Brakes on RollerFoot?

Why RollerFoot Has No Brakes

Today knee scooters are like vehicles: patient is the driver with both hands on the steering handle bar and fingers on the brake levers.

People often ask how come RollerFoot doesn’t have brakes?  The assumption here is that without the brakes RollerFoot is somehow less safe than the steerable knee scooter carts, that have all sorts of fancy braking jigs.  Some high speed knee scooter models even have disk brakes (front and rear).

Spry Knee Cruzer racer.

Spry Knee Scooter (“Cruzer”) with dual disc brakes and car-like steering mechanism. Ready for serious high speed racing. Except the driver has a foot trauma…

Wow, the  patients (pilots) of those knee scooter racing carts must be in real danger rolling at neck braking speed across parking lots and ramps in the mall. No kidding, you need race car-like brakes when you’re doing those kind of stunts with a broken leg!

And they call those knee scooters (carts) going over 20 mph, safe?!

I actually heard one DME professional (an authority figure in the industry) marvel over a patient guy bolting down the street at a high speed on their steerable cart?  I thought we’re all about safety and not putting our patients at risk.

Really? Racing? Is that what you want to do 3 days after you broke your ankle, or ruptured Achilles tendon or had a foot surgery?  My own experience and that of most of our patients (most of whom are mature women), show that you want a quiet time while enduring the pain, and you want to carry that injured foot around very smoothly and carefully, as every sharp turn causes sharp pain.  Plus, many take pain killers during this time, and thus are kind of naturally slow.

No, patients don’t need setting speed records during recovery from a foot injury.

The desire for brakes on those steerable scooters is from the mind set for safety on bicycles, or street scooters, or some sort of vehicle that you ride. Well, time to require to wear helmets while operating them!…

RollerFoot is not a vehicle! You don’t drive RollerFoot.  RollerFoot works as an extension of your leg. Since RollerFoot is the best for use in tight spaces at home and office YOU DON’T NEED BRAKES there!

 

Ramps

Using RollerFoot on Ramps

Our customers successfully use RollerFoot on ramps that are commonly found in public buildings and other places. Those are also known as a handicapped access. Our patients can easily go up and down those ramps with or without holding on to the rail.

The technique on the ramp is that your good leg works as a brake on the way down, and up.  You just need a little more effort in the upper legs muscles to control your descent or climb. Your can see that in the videos on the Home Page and Features Page.

Kathy-on-RollerFoot

Kathy used ramp on RollerFoot.

As our customer Kathy says: “I rolled down and up the ramp in my garage without any problem.”  And so can you!

One final note. Oftentimes whenever there is a ramp in a large public building, there is an elevator. Use that instead. Also, do not use escalators on RollerFoot, an elevator is usually close by. Keep that in mind.

 

True Hands Free Knee Scooter For Work and Play

Billiards! –  Surprise Use Of RollerFoot Knee Scooter

RollerFoot knee scooter fees up hands for a pool player with torn Achilles Tendon

Jason “The Michigan Kid” Billiards pro practices pool on RollerFoot knee scooter.

If you can play professional billiards on the RollerFoot knee scooter, imagine how many other jobs can benefit from this true hands free concept. RollerFoot knee scooter is indispensable for so many “standing” professions that the list is almost endless.

We have realized long ago that RollerFoot will benefit many “standing” professions, such as doctors, hairdressers, cooks, bar tenders, machinists, etc., but who could have thought that there would be more as people keep discovering RollerFoot on the web.

Jason, a professional pool (Billiards) player, contacted us recently about purchasing a RollerFoot so that he can keep practicing during his rehab time.  It turns out that as a pro he must practice daily to stay competitive.   We were intrigued to have Jason as a client since we have never seen a RollerFoot being used for playing billiards.

A few days later Jason sent us his video with him rolling on the RollerFoot around the pool table doing all these crazy shots.  It is truly amazing!

Other Crutchless Options And Knee Scooters?

Can you imagine anything else besides RollerFoot that Jason could have used in his situation?  Crutches? Steerable Knee Scooters with a handle bar?  No way!  There is nothing on the market  that can free  up your hands  and keep the weight off your foot and do it as effectively as the RollerFoot.

You might argue that the stump iWalkfree might work.  Well, maybe. Let’s see. But first, we’ve heard so many times that regular customers switched from iWalkfree to RollerFoot, simply because of convenience and ease of use.  Our client Dr. Maura reported that walking on iWalkfree is unnatural in motion, makes you clumsy, hard to get on and off. Plus, you’re still doing that pendulum motion with your injured leg that is painful because that motion causes the rush of blood into the injured foot.

RollerFoot, on the other hands, carries your injured leg very smoothly and gently, without any locomotion of iWalkfree, that causes additional pain.

But even convenience aside, iWalkfree must be strapped to your thigh so you can’t bend your knee once you’re strapped.  Not so on the RollerFoot, you can freely bend your knee adjusting your posture as needed during use.

So, Jason could bend his knee in the RollerFoot and lean forward over the table.  You can see how he’s doing that in that video.  Also notice how well he is at maneuvering  the RollerFoot.

And really, you can bend forward and pick up things from the floor on the RollerFoot!  But you can’t lean forward on a iWalkfree!  Case closed.

Now enjoy Jason’s video.  It’s really fun!