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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.

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.


Little Known Facts About Roll About Scooter History

The roll about scooter may seem like a miraculous entity sent from your doctor to help you move your broken foot or ankle around. But however celestial the actual device feels, the truth is that roll about scooters – or knee walkers – have been around for some time now.



Whether you’re the reluctant owner of a new knee walker or just interested in this special mobility device, here are some little known facts about the roll about scooter, including its history.

•Knee walkers are a surprisingly recent development, and one that was particularly inspiring. For hundreds of years, mankind had to rely on crutches, canes, and other unwieldy mobility devices in order to hobble around performing day-to-day activities. However, knee walkers were developed in order to help people minimize the use of the broken foot or ankle while providing a strong sense of balance and stability.

•Roll about scooters are surprisingly versatile, considering how large they might appear at first. However, knee walkers were developed to fold up and be transported, which makes it easier for individuals to go about their normal activities. Instead of struggling to use crutches in your office, you can simply unfold your roll about scooter and start rolling around the workplace.

•Since their inception, knee walkers have become surprisingly affordable. Units used to be rented for almost $700; now you can find an excellent roll about scooter rental for $100. This is a significant advantage for those individuals who may want the stability of a knee walker but are worried they may not be able to afford it.

Knee walker rental companies have exploded since the development of this mobility device. With this in mind, it’s easier for individuals to find a vendor who can offer the perfect terms and conditions for renting roll about scooters. You can find a local knee walker vendor in your city or you could go online to find a roll about scooter rental company.

We hope you enjoyed these little known facts about the roll about scooter history!



How to Climb the Stairs with a Broken Foot


Just kidding (well, not really). We know you’re looking for more than a snappy joke to the question, “how to climb the stairs with a broken foot.” And while we can’t pass up the opportunity to flex our funny bone, we know it’s important for you to get the important information you need. After all, climbing stairs with a cast slapped around your foot can be incredibly dangerous for a variety of reasons.

Ready to become the StairMaster (there we go again!)?



Then follow these quick-fire techniques on how to climb the stairs with a broken foot:

•Have a family member or really good friend check the railings to ensure that they’re extra supportive. Why the emphasis on “good friend”? It’s probably just because we’re secret fans of soap operas with back-stabbing friends. But seriously, make sure the person knows how to determine if a railing is stable, and what to do if it isn’t (hint: Phillips screwdriver).

• When it actually comes to climbing the stairs, sit your butt down and get ready to go up the stairs like a toddler would: on your behind. Put your injured leg out in front of you, keep your compactable mobility device by your side, place your hands behind you on the steps, and push off with your hands until your bottom is on the step.

•When you’re ready to go up the next step, keep repeating this process. To get down the stairs, simply use the same techniques, except use your hands to support your weight as you push off your bottom and sit on the next step.

•There are dangers that lay around your stairs as well. Have a family member roll up any loose rugs or carpets that could potentially slip out from underneath you.

If you don’t want to deal with learning how to climb the stairs with a broken foot, considering enlisting a friend to bring your bed downstairs. It can be a hassle at first, but it’s worth it when you don’t have to worry about climbing the stairs with a massive foot cast.


Elevating Your Broken Foot and Other Foot Surgery Recovery Tips

Foot surgery recovery can be a lot like walking into your favorite casino. You could end up getting lucky in your experience, have the time of your life, and walk away from the whole episode feeling like a million bucks…

Or you could end up feeling like your mind, body, and wallet have been drained from your foot surgery recovery!

When it comes to making the most of your healing time, you don’t have to wallow on the couch and count down the days to when you’re better.  To speed up your foot surgery recovery, here’s what you need to do:

  • Elevating your broken foot is one of the most crucial techniques for recovering faster.  But don’t just prop it up on your coffee table (your mom taught you better than that!).  Get a nice long pillow and place it under your knee.  You see, many people make the mistake of placing the pillow under the foot, but this can place a great deal of stress on your joints.  Keep it under the knee, and your body will thank you for it.


  • Get your hands on a stability mobility device.  A knee walker can help you get around the house without putting weight on your broken foot – a crucial part of healthy recovery.
  • Make sure that your mental and emotional health is just as prioritized. Take your recovery time to read up on your favorite books, spend time with family members, or get back into that painting hobby you haven’t indulged in since college. It’s a great way to come out of your healing process feeling healed, relaxed, and rejuvenated.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice!  Many patients let their medications lapse, especially after the first month of their foot surgery recovery.  Take notes when meeting with your doctor, and don’t be afraid to call his or her office with any questions you might have.  Remember, it’s your foot – take care of it!

By elevating your broken foot, keeping busy, and having a mobility device on hand, you should discover that your recovery period is like smooth sailing.  So what suggestions do you have for recovering from a foot or ankle injury?

Avoid Crutches-Related Injuries by Using a Steerable Knee Walker

We know what brought you to this article on steerable knee walkers.  Maybe you lost your balance for a few terrifying seconds on your crutches.  Maybe you slipped on your hardwood floors and gave your injured foot a good shock.  Or maybe you even re-injured your ankle and have to stay in a cast for another three months.

Whatever the case, there’s one thing you know for certain: you’re ready to avoid crutches-related injuries by using a steerable knee walker.

