. If the tiller is still a bit wobbly spin the tiller latch clockwise (tighty righty, lefty loosey) and tighten it back down.
  8. Adjust the handlebars so that your arms are resting comfortably on them at a 90-degree angle or higher. You don’t want your handlebars too low as a quick stop could cause you to lose your center of gravity.
  9. Make sure your height adjustment knob for your handlebars is snug as well.  This will also help keep your handlebars from being wobbly.
  10. Put on your basket or tote bag

Now you’re ready to roll!  Take your time though!  Go slow and get used to using the knee walker / knee scooter.  Watch out for things on the road such as rocks, sticks and uneven sidewalks.

If something doesn’t feel right to you on the knee walker / knee scooter – stop using it immediately!  Call us at 866-802-0580 and we are happy to help assist you.

How to Make the Most of Your Ankle Fusion Recovery Time

You’ve been forced to rest for extended periods of time due to your ankle fusion – and you’re already bored out of your mind.  While an extended vacation at home might seem like a dream situation, the truth is that you don’t know what you’re going to do with yourself all this time.  You’ve already caught up on all your favorite TV shows.  You’ve already read so many books to the point where you feel like a book critic.  You’ve even tried getting into cooking, although limping around the kitchen certainly wasn’t the most successful experiment ever.

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In short, you’re looking for new ways to make the most of your ankle fusion recovery time – and you’re getting desperate.

Don’t worry – try out these ideas to make the most of your ankle fusion recovery.  You’ll be healed before you even know it!

  1. Love writing?  Start your own blog.  It can be about your ankle fusion recovery experience or you can just write about a favorite niche of yours.  Who knows – you may get enough followers to start doing the blog as a permanent hobby.
  1. Learn a new skill by taking an online course.  If you’re forced to lay on your couch for weeks at a time or can’t go to the gym every evening, why not spend this extra free time by learning a new skill or knowledge?  Whether you consider yourself a history buff or just want to know how to build a website, there are a ton of online courses you can take that can help you make the most of your ankle fusion recovery time. You can find a bevy of online courses at MIT OpenCourseWare (, Udacity ( and Coursera (
  1. Go out and about with the aid of a knee walker.  Believe it or not, you don’t have to resort to crutches to move around the house.  A knee walker is a unique mobility device that makes it easier than ever to move without putting your healing ankle at risk.  Your insurance company may even cover the cost of your knee walker, thanks to your ankle fusion surgery.

Make the most of your ankle fusion recovery time by putting these tips into practice!

Non Weight Bearing Scooter Accessory Ideas

When you first received your non weight bearing scooter, you might have been a little less than impressed. Sure, it wasn’t a pair of crutches (what a relief!) but it still looked a little clinical for your tastes…and you want to do something to jazz it up. After all, you may have a broken ankle, but you don’t have broken spirits.

And you want to make your knee walker look a little more fashionable!


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If you’re ready to make your non weight bearing scooter as unique as you are, here are some accessory ideas that can make it shine:

• A knee walker basket can add a unique look while providing a heavy dose of functionality. This basket can be placed in the front of your knee walker, much like a basket on a child’s bicycle. You can carry groceries, books, and other items in your basket, which makes this accessory a pretty important part of your new and very fashionable non weight bearing scooter.

• See that picture above? That woman is turning her knee walker into a walking (well, scooting) advertisement for her patriotism! Consider letting the world know where you’re from by placing a heritage flag on your scooter. Or you could let your national pride take hold and hoist the Red, White, and Blue on your scooter.

• Kick back to the ‘90s and put a boom box in your knee walker basket. You could even bring back the best decade by playing music from that era. We’re talking Boyz II Men, Madonna, Backstreet Boys…we promise you’ll get smiles and cheers when you roll on by.

• Want to trick out your knee walker? Then consider going old-school – and by this, we mean getting bumper stickers and other labels that demonstrate your personality. You could slap on a bumper sticker that lets the world know you ran a marathon or one that indicates that you’re going to do some serious traveling once your foot has healed.

• Accessorize it however you want – after all, it’s YOUR knee scooter!

One important note – if you rented your knee walker, you should check with your vendor to make sure that you can make changes or tweaks to it without incurring a penalty. For example, a front basket will generally be considered fine, but you may run into some vendors who might not like the idea of having stickers on their scooters.

No matter which non weight bearing scooter accessory ideas you use, make sure that you select those that speak to your personality and style.


