Knee Scooter vs. Crutches for a Broken Foot – Which is Best?

A broken foot significantly limits mobility, making even the most mundane task a challenge. Luckily, there exists medical equipment designed to make life easier for those with a broken foot, including crutches and a knee scooter. Avondale HME is constantly asked by customers in Arizona which piece of equipment is better for a broken foot, crutches or a knee scooter. After giving this question some serious thought, we have a complete breakdown of the pros and cons of both options.

The Advantages of Crutches

Crutches are the traditional assistive mobility device for those with a broken foot or ankle, providing a way to get around.  Here are some of the perks:

  • They are lightweight and easy to pop into a car or store at home.
  • If you have some upper body strength, crutches will allow you to move quickly and with some agility
  • While some would consider it a negative, the fact that crutches take some real effort and may get you sweating is seen as a positive, as a broken foot restricts a lot of physical activity and it is important to get exercise.
  • They are an inexpensive option.

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The Disadvantages of Crutches

Traditional does not always mean best. Here are some of the cons of crutches:

  • The biggest disadvantage of crutches is all of the weight that is carried on the armpits. These are sensitive areas of the body that are not used to stress and strain, and holding weight up from the armpits can cause irritation and bruising.
  • Crutches can also lead to strain on the shoulders, lower back, and wrists.
  • There’s an adjustment period needed to get used to using crutches, as the initial couple days and possibly weeks can be full of difficulty maneuvering and strenuous efforts.
  • Stairs are nearly an impossible obstacle, at least until you get used to crutches.
  • Crutches fully occupy your hands while in use, making it a challenge to open doors, hold objects, or pick items up off a counter or the floor.

The Advantages of Knee Scooters

A knee scooter is a four-wheeled mobility assistant that is perfect for leg injuries. Here are some of advantages of a knee scooter:

  • A knee scooter provides a firm base for the injured leg, meaning it provides more stability and safety when moving around.
  • The leg rest on a scooter is generously cushioned so that it can take the full weight of an individual without the pain and irritation of crutches.
  • Once you have gotten the hang of the scooter, you can move around pretty swiftly and actually have a little fun!
  • The scooter is easy to use without much of a learning curve.
  • A scooter doesn’t require the upper body strength that crutches require.
  • In general, a scooter providers more safety and security, eliminating concerns about slipping or tripping.

 

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The Disadvantages of a Knee Scooter

While a knee scooter can help you get around with a broken foot, it is not without its disadvantages. Here are some of the cons of using a knee scooter:

  • Knee scooters are not as versatile and mobile as crutches.
  • If you have a narrow hallway, staircase, or a tough surface, moving will be very difficult and in some cases not possible.
  • It can take some time to walk in a completely straight line, with some zigging and zagging a natural part of the adjustment period.
  • A knee scooter is a bit more expensive than crutches.

Rent or Buy Knee Scooters or Crutches from Avondale HME

If you broke your foot, twisted an ankle, or have some other kind of lower body injury, contact Avondale HME to help determine whether a knee scooter or crutches is your best option. Our team can ask you a series of questions to help determine which of the two will work best for you. Avondale HME is the premier home medical equipment supplier in Arizona, and we have the experience and knowledge needed to find the best assistive mobility device for you. If you have any questions, give us a call at (623) 295-2724.