Unlike those wobbly toothpicks we generously call “crutches,” a steerable knee walker offers a heck of a lot more stability.  Most knee walker models have large and sturdy back wheels that are complimented by sleek yet stable front wheels, which make for easier turning.  Rather than balancing your entire body weight on a couple inches of rubber and wood, you’re supported by a strong mobility device that actually works with your body.


Just say no!

Let’s face it: the chances of re-injuring yourself on crutches are really high.  There are even more risk factors that can up your chances of falling or losing your balance, including:

  • Moving around on hardwood floors, carpet, or bumpy surfaces (basically ANY surface)
  • Suffering from arthritis or any other condition that makes it painful to use crutches
  • Suffering from back, neck, and/or muscle conditions

A steerable knee walker, on the other hand, presents a much more sensible solution to your mobility woes.  By completely balancing your weight on the knee of your bad foot and propelling yourself forward with your good leg, you can get around much more quickly without looking like you grew two extra wooden arms.

Knee walkers are also much kinder on the body, especially the back, neck and shoulders.  Because you’re no longer balancing your entire weight on your upper body, you’ll be able to ease any muscle aches in your back, neck and shoulders.

With so many advantages to using steerable knee walkers, it’s honestly a wonder that people still opt for crutches!

If your doctor is attempting to saddle you with crutches, don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and insist on a steerable knee walker.  Trust us – your body (and sense of balance!) will thank you later.

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.


How to Calculate the Cost of Your Rolling Knee Walker Rental

It doesn’t take an accounting degree to realize that recovering from your foot or ankle surgery is really, REALLY expensive. Like, the kind of expensive that makes you almost dread checking your bank account. There are co-payments. Money spent on medications. Money spent on modifications made to your house.

So when it comes to your rolling knee walker rental, it’s no wonder that you want to calculate the total cost before signing the contract!


While the cost of your rolling knee walker rental will vary based on the model you pick, there are some constants that will influence the total cost of your rental. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how you can calculate the cost of your rolling knee walker rental.

The length of time you’re expecting to rent will play a big role in the total cost of your rolling knee walker rental. If you’re only renting for a month, you can expect to see your total price broken down by the week. However, if you’re renting for a few months, you should expect to see the rental price presented to you per month.

Once you understand the base cost of your rolling knee walker rental, you should contact your insurance company to see if they’ll cover all or part of the rental costs. Ask your insurance agent about the HCPC E0118 code, which dictates how the company will cover “wheeled crutch alternatives.” The best outcome is if the insurance company will cover all of your rental costs; if they don’t, you should analyze your budget to see how much you can afford out-of-pocket.

Don’t forget to calculate any shipping costs, as they’re not often included with the total cost of your knee walker rental. Also, be sure to check if the rental agency charges a deposit, which could increase the upfront price of your knee walker rental.

Calculating the cost of your rolling knee walker rental can be a hassle, but it’s crucial for understanding just how much you’ll be spending on this essential mobility device.


How to Get the Knee Scooter Insurance Coverage You Need

In an ideal world, knee scooter insurance coverage would be incredibly simple to approach. You’d simply need to collect your knee scooter, submit a photo of yourself waving and smiling happily on your knee walker, and your insurance company would respond with a big thumbs-up and a completely covered bill.

Of course, knee scooter insurance coverage doesn’t exactly happen this way. And while it may be fun to dream about an insurance company who’s desperate to make you happy (Zero co-payments! Free prescriptions! Birthday cards!), there’s no denying that operating within the realm of reality means playing a little tug-of-war.

Or does it?


When it comes down to it, there are two options you can use to get the knee scooter insurance coverage you need. You could call the insurance company, cry, yell, and harass them until an exasperated insurance agent finally gives you the information you need…

Or you could use these knee scooter insurance coverage techniques:

Get out your insurance policy and look for a special insurance code known as HCPCs Code E0116, which essentially dictates how your insurance company will handle paying for crutch alternatives with or without wheels. This code should outline the percentage of coverage, as well as additional caveats. For example, you may discover that the insurance company will only pay for a knee walker rental if it comes from an approved provider. When you call be sure to ask if you have out of network benefits, a deductible or co-pay.

Have your doctor sign a Letter of Medical Necessity, which lets the insurance company know that you need a knee scooter to stay mobile. You may also need to provide a prescription to your insurance company. All of this information can help prove to your providers that you have an absolute need for knee scooter insurance coverage.

Some knee walker rental companies provide you with the Letter of Medical Necessity for your doctor to sign. This can make it very easy to get your knee walker as quickly as possible – and that’s always a benefit when you can barely hobble after your foot or ankle surgery.

If you’re renting a knee scooter, get the company to provide you with a detailed invoice that contains billing codes. This can provide your insurance company with the information they need to determine how much they’re going to cover.

Submit your claims at the end of your treatment, as this can help ensure that your insurance company receives all the documentation they need.

Keep copies of all of your paperwork. If you don’t have a scanner in your home, have a family member or coworker make scans for you at the office or the public library. This can make it easier for you to re-submit any information your insurance company needs, especially if they claim that they’ve lost valuable paperwork.

Remember that you’ll be dealing with your insurance company throughout the course of your treatment. If you follow this checklist, you can ensure that getting knee scooter insurance coverage is a lot easier than you originally anticipated.