How Long Does It Take a Broken Ankle to Heal? 3 Tips For a Speedy Recovery

Suffering from a broken ankle can be an excruciating experience. No matter how it occurred – hey, even if it happened when you were wearing those dangerous six-inch platform heels on an icy winter night – healing a broken ankle should be your primary concern. After all, you don’t want to spend all of your time indoors recovering…you want to get out and enjoy life like you used to do.


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Unfortunately, rushing your broken ankle to heal is one of the worst things you can do for your injury. Your ankle needs a great amount of time to heal, and if you push it before its ready, you could risk re-injuring yourself again. Typically, it takes a broken ankle about six to eight weeks. Therefore, if you want to help your broken ankle heal, you might want to consider taking the following steps:

1. Take a good hard look at your diet. It’s safe to say that if you’re filling up on junk food, you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs to efficiently heal your broken ankle. To give your body a kick-start, consider taking a calcium and magnesium supplement. The calcium is crucial for building strong bones, while the magnesium helps your body absorb all of the calcium. You can find these supplements at drugstores everywhere.

2. Give yourself time to rest. We know it can be boring just hanging out on your couch day after day; however, if you want to speed up your broken ankle healing time, you need to cut yourself some slack. Turn your recovery time into productive time by working from home, starting a blog, or learning a new skill like designing websites.

3. Isolate your broken ankle as much as possible. Instead of using crutches – which come with the risk of bumping your broken ankle – consider using a knee walker instead. This handy mobility device isolates your ankle and makes it easier to move around. You can’t get that kind of promise from a wooden mobility device that causes armpit blisters (ugh).

It can take a few months for a broken ankle to heal, so use these tips to ensure that your broken ankle recovery is a speedy one.


How to Exercise With a Broken Ankle

Let’s face it: exercising with a broken ankle seems like a contradiction in terms. When “exercise” is tantamount to working up a sweat, how are you supposed to burn calories and get summer-ready when your broken ankle is desperately crying out for you to hang out on the couch?

Listen, you don’t have to resign yourself to the next six months spent lounging around on the couch. With a little creativity – and a lot of patience – you can exercise your way to a healthy body without putting your broken ankle in danger.


In fact, when your doctors finally take off your foot cast to reveal your fully healed ankle, don’t be surprised if your appointment weigh-in reveals that you’ve slimmed down!

So how can you exercise with a broken ankle? The answers are surprisingly simple:

1.First, keep in mind that traditional cardio is completely out of the question now. That means swearing off treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, and other machines that forced you to put weight on your foot. And forget about low-impact workouts like yoga – all of the poses put significant weight on your feet (expect for headstands…but we really recommend that you don’t do that!).

2.Focus on the areas that you can work out. You may not be able to run a few miles on the treadmill, but you’ll definitely be able to rock killer abs with Pilates and crunches. Weak abdominal muscles can lead to poor posture, so use your broken ankle injury as an opportunity to whip your posture back into shape.

A safe abdominal exercise involves sitting in a chair with your back completely straight. Bring both legs up in a parallel line; hold for 5 seconds, then carefully lower your legs back down. Repeat to feel the burn.

3.To balance out the amazing abs that you’re going to have, grab yourself some light dumbbells and practice your arm curls. Sit in a chair with your feet firmly placed on the floor. With a lightweight in one hand, curl it up until it’s almost to your shoulder. Carefully lower your arm back down and then repeat – and watch as your arms transform into guns!

4.Get out and about in a knee walker. This mobility device makes it possible for you to take yourself for a walk, which is a great way of getting the exercise you need to stay in shape. To start with, go for a walk around the block to get used to the feel of the knee walker. Once you’re used to using your knee walker, start going for longer walks. You’ll get the cardio you need without putting your broken ankle at risk for re-injury.

If you’re exercising with a broken ankle, get in as many stretches as you can, especially after you’ve done a lot of walking with your roll about scooter. Stretch your arms out, and extend your legs to give yourself a nice all-over body stretch. Relax on the couch and put on a smile…because you’ve just taken another step towards excellent health.

What Is It Like to Be On A Broken Ankle Knee Scooter?

Dealing with the broken ankle was bad enough – but now your doctor is trying to convince you to master some sort of mobility device known as a knee scooter.  Fat chance, right?  But before you write off your doctor for attempting to turn you into a half-person, half-machine hybrid, take a moment to really get to know the broken ankle knee scooter…

Because it just might change the way you approach your broken ankle recovery forever (or, well, the next three to six months).

Broken Ankle Knee Scooters Are More Convenient:  Forget hobbling around on crutches – a broken ankle knee scooter will make walking feel more like gliding…because you actually are.  You see, the knee scooter is a mobility device that completely takes all weight off of your broken ankle.  By balancing your knee on the seat cushion and using your good leg to propel yourself forward, you can keep any ounce of weight away from your tender ankle (just try getting that kind of promise from crutches!)

