As the years have passed by and technology has progressed, we no longer have to settle for crutches as a medium of mobility if we have injured our foot, ankle, or leg and cannot place weight on that leg for walking.
Those who have used crutches before will understand that although they are budget friendly and fulfill their function of being able to support your movement, while allowing full recovery of your injury, they can be strenuous on your arms and hands. They chafe your skin and painful muscles in your arms and hands, all of which can impair the comfortable use of crutches.
Crutches also impair your upper body movement, reaching for items may require you to try and balance on one crutch and leg as you place the other crutch aside for use of your hand. The good news is that there are some great alternatives to the use of crutches.
This mobility device is a stable, four-wheeled cart that allows you to rest your injured leg on the cushioned knee platform. While you rest your injured leg easily on the knee pad, your good leg is what needs to propel you to move forward.
Knee scooters are simple to use and allow you a bit of free hand movement too. They are an excellent substitute to crutches especially if you are not active or very balanced.
The knee scooter allows you to keep all the weight off of your injured leg and enables you to have a steady balance while your hands rest on the steering handle. A parking brake helps to keep this scooter locked into a safe position if you are not moving.
Some of the best quality ones turn like a bike and can be simply folded which allows easy transport and storage. The knee scooter is also adjustable according to your body’s size requirements to ensure that you are comfortable and that strain is not placed anywhere else on your body. A knee scooter is a good substitute to crutches if:
- you have limited strength in your hips or in your legs
- you would like to have a basket to help you carry light items along with you
- you are an elderly person and a knee crutch does not look like something that you would be fit or strong enough to use.
If you cannot kneel comfortably because of an injury or perhaps from a condition, such as arthritis to the knee, then the knee scooter will not be ideal for you. The next alternative would be the seated scooter, that is if you can sit contentedly on a large gel bike-like seat and push yourself with your good leg.
This scooter can also be folded for easy transport and storage and the basket accessory lets you carry some light items as you move around. Similarly to the knee scooter, the seated scooter does not require a lot of time to learn how to use and is easily adjusted to.
Hands Free Crutch
Both the seated scooter and the knee scooter are excellent alternatives to crutches, however if you have stairs that you will be exposed to on a daily basis, then your mobility will be restricted and these alternatives may not be the best choice for you. If this is the case then the hands free crutch will lend a better solution to the issue of stairs.
The hands free crutch does, however, require some good balance and you will need to take some time to learn how to use this mobility device. The prosthetic type of device fastens onto your thigh and calf and has a padded platform for your injured leg to kneel in comfort. You can easily sit with this device strapped on although you can put it on and take it off quickly too.
The hands free crutch is exactly as its name states, it is hands free, which means that your overall body movement is not limited and you can carry out more of your daily activities. This mobility device allows you to walk almost everywhere, even up and down stairs. If you are a busy mom or a working dad then the hands free crutch will be perfect for you.
A knee crutch or hands free crutch is a good alternative to the option of crutches if:
- you are physically fit and active with no hip issues
- you are not overweight
- you want to keep your hands free while you walk
- your uninjured leg is strong
- you do not have an underlying medical condition that affects your balance or strength.
Regardless of which of the three alternatives you decide to use; the knee scooter, the seated scooter, and the knee crutch are all excellent choices that outweigh the use of crutches greatly. You will be comfortable and no strain will be placed on any other areas of your body as you move around smoothly, and this is all while your injured leg is correctly supported and able to heal safely.
When deciding on what mobility device is best for you, you need to bear in mind your surroundings; stairs may pose a problem unless you use the knee crutch for instance. You also need to take into consideration your overall health, strength and fitness. A great tip is that before you finalize your purchase, always check the customer reviews and ratings first.