Jesse Thomas, Triathlon/Ironman champion @jessemthomas has used our RollerFoot hands free knee scooter two times.
First time he needed a knee walker without handles (or handle bars) in 2013 following a surgery to address a navicular stress fracture in his right foot. A blog article was posted on our website then here. At that time the RollerFoot allowed Jesse to easily move around his house while continue exercising his upper leg muscles to maintain strength and avoid muscle atrophy during the no-weight bearing period.
Six years later, and several impressive Ironman, Triathlon and marathon titles under his belt, Jesse needed another surgery due to a navicular stress fracture now in his left foot. For the best results in after surgery mobility Jesse turned again to the proven hands free knee walker RollerFoot. This time Jesse not only maintained his physical shape using RollerFoot, he also had