Take a look at the picture to get a comprehensive idea of how the broken ankle knee scooter works:



Broken Ankle Knee Scooters Are Sturdier:  When your broken ankle is just an accidental stumble away from another six months of recovery, you want to make sure you’re using a mobility device that’s 110% sturdy and well-balanced.  Enter the knee scooter: this clever contraption is balanced out by four large wheels that can handle uneven surfaces, like floors with insidious rugs and evil walkways with mini-hills.

Broken Ankle Knee Scooters Are Sexier:  You scoffed at this, didn’t you? (Gotcha!)  Sure, you may be doubtful that the word “sexy” could ever be attached to anything described as a “mobility device.”  But trust us – it’s a lot easier to strike up a conversation with your office crush when you’re cruising on a broken ankle knee scooter, not pitifully hobbling on a pair of ancient-looking crutches.

Helpful Hints to Get Used To Your Broken Ankle Scooter

You’re about to get a broken ankle scooter – and admit it, you’re excited. When you first broke your ankle, you thought you’d be resigned to a few months awkwardly wandering around on wooden crutches. But with your new broken ankle scooter, you won’t even have to worry about losing your balance or dealing with those painful (and disgusting) armpit blisters…


Not exactly. Just like with crutches, you’ll want to take time getting used to your broken ankle scooter. This makes it more comfortable for you to use, as well as minimizes any possibility of injury when you first start using your knee walker.


With this in mind, take a look at a few helpful hints to get used to your broken ankle scooter:

• Clear plenty of paths throughout the house before the knee walker rental is delivered to your home. You may want to recruit the aid of your friends and family members, as this will likely involve carrying and moving heavy objects.

• Have a family member or friend test out the knee walker before you actually start using it. You don’t want to discover that your broken ankle scooter is faulty when you’re lugging around a broken ankle and a heavy cast.

• If you’re taking any medications that interfere with your sense of balance, be sure to ask your doctor how using a broken ankle scooter will impact its use. Don’t skip your medications or taper off without the expressed approval of your doctor.

These helpful hints will ensure that you’re making the most of your broken ankle scooter.


What to Consider Before Ankle Surgery: Prepping Your Bunker

The big day’s looming – and your ankle is practically twinging with anticipation. You’ve been hobbling around with an ankle injury for so long, you can’t even remember a time when you could run without encountering a problem (or strut down the sidewalk when you see someone cute – busted!). It’s so bad that you almost can’t wait to get yourself on the operating table so you can start taking those “steps” toward recovery (yes, pun intended).

But before you practically throw yourself at your surgeon, you need to seriously prepare yourself for the upcoming months of recovery. Think of it as prepping your home as a recovery bunker – and Doomsday (aka your ankle surgery) is about to arrive!

Prepare Your Home For Ankle Recovery Invasion: You’re about to be laid out by a serious ankle disability – and you need to prepare your “bunker” for an invasion of ankle recovery! To do this, stock up on prepared meals that can be cooked with just the touch of a button (seriously, what did people do before microwaves?). You may also want to consider having a friend or family member come check on you after work to see if you need any assistance with meal preparations.

Part of building a successful bunker involves making sure it’s comfy. So stock up on pillows, make sure that you have plenty of outlets for your phone and computer by the couch or bed, and make sure you have plenty of entertainment on hand (recommendation: re-watch the entire Lost series. Seriously, you won’t even notice the first weeks of recovery).


Make Your Bunker As Safe As Possible: A good bunker is a safe bunker – and with your ankle recovery in mind, you want to ensure that you eliminate all tripping hazards. Kiss your loose rugs good-bye, tell your kids to pick up their toys, and install nightlights in every room so you have a clear view of where you’re going at night.

Prepare Your Bathroom For Your Disabled Ankle: You may want to stay on the couch forever once you’ve managed to get yourself there, but like it or not, you’ll eventually need to move to go to the bathroom. Make sure that all rugs are firmly affixed to the floor. Buy a non-slip bathmat for the shower, and place a stool in the shower so you can sit while bathing yourself.

Get Your Knee Walker Ahead of Time: No one likes to wait for a package to be delivered – and NO ONE likes to do that while struggling with ankle recovery! That’s why we recommend that you get your knee walker before your actual ankle surgery. This way, you can test out the model, get used to the feeling of this mobility device, and feel comfortable with using it by the time the day of your ankle surgery rolls around.

Now that you’re bunker is prepped, you’re ready to spend your next few months retiring and nursing your ankle back to health!

