Next, we’ll be showing you exactly what to look for when shopping for a scooter for a broken leg or other leg injury. Keep the following factors in mind and you are ensured the best quality & overall performance for your needs.
The weight of your knee scooter will impact its portability, mobility, and the strength that you need to operate it. A good scooter for a broken leg will not only give excellent support, removing all strain and elevating your injured leg, but must also remain lightweight enough to reposition when finding yourself in a tight spot.
If you navigate yourself into a difficult to turn area, the wide steering radius can often make reversing a nightmare, leading many to simple balance themselves and turn the scooter around. A heavy scooter will make this very hard, especially when you use your knee scooter throughout the day.
The weight capacity of a knee scooter typically dictates the breadth and width of the frame and the scooters total size. A good mobility scooter for broken leg sufferers, or leg scooter for broken ankle patients, generally supports up to 300 pounds. Certain scooters will support up to 350 pounds, with this design being far more common among those designed for off-road and indoor use.
Be sure to select a scooter for a broken leg or injured foot which will support your body weight while supplying a good level of comfort. If you are heavier than 350 pounds, you may find better value in an electric scooter for a broken leg, rather than a push scooter.
Size (Length and Height)
Both the length of your frame and the height of handlebars and knee support platform should be fully adjustable. Make sure that your scooter compacts small enough in size when folded to fit easily into the boot of rear-seat of your vehicle.
One should also carefully evaluate the total width of your scooter, in addition to the length and height. Too broad of a wheel base and you will find that your maneuverability is severely hampered. Too narrow and your scooter could be susceptible to tipping over.
Knee Support Height Range
Depending on the exact nature of your knee support adjustment range, the greatest degree of flexibility is typically 17.5″ to 22″. This allows people of heights from 4’1” to 6’6” to use the knee push scooter without any comfort problems. For those taller, a specialized orthopedic leg trolley would be needed, while those shorter should look towards a junior wheeled scooter for broken leg and similar injuries.
A wide steering radius is usually provided to ensure that your knee scooter does not tip over. The wider the radius, the more stable the scooter; however, this also increases the amount of points in a turn when reversing. The braking system of each medical scooter for broken leg sufferers, amputees, or those suffering from foot injuries, will be either a disc- or a cantilever-type brake system.
Disc brakes are highly preferred as they bring you to a dead stop with no slippage. This is not only invaluable to keeping yourself at a standstill, a brake lock should always be available as well to ensure that you have full control when descending a steep declining or climbing a steep incline.
Be on the lookout for foldable handlebars in addition to a compact, folding design. At times some scooters do not allow the handlebars to collapse, making transport tricky. Any baskets should be removable, and some models will even allow you to detach the knee support platform, reducing the size even further. Your scooter should always be compact enough to be transported in the boot or backseat of your vehicle.