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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.

Best Non-Weight Bearing Gifts For Your Injured Loved One

A loved one is recovering from an injured foot or ankle – and they’re feeling a bit down on themselves.  After all, if you had to spend your days on the couch or limping around the house, then you’d probably feel less-than-stellar as well.

Whether it’s your best friend or your family member, you want to give them a gift that will lift their spirits and remind them that recovery can actually be an enjoyable and relaxing experience.  These non-weight bearing gifts also make an excellent present for a birthday or holiday, so if a special day is coming up, you may want to consider giving any of these as a non-weight bearing gift:

A Reclining Lounge Chair:  Let’s face it – sitting down and relaxing on the couch can still be a challenge with a massive ankle cast attached to your loved one’s foot.  Therefore, you may want to consider giving the gift of a reclining lounge chair, specifically the HOMCOM New Green Zero Gravity Chair, which is a folding recliner patio and pool lounging chair that can be used outdoors.  Now your loved one won’t feel lift out during the next family barbeque or pool party.  Get your hands on this inexpensive non-weight bearing gift at Amazon.

A Back and Shoulder Massage: A gift certificate to a spa is a great gift for a loved one who’s suffering from a broken ankle or foot.  A back and shoulder massage is also perfect, as it isolates the leg and ankle.  For an even better gift, you could offer the back and shoulder massage in conjunction with the reclining lounge chair.

An Afternoon of Errands:  You don’t have to spend a great deal of money on a non-weight bearing gift – in fact, the best gift of all may be just offering to run errands for your injured loved one for the day.  Let your injured loved one know that you’ll be happy to buy them groceries, cook a week’s worth of meals, and drive them back and forth to work.  Your offer will certainly be appreciated! 

Check out these non-weight bearing gifts for loved ones, and discover a way to brighten their spirits while they’re recovering from foot or ankle surgery!

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.


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.

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!

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.

Adventures To Have With Your Scooter For Non-Weight Bearing

Just because you’re laid up on the couch from your foot or ankle injury doesn’t mean your adventures have to be limited to surfing daytime TV (that’s more like a nightmare, am I right?).

Here at Knee Walker Central, we’re all about encouraging our clients to take their scooter for non-weight bearing out into the world for some safe yet awesome adventures. Ready to put some mileage on your scooter for non-weight bearing? Here’s what you can do:

  • Play knee walker bowling. Push aside all carpets and rugs in your living room or head to your kitchen (the goal here is to find a room with wooden floors). Set up a bunch of plastic bowling pins or empty water bottles. Challenge your kids or friends to beat you in bowling. At random times, fake your friends out by using yourself as the bowling ball. It’s a guaranteed way to get a strike!
  •  Head to a busy museum or crowded restaurant that you can never get into. When the employees see you in a scooter for non-weight bearing, they’ll make every effort to make your visit more comfortable. It’s like getting first class service without having to pay a first class price.
  • Challenge your family to come up with a dance routine that you can use with your scooter for non-weight bearing. This is a great activity to do if you have energetic kids, so roll up those rugs and start practicing. Bonus points if you can come up with a routine to “Thriller” (and if you do, send us the video. Seriously. We’ll make you famous.)


Get ready to look as cool as this guy…

Dealing with a foot or ankle injury doesn’t mean you have to be a boring lump on the couch for the next three to six months. Just whip out your trusty scooter for non-weight bearing, gulp down a cup of coffee, and get ready to have some seriously memorable adventures.

What You Need to Know About Renting Knee Walkers

If you’ve broken your foot or your ankle, chances are that you’ve heard about knee walkers. These unique mobility devices represent an innovative approach to getting around, as they completely take your injured foot out of the equation. Think about it as a normal scooter – one that’s designed to take your weight off of your injured foot and transition it to your knee.

Knee walkers are becoming a very popular choice for people who need to spend the next three to six months in a cast. Unlike crutches – which can often be unstable and lead to a greater chance of re-injury – knee walkers are much more stable and allow you to move around with greater ease. Knee walkers allow you to move forward with your good foot, while balancing the weight from your injured foot onto the kneepad of the scooter.

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While knee walkers are becoming even more common, there’s no denying that many people still have questions on how to rent a knee walker. And when you’re suffering from a foot or ankle injury, you don’t want to waste your time trying to figure out how to get your hands on a knee walker…

You want it as soon as you hobble out of the hospital!

The Ins and Outs of Renting Knee Walkers

Fortunately, this article will detail what you need to know about renting knee walkers. From checking with your insurance company to finding the best deals, you’ll find everything you need to know right here:

  • Before you even begin looking for knee walkers, be sure to contact your insurance company to ask about how payments will be handled. Depending on your insurance company, you may find that you will need to pay the rental fees upfront in order to be reimbursed by your insurance. Your insurance may handle the entire process yourself – or you may even find that your deductible applies to your rental fees. Be sure you have a crystal-clear understanding of your insurance coverage, as you don’t want to receive a nasty surprise when your rental bill is rejected by your coverage.
  • Once you’ve cleared out this information, you’ll want to conduct a thorough search for a knee walker rental in your area. Keep in mind that your hospital or doctor might have a referral in mind, so don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Check out knee walker rentals online. You may find that there’s a national brand that can provide you with a high-quality knee walker rental and even delivery it right to your front door (bonus!).As with using any new service, be sure to check out the vendor online before investing any money in the rental. You want to be sure that you’re using a vendor with a long and happy history of satisfied customers – and that you won’t get ripped off!
  • Finally, be sure you understand the terms and service of working with a certain knee walker rental service. Be sure you understand how the knee walker rental will be delivered and picked up, the weekly fees, any taxes and surcharges, and penalties for damaging or destroying the knee walker.

Now that you understand how to rent a knee walker, it’s time to get your hands on the coolest mobility device around!

Bearing the Weight: Five Products that Make Recovering from a Non-Weight Bearing Injury More Palatable

Let’s get this out of the way up front: Being injured is a drag. Even worse, is when an injury puts one of your legs out of commission. But whether it’s your bones, muscles, tendons, or ligaments that aren’t cooperating, you don’t have to spend your time sulking. Here are five great products that can help smooth out your road to recovery:

Shower Seats


Maintaining your balance on one leg is hard enough, but add running water, soap, and shampoo into the equation, and you’re practically asking for another injury. Rather than compounding your current problem, look into a shower seat. Whether its a stool, a bench, or a chair, these products are designed to support your weight comfortably, despite the slick conditions. Most models feature rubberized feet help prevent slippage, handles to help the user grip, and drainage holes on the seat and legs to prevent the chair itself from retaining water. Be smart, and take a load off while washing up.

Grab Bars –


Getting up from your shower seat will likely prove difficult on one leg. Luckily, we have a perfect solution – grab bars. Just as the name implies, grab bars offer you something to hold onto as you move around your bathtub or shower. Permanent grab bars require a bit of installation, so you may need to bring in a handyman if you’re planning on going that route; but you can also opt for a temporary solution, which clamps down using high powered suction cups.

Transfer Benches


We’ve covered the time you’ll spend showering, but what about getting in and out of the tub? That’s a tricky task when you can only bear weight on one leg. For this situation, try a transfer bench. Transfer benches are long, four-legged structures that are placed astride the bathtub ledge, allowing the impaired user to easily enter or exit. If you find yourself considering a leap of faith, grab one of these instead.

Raised Toilet Seats –


With only one leg to support yourself, lowering yourself to a seated position, and rising to a standing position can both be difficult. When you need to use the bathroom, you don’t want to have to worry about your safety, so you might want to consider a raised toilet seat. Raised toilet seats effectively elevate the level of the seat, making it easier for an impaired individual to set themselves down, or get to their feet.

Transport Wheelchairs –

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If you have a caregiver or loved one who’s helping you get healthy, you may want to consider renting or buying a transport wheelchair. Since they’re foldable and relatively lightweight, these chairs are ideal for short trips, but they don’t allow the user to propel him or herself. When you’re injured, transportation can be taxing; if you’ve got someone who’s willing to give you a free ride, don’t be shy, take it.

Knee Walkers


A unique alternative to crutches, knee walkers allow users to propel themselves with one leg, while the other rests on a support platform. While balancing can be difficult – even perilous – on crutches, knee walkers provide a higher level of stability. Getting around may be the most frustrating task of all when you’re injured, but you have options.

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