Healing an Ankle Fracture as Fast as Possible

Whether you’ve been injured at home or on the job (or during an embarrassing night out with friends in your favorite pair of sky-high heels), rehabilitating on the couch or in bed might initially seem like a fun idea. But as the days pass by and you start to run out of television to watch, you suddenly feel like you’re coming down with a case of cabin fever. You want to your ankle fracture to heal as quickly as possible – and you’re looking for the best ways to do exactly that.

The good news is that there are ways you can optimize your ankle fracture healing time so that you don’t encounter any delays or disruptions. However, as a general rule of thumb, you usually can’t speed up healing time – you can only help your body heal in the amount of time it needs to take.

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To help your body heal an ankle fracture as fast as possible, here’s what you need to know:

Your diet can play a big difference in how well your ankle fracture heals up. If you want to get off the couch and back to your normal routine as quickly as possible, start fueling your body with calcium and magnesium. Calcium is essential for bone health, so start chugging that milk or taking a supplement. Magnesium helps the body absorb more calcium, so look for a supplement that combines these two powerful minerals.

Follow your physical therapy right down to the last instruction. Many people end up accidentally delaying their healing because they don’t listen to their physical therapists or do all of the exercises and stretches at home. These exercises are given to you for a reason, so be sure that you do your stretches whenever you’re instructed to.

Choose a mobility option that decreases the likelihood that you’ll get injured again. Knee walkers also called knee scooters minimize the chances that you’ll trip over loose objects or bump your foot when you’re out and about.

If you use these tips, you’ll be surprised at just how quickly your ankle fracture will heal!

Best Meals to Pre-Make for Foot Surgery Recovery

Let’s face it: foot or ankle surgery is never fun. But if you’ve spent the majority of your time dreading that ominous square on your calendar that contains the date of your surgery, then it’s time for a reality check:

Your foot surgery, whether you like it or not, is happening.

So you have one of two options: you can either avoid preparing for your surgery, or you can take some steps (you know, because stepping’s gonna be hard after your surgery!) to prepare for life after surgery

And that includes discovering the best meals to pre-make for surgery recovery.


Man does not live on delivery pizza alone. So if you want to ensure that you heal in a healthy and (somewhat) enjoyable manner – without making you feel like Pizza Hut’s number one customer – here are the best meals to pre-make for surgery recovery.

Savory Baked Chicken

Baked chicken is going to be the lifeblood of your surgery recovery – and for good reason. The protein in chicken can help fuel your muscle growth and repair, while the lean meats ensure that your weight stays off of your waist as well as your injured foot.

Baked chicken can be thrown over rice, pasta, or shredded and added to a bed of lettuce. As you can see, savory baked chicken is perfect for eating well while undergoing surgery recovery.

First, grab yourself a couple pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Lay out a sheet of aluminum foil on a large baking pan. Coat the foil with cooking spray (go for olive oil spray – delicious). Lay the chicken on the pan. Now here’s the fun part: start seasoning the chicken any way you want. We’re taking garlic powder, lemon pepper rub – anything! Set the oven to 400 degrees and pop the chicken in for about 30 minutes, or until the juices are running clear.

Super-Fast Tomato and Basil Pasta

Pasta can keep for many days in your refrigerator, which makes this one of the best meals to pre-make for surgery recovery. Try out this meal, which incorporates whole grains and vegetables for maximum healing power.

First, grab yourself a box of whole grain linguine (whole grains are an excellent source of fiber) and pour into salted boiling water. While the pasta’s boiling, chop up a few cups of grape or cherry tomatoes into quarters. Next, chop up some basil leaves (make sure you take the time to enjoy the delicious scent!). Once the pasta is done boiling, drain it. Add the tomatoes and basil to the pasta, and throw in some olive oil or spaghetti sauce to bring it all together. If you’re really feeling adventurous, add some crumbled goats cheese for a tangy flavor that just won’t quit.

Foods to Avoid

While the above recipes are some of the best meals you can pre-make before surgery, it’s important to point out what you shouldn’t be eating during your recovery time. Healing your body is a delicate process, and it’s going to need all the nutrients possible. Therefore, avoid the following foods, as they don’t pack a nutritional punch:

Processed foods (buh-bye, Funions)

Dehydrated foods like beef jerky

Full fat cheese (too much can cause constipation – not really something you want to deal with on top of an injured foot or ankle)

Refined sugars (sweets, white grains, etc.)

Now that you know the best meals to pre-make for foot surgery recovery – as well as what foods to avoid – it’s time to throw on your chef’s hat and whip up a creation that would make Paula Deen jealous (butter not included).