Having Foot Surgery? Here's How A Knee Walker Can Aid Your Recovery

After you have foot surgery, you'll need to stay off your foot for several days or weeks while it heals. While initially, you may spend a lot of time in a recliner or bed with your foot propped up, eventually, you want to become mobile again. You may even need to go back to work before you can bear weight on your foot. You have two choices. You can use crutches or a knee scooter.

Here's why a knee walker is probably the best idea:

Ease Of Use

Unless you are young and athletic, you may find it difficult to use crutches. Using them requires some degree of strength and balance. Plus, they can be very uncomfortable since they apply so much pressure under your arms. You may even get sores in your armpits.

A knee walker is much easier to use because all you have to do is place your bent knee on the seat and walk around as usual. With a walker, you can turn corners and even walk backwards if you need to. You can also cover about any type of terrain with a knee walker, because you can choose the type of wheels you need.

Safety Concerns

One good thing about a knee walker is you can lock it in place. That makes it a lot safer when you get out of the tub, or get out of bed in the middle of the night when you're not fully awake. The walker won't slide out from under you until you unlock it, and are ready to go.

Crutches are much more awkward to maneuver, especially if you are groggy or in a tight place. You run a higher risk of falling with crutches, and once you are down, it can be very difficult to get back up.

Hand Freedom

When you use crutches, you're not able to use your hands for anything else. This makes it very difficult to transport things or go about the activities of daily living. When you use a walker, the only time your hands are occupied is when the walker is moving, because you hold onto the bar to guide it and stabilize yourself.

However, once you stop, you are free to use your hands as you normally would for cooking, working, and cleaning. All the while, your foot is fully supported. Knee walkers even come with a basket on the front, so you can carry items with you and move things around. This makes one of these very convenient if you need to return to work before your foot heals.


Crutches cost less than knee walkers. If you don't have insurance, you may need to go with crutches due to cost alone. However, you might be able to rent a walker for a comparable price, since you probably won't need it for more than a couple of months. If you do have insurance, it may cover the cost of a knee walker, so it is definitely something to look into. Even if you have to pay out of pocket for one, it's probably worth it for the extra safety and convenience you'll get over choosing crutches.