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Knee Walker as an Alternative to Crutches

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Updated June 26, 2014

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The knee walker is an alternative to crutches.

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The Bottom Line

The knee walker is simple to use, and one of the easiest ways to get around safely and quickly without placing weight on the leg. Many people who have a hard time using crutches, and don't want to be slowed down by a walker, will find the knee walker a worthwhile investment.

Some users find pressure on the shin can be uncomfortable. This is especially true in individuals wearing a cast who may find discomfort where the cast edge meets the pad on the knee walker.

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  • Simple to use
  • Fast getting from place to place
  • No upper body discomfort


  • Expensive
  • Pressure on shin can be uncomfortable


  • Allows mobility without putting weight on one leg.
  • Simple to use, does not require upper body strength.
  • Moves quickly, not slowing you down because of an injury.

Guide Review - Knee Walker as an Alternative to Crutches

Many people who break a bone in their foot or ankle may have to keep weight off the leg for a lengthy time. However, often these individuals are ill-equipped to tolerate the use of crutches or a walker. A device called a knee walker allows individuals to get around quickly without placing weight on an injured leg.

Crutches can be difficult to use, and require significant upper body strength. Many people with injured legs find crutches too unsteady and unsafe for their use. The usual alternative is a walker. Walkers can be slow and cumbersome.

The knee walker allows users to place the weight of their leg on a pad with wheels. The injured individual can then scoot around (quite efficiently) without putting any weight on the injured foot or ankle. The knee walker is simple to use; patients have an easier time learning the knee walker than they have with crutches.

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