How does the Knee Walker work

How does the Knee Walker work

As the knee walker is quite a new medical aid and quite different from crutches people are often unsure on how it works. This article will help explain how the knee walker works and how to use it.

Knee Walker Knee Pad

One of the main parts to the knee walker is the knee pad. The knee of the foot or ankle that has been operated on is placed on this pad while using the knee walker. The pad is constructed with a durable and supportive material.

While your knee is on the pad you place your hands on each side of the handle bar and at the same time use your foot that is on the ground to push yourself along.

 Knee Walker Knee Pad

The height of the knee pad can be adjusted from 17.5 inches to 21.5 inches. To adjust the knee pad height simply loosen the black screw as shown in the image above. Once the screw has been removed you can adjust the knee pad up or down. When you have found the desired height simply put the black screw back in and tighten until you are unable to move the knee pad.

Using the knee walker brakes

 

Knee Walker Brake

Knee Walker Brake

The knee walker has a deluxe rear wheel braking system. There is a brake handle similar to a bicycle brake on each side of the handlebar. To apply the brake you simply pull the handle in towards the handle bar. If you wish to lock the brake you push in the round button on top of the brake handle . To release the brake you simply pull in the handle and let it go again. The brake will now disengage. Please ensure that you always engage the brakes before taking your hands off the handlebar.

Adjusting the handlebar height

Knee Walker Adjustable

The height of the handlebar can be adjusted from 33 inches – 37.5 inches. To adjust the height release the lock tab near the top of the tiler. Move the handle to the desired height and then push the lock tab back in place.

Folding the knee walker

Knee Walker Folded

Another great feature of the knee walker is that is can be easily folded for transportation or storage. To fold the knee walker simply pull the bottom lock lever away from the knee walker until kneewalker.ie.gaged. While holding the lock lever in the down position, fold the tiller down until it rests on the knee pad.

 

If you have any questions on how the knee walker works then please contact us on 01 254 4406 or email us at info@mobilitydirect.ie

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