Back in the day, if you had an injury to your foot, or ankle, the only option you had for non-weight bearing were crutches and putting your life on hold until you healed.
Luckily, those days are gone!
A knee scooter is, hands-down, your best alternative to crutches and makes maneuvering around with an injury way more convenient than ever! You're not required to put your life on hold, and you can rest your injured leg and carry on with your daily tasks.
A knee scooter is considered a medical device designed for support and mobility and there is a lot to consider.
-What are my buying options? New vs. used vs. knee scooter rental
-What design is right for me?
-How can I customize my knee scooter to fit my needs?
These steps will help answer your questions and guide you in making the right choice!
You have several options when it comes to choosing your knee scooter. You can buy one new, rent one, or buy one used. We think you’ll agree, that buying a new knee scooter might be your best bet for a smooth road to recovery, and here's why!
A knee scooter is intended for a short term recovery, but everyone heals differently. A rental agreement is usually 4-6 weeks on average, and pricing is contingent upon the length of time you use your knee scooter. If you own your knee scooter, you can heal at your own pace, without worrying about saving a buck by sending it back too soon and risking extending your recovery.
If you’re buying your knee scooter, versus renting or finding one used, there are all kinds available. Therefore, you can choose something that suits your lifestyle. If you’re active, go for an all-terrain knee scooter with larger wheels. If you don’t plan on curbing your shopping, choose one with a basket to store all your essentials.
Many knee scooters come with a guarantee, some even with a lifetime one, so if you’re buying new, you won’t have any worries about correcting any potential issues with your knee scooter.
Some insurance plans cover part of the cost of a knee scooter. Check to see if yours does.
Once you no longer need to use your knee scooter, you have a good chance of earning most of your investment back. Most say they can recoup up to 50-75% of their money.
A used knee scooter won't come with any warranty to protect against defects which makes for a riskier purchase.
Check the sites listed for selling a new knee scooter above (eBay, Craigslist, etc.). Some sellers have used ones for available at lower cost. Options may not have all the bells and whistles you require or prefer
Since you're buying used it's important to check that the knee scooter you are purchasing isn't missing any pieces. Most come with assembly tools that allow you to make adjustments.
Keep in mind that you’re buying a product as is when you acquire it used. Ask questions about how long it was used, and if you can try before you buy to make sure it is in good working condition and appropriate for your height, weight, and needs.
If you want all the bells and whistles, or require special features due to any limitations, you might be able to rent a higher priced knee scooter than you could afford to buy.
Some knee scooter rentals offer the option for rent to buy if you end up needing the knee scooter for longer than anticipated. You can extend your rental period, or decide to put your payments towards owning the scooter yourself
If you know you will not be needing your knee scooter for an extended amount of time consider renting. Prices are lower for shorter rental periods.
|Options||Up Front Cost||Resale Value||Bottom Line|
|New||$175||$85 - $125||$50 - $105|
|Used||$130||$80 - $100||$50 - $100|
|Rental||1 month = $120||$0||$120|
If you’re looking for the cheapest option, purchasing a used knee scooter is the way to go. You’ll receive the scooter at a discounted price and as long as condition remains good, you’ll average only a $90 total spent. Keep in mind you may find yourself compromising warranties, new condition, and peace of mind in purchase.
A knee scooter rental may be your best bet if you’re not looking to own, resell, or store your scooter. This is most likely the case if you will only require a knee scooter for a short period of time. If you’re in need of a scooter longer than 1 month, we recommend looking into buying new or used.
Renting and buying used may be cheaper alternatives, but we believe that you will gain the most value by purchasing a new knee scooter. It may cost more of out pocket up front, but likely to receive a larger return. You’ll know your unit is is new and working condition and most companies will back their product with a warranty. You can’t put a price on peace of mind!
Depending on the knee scooter you choose, consider these additional add-on items to customize your ride!
-Provides additional support and comfort for injured leg and reduces pressure
-Protects original knee surface from wear and tear (keeps good condition for potential re-sell)
-Easy to remove and typically machine washable
-Convenient add-on that can be clipped to neck of handlebars
-Adjustable fit to accommodate different models
-Swivel function to keep holder out of way
-Convenient for carrying personal belongs
-Most designs come equipped with one or the other, but available for individual sale in cases where neither are included or if you prefer the opposite
-Can be clipped onto handlebars
-Increases safety, especially when maneuvering at night or in the dark. Provides better visibility and allows for you to be more visible to others.
Knee Scooters can have three or four wheels. They feature a knee pad to rest your recovering leg on and have handlebars similar to a bicycle. You use a knee scooter by propelling yourself forward with your good leg. Knee scooters are intended as a temporary solution for mobility as you recover from an injury, or surgery, to the foot, ankle, heel, lower leg, amputation, bunions or gout. It is not ideal for someone with issues of their supporting knee, or hip, for too much weight will be placed upon these joints. A knee scooter removes one leg from weight bearing, therefore, the other leg must be in good health, and have adequate strength, for balance.
-Recovering from foot and ankle sprains or fractures
-Healing Achilles tendon injuries
Step 1: Firmly grip handle bars to stabilize the knee scooter
Step 2: Bend your injured leg at a 90-degree angle and center it onto the knee pad surface
Step 3: Weight is disrupted between shin portion resting on knee pad and your standing leg
Step 4: Uninjured leg is placed on ground for balance and support
Step 5: Use grounded leg to slowly push off and maneuver forward
(In some cases, a knee scooter is simply not the appropriate solution. Always consult with your doctor to clarify.)
An injury, or surgery to your ankle, foot, or lower leg can be frustrating, but with the help of a good knee scooter, you don’t have to put your life on hold while you recover. Be sure to talk to your physician, to ensure you’re in good health to benefit from using a knee scooter, then once you do, pick out your new ride to rest your injured leg and you’ll be back on two feet in no time.