Usually we recommend for the customers of RollerFoot not to use this knee walker (knee scooter) on the stairs of any sort, whether in public places or at home.
That is because the RollerFoot knee walker was designed primarily for flat surfaces to help a person after a foot or ankle trauma or surgery to stay mobile with hands free around the house or at work. The RollerFoot carries your foot smoothly, without the back and forth swinging movements like the iWalk stump. The main goal is to provide patient a comfortable mobility and relieve the foot after surgery from bearing weight while keeping the hands free from steering.
Moving up or down the stairs is not the focus for the RollerFoot and we tell customers to stay away from stairs and escalators in public places and use elevators instead. At home the patient of RollerFoot should negotiate the stairs on his/her knees going up or down and carrying the unit in one hand by the strap, or asking someone to help carrying it.
Taking One Step Up or Down On RollerFoot
Having said that, the RollerFoot knee scooter has this unique ability to take one step. It can be one step up or down at home or outside on the street. In each case the technique is the same.
Roll up close with your good leg next to the step. Depending on whether you’re stepping up or down, put your good leg down (or up) on the step, transfer your weight on the good leg then move the unit (down or up) the step. Ensure both rear wheels make it all the way on (off) the step. Watch the video of how to take a step up or down on RollerFoot knee walker.
For support one can hold on to a railing or a wall while completing the move.
Customer compares RollerFoot vs Medical Knee Scooter
Recently we received a feedback from a customer who compares RollerFoot vs Medical Knee Scooter, other walking mobility aids and ideas that would help during recovery after a broken foot.
Lisa suffered a broken foot and was facing a long recovery time without putting weight on her foot. Lisa needed a mobility device for getting around the house and the one that would be easy to handle. First she got a medical Knee scooter with the handle bar for steering, but it was to big and heavy for the house. You can’t turn it around in a bathroom, kitchen are other small places of the house. Lisa was frustrated with that steerable scooter and tried many other things, including office chairs, and even a rolling workshop stool, in the hope to make her mobility on one foot easier.
A rolling stool used as a knee scooter by patient with a broken foot
Then she found the RollerFoot knee walker on the web, and saw that it was not only the smallest, but also made you your hands free to do things, instead of steering and lifting a large cart, which is a typical medical knee scooter walker. Lisa called us to discuss details of of the RollerFoot walker usage as compared to the steerable medical knee scooter walker, and purchased the RollerFoot that same day.
We shipped a nice new grey color HANDS FREE knee walker scooter RollerFoot to Lisa on the day she ordered it.
A couple of days later we received the following message from Lisa:
I received the RollerFoot this morning… 🌈THIS is THE solution for the most extensive mobility while healing a broken foot!!! It took me all of 10 minutes “to get going” on the RollerFoot after unboxing, but not without a few emotional tears of joy. As you know I have tried everything… a makeshift rolling stool, my husbands auto-mechanic rolling stool, the medical knee scooter and more… and nothing helped to give me the ability to fully manage my day-to-day household tasks – until your RollerFoot 😀. I could go on and on – but I just wanted to thank you for your brilliant invention, and making it available. I have about 6 weeks of foot recovery ahead (maybe more) and I can’t imagine what I would do. THANK YOU, Lisa ☺️
What a great testimony for a product that solves an important need of a customer! We are so glad we could help Lisa and many other customers struggling with the heavy and bulky medical knee scooters while many of them could be much happier with a hands free knee scooter walker RollerFoot!
Why do people say that walking on iwalk2.0 is hard and awkward? The general concept and its particular design make iwalk2.0 difficult in use.
I recently came across a YouTube video review of the iwalk2.0 knee crutch done by a patient in Australia. It was’t one of those promo videos by the “iwalk official website” but a genuine review by a patient who also reviewed a steerable knee cart and some crutches.
When talking and showing how to use the iwalk2.0 he mentioned a peculiar way to take a step by lifting your hip and swinging the stump around, because it is impossible to take a normal step since you can’t bend your knee and the stump can’t bend either. This is the major flaw to of the iwalk as it fallows this centuries-old idea of strapping a stump to the lower leg to replace your missing limb. Sure you can manage to move around, but your movements are far from natural. iwalk itself and partial users won’t tell you that they have to make a major adjustment to their walking pattern. And here is why.
When you take a step naturally, the leg that is coming from behind to be placed in front of you, is lifted from the ground and being bent in the knee to become shorter in order to pass under your body easily. This also allows your hips to stay relatively leveled horizontally.
This same movement from the back to the front in a bent position is impossible with the iwalk, because it is a rigid stump. So the patient has to do two things to compensate for it: lift the hip up and swing the stump around. And that’s what making iwalk walking pattern unnatural. I wonder what kind of effect this pattern can make on the person’s hips after prolonged use of iwalk.
The RollerFoot, on the contrary, encourages patient to gently glide his leg on the floor while it rolls easily on its wheels. The patient is applying his weight on the leg during the transition from behind to the front. You can observe this motion on our videos of RollerFoot in action.
A customer called us this week asking for the RollerFoot availability as her upcoming foot surgery was a couple of weeks away. She has had foot reconstruction surgery before and was using multiple products for mobility, including the knee crutch.
She stated that she had a hard time adjusting it to her height to feel comfortable for moving around. It was heavy, hard to drag it on and pull it up, really difficult and exaggerated movements while walking. The point of contact with the floor is very small and gives you less stability. She fell on her face a few times when the knee crutch slipped. Strapping it on and off was a hassle and took too much time, a big turn off. She was glad to learn that with the RollerFoot it takes only a couple of seconds.
Here is what one of our recent customers say about using the RollerFoot:
The ability to have my hands free with a small child in the home made a world of difference! Fingers crossed I won’t be needing the RollerFoot again, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who does.
Shannon was renting the RollerFoot for about three weeks following a surgery on her foot.
Brian, our recent client, rented RollerFoot for over 8 weeks while recovering from a leg fracture. During this time Brian was actively working both at home and outside, thanks to the RollerFoot. Brian says RollerFoot enabled him to go to stores, business and just to other public places to socialize. He mentioned that he especially liked to use the shopping cart at stores and to zoom fast along the isles to the amazement of other shoppers.
Brian says that stability was absolutely not an issue using the device at home and outside. He says when you take steps carefully and with measured effort, everything goes well. He felt totally in control and secure on the RollerFoot at all times.
This picture was taken at a local Starbucks in New Berlin, WI, where Brian on the RollerFoot used his both hands to carry his order of coffee while smoothly gliding between tables and chairs. And what a great confident look he has standing there on the RollerFoot at that nice Starbucks parlor!
A few years ago Malcolm Brogdon, then a basketball player for University of Virginia team Cavaliers, had a foot and ankle injury. The surgeon put him in a cast. Than team’s athletic trainer found out about us and decided to get Malcolm a RollerFoot. It was a pleasure for us to provide an extra high RollerFoot unit for Malcolm. He was a promising college basketball player for Cavaliers. While no-weight-bearing and on the RollerFoot during his recovery Malcolm was able to attend team practices. Thanks to the RollerFoot Malcolm continuously exercised his upper leg muscles. He also had both hands free to shoot the hoop, thus maintaining his skills while recuperating.
Malcolm had completely recovered and continued his college study and playing basketball at the University.
Recently we found out that Malcom Brogdon had joined the Milwaukee Bucks – an NBA franchise! What added to our excitement is that Malcolm is now in Milwaukee where Step Dynamics, the RollerFoot company, is located. What an interesting coincidence: out of dozens of NBA teams Brogdon comes to Milwaukee – the home of the RollerFoot! The one that helped him during the recovery from the injury. We are so glad to have him in our town. We can now go to the game and see Malcolm play at the Bucks Arena! And maybe one day we could meet him in person and talk about his experience on the RollerFoot years ago.
Next time you see the Bucks number 13 running and jumping on the basketball court, watch for his left leg. RollerFoot had helped in healing it!
The below video shows RollerFoot on sidewalks. The device is not only useful at home and office but also in the streets of today’s urban living. The user in the video is using RollerFoot rolling along the sidewalks with his both hands free to carry some items. Steering the RollerFoot with his knee, the user is easily crossing the street, turning corners. Video shows how to rest the injured foot by elevating it on the RollerFoot while seated on a bench.
RollerFoot in the Car
You can also see a demonstration of how easy it is getting the RollerFoot in and out of a car. You roll up to the car door, open it, turn yourself around, unstrap your leg from the RollerFoot. Then sit down on the passenger seat, pick up the device and put it in your lap or between your lags, pad downward. The light weight and small size of the RollerFoot allows you to handle the unit with one hand and minimum effort.
Getting Over Obstacles
In one episode the user shows how to manage small obstacles in the street. Stepping over cracks, bumps, cables, grooves, small steps will help you navigate almost any street of a modern city. Attachment of the RollerFoot to the leg by straps enables the user to lift up the device and carry it over obstacles.
Taking a Step Up or Down
Depending of the user’s skill, it is possible to lift the RollerFoot with your thigh as high as one foot! This is higher than a regular step of a staircase (ATTENTION: we strongly discourage to use the RollerFoot on stairs.)
This allows the user in the street to manage a transition from the pavement to the sidewalk in one step. The video shows how this can be one. The maneuver requires a certain level of confidence and physical ability but is not out of reach of a regular physically able person. The detail instruction on this move is provided in the RollerFoot Instructional Video that we supply to every client.
Among all knee scooters, only RollerFoot is capable of stepping up or down. Unique design, small size and light weight of RollerFoot make this possible.
RollerFoot was featured on NBC’s WTMJ4 in Milwaukee on the Morning Blend show.
Anyone who’s had foot surgery for trauma or bunions knows what a pain it can be to get around without putting weight on your foot. In addition, most methods tie up your hands and make accomplishing daily activities difficult. That’s why we’re really excited to introduce you to RollerFoot! It provides smooth mobility with no weight on your foot, all while keeping your hands free following foot surgery!
Most people are not even aware of the many options that exist for them. This includes not only those who work at home but many in standing professions using both hands, such as surgeons, hair stylists, machinists, bar tenders, store clerks
This picture “Mom on RollerFoot” is a great testimony that our clients are very busy people and just can’t simply stop doing what they have to do. Many of them are mothers with families and children.
This one was sent to us by our client Heather L. She too continues to take care of her children and the household while non-weight bearing and recovering from a foot injury.
Her son drew Mom on the RollerFoot because he sees her all day long on the RollerFoot rolling around the house, taking care of things. Most noticeable on that drawing is that he shows himself and Mom close together. This means that Heather is doing an excellent job despite her predicament, and we are proud that RollerFoot is helping her to achieve that. What is also good to see is that both of them are smiling on the drawing. This means that the son feels that things are going great! What a blessing!