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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 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!

Phil’s Experience with a Knee Walker

My husband, Phil, is an active biker and adult kick scooter rider who loves being outside on wheels. Unfortunately, on June 2012, the front wheel of Phil’s bike got caught in an asphalt rut, tipping the bike and pinning his ankle in an unnatural position.

Worse, Phil did not like walking with crutches and simply did not. Fortunately, he had a favorite chair, upon which he sat day-after-day, thinking penuriously about his upcoming medical expenses.

As a surprise, I purchased a knee walker for him. It was, indeed, a surprise because if it was up to him, living in misery was better than taking on a new expense because he didn’t want to be a burden. As I didn’t regard him as a burden, I splurged first, and told him later.


In less than a half-hour of receiving his knee walker, Phil scooted down our hallway to our apartment’s elevator, then out the door to our car to go to Weehawken, NJ’s prime kick scooting area along the Hudson River.


Within an hour of receiving the knee scooter, Phil had no trouble navigating around Houlihan’s outside café tables and after dining, he had no trouble scooting along Harbor Boulevard to take in the views offered by the Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club.


The knee walker instantly transformed Phil from invalid to normal person. Although he continued to be penuriously (it’s a lifestyle), he was happy that I spared no expense in acquiring this device (which, truth be known, was reasonably priced).

He felt so strongly about how it improved the quality of his life during this period, that once he was out of his cast, he contributed the knee walker to his doctor, who passed it on to someone in need. He has also pontificated about the joys of a knee walker to people in leg casts ever since.

Note that the day after his cast was removed, Phil resumed adult kick scooting with a trip to the Walkway Over the Hudson. Read about here: Kick Scooting on the Walkway Over the Hudson.

This was a guest post from Karen Little. Karen Little is a professional writer who specializes in creating technical articles and training manuals. She is also an adult kick scooter enthusiast who shares her passions on along with many contributors. Karen and her husband, Philip, live in Weehawken, NJ, and enjoy area Hudson River Parks on a daily basis. 


Are You A Member Of The “I Hate Crutches” Club?

Us too.

The “I Hate Crutches” Club has one of the highest online memberships around (well, in our head anyways). But seriously, who actually likes using crutches? Who likes wobbling around on two glorified wooden sticks, which are slowly and devilishly building up a firm layer of armpit blisters under your arms?

Yeah, that’s right.


So as part of opening the “I Hate Crutches” Club, here are just a few reasons why members have joined:

  • “I hate that I feel sore everywhere. Seriously, I have calluses on my hands and my arms are practically screaming in pain.”
  • “I miss being able to wake up at night and just go to the bathroom without making it a massive production.”
  • “My crutches always fall down no matter where I put them. And it’s really embarrassing when it happens – especially when you’re trying to rock a first date (Ed note: yikes]”
  • “Crutches make me really reliable on strangers, and I’m not really comfortable with that. I always have to ask people to open doors or carry things for me. Going on the subway is tough too, as people very rarely give up their seats for me, and I feel too embarrassed to ask.”
  • “I feel like this is a medieval torture device. How is this still being used in today’s modern society? We’ve invented invisible braces, for cryin’ out loud!”

If you recognize yourself among these poor souls, then it’s time to ditch the crutches and pick up a knee walker. A knee walker (otherwise known as a knee scooter) is a great alternative to crutches; you simply need to rest the knee of your injured foot on the kneepad, and propel yourself forward with your good leg.

Oh, and look supremely cool. That’s another important part of rocking a knee walker.

You hate crutches – so why are you still using them? Find out more about knee walkers, and stop dealing with the spine-chilling curse of armpit blisters.

Ankle Fusion Recovery Preparation Checklist

When it comes to ankle fusion recovery, you want to ensure that you’re properly prepared. While the idea of laying on the couch and watching endless amounts of television might seem like the ideal situation, the truth is that you’ll need to prepare your house and your office for your limited mobility.

After all, it might be a blast to hang around and watch TV, but it won’t be so much fun when you can barely crawl into bed or reach your food on the top shelf of your kitchen cabinet!

With this in mind, we here at Knee Walker Central have outlined the exact steps you need to take to prepare yourself for ankle fusion recovery. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and discover what you need to know about preparing for life after your ankle fusion:


  • Move all of the loose carpets and rugs around the house. Since you’ll have limited mobility, you don’t want to run the risk of accidentally tripping on the carpet.
  •  Since you’ll be limited in how much you can move, you may want to consider preparing a batch of food that can get you through the first few days of your ankle fusion recovery. This way, you won’t have to make those annoying trips to the grocery store or fumble around your kitchen just to make dinner. Microwavable meals are a great option here.
  • Get yourself a knee walker! A knee walker – or a knee scooter – can make it much easier for you to get around the house or your office. Your insurance may even cover the purchase of the mobility device. Get in contact with your insurance company before the ankle fusion procedure to see what you need to do to get coverage.
  • Let your family members and friends know that you won’t be able to move around as much after your ankle fusion. By asking your family for help after your procedure, you can help determine how to handle normal household activities. Additionally, letting your boss know that your mobility will be limited can help him or her determine your workload for the next few weeks.

Use this preparation checklist to make sure that your ankle fusion recovery goes smoothly!

What is a Non Weight Bearing Scooter?

Admit it: when you first read the title of this article, you had visions of unattended children zipping around you on those annoying little scooters. And hey, it’s understandable. But when it comes to recovering from your foot or ankle surgery, non weight bearing scooters completely change your mobility options during your recovery period. In fact, knee walkers even make it possible to forgo the awkwardness and inconvenience of crutches.

It’s enough to make you disassociate scooters with the terrifying image of children barreling towards you in a crowded mall!

If you’ve never heard of or seen a non weight bearing scooter, get ready to meet the mobility device that’s going to change the way you look at your foot or ankle recovery.


A non weight bearing scooter is also known as a knee walker or a knee scooter. This is because a non weight bearing scooter combines the sleek mobility of a scooter with the balancing powers of a walker. The combination of these two devices ends up creating something that looks like a 4-wheeled scooter with a very low seat. You can see what we mean by this in the picture above.

Speaking of seats, the reason why the non weight bearing scooter is so excellent for foot and ankle recovery is because it completely removes any pressure from your injured leg. Instead, you simply kneel your injured weight on the padded seat and propel yourself forward with your good leg. It sure beats the disaster-potential of crutches, which can often cause pain and discomfort – not to mention the chances of slipping and crashing to the ground.

Insurance companies often cover a non weight bearing scooter, so you may not have to shell out for yours. If you’re wondering if your non weight bearing scooter will be covered, simply contact your insurance company and ask how your coverage extends to knee walkers. Knee Walker Central can even verify your benefits and explain coverage, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle.

Non weight bearing scooters are perfect for patients who are recovering from foot or ankle injuries – and who want to avoid the sheer discomfort of using wooden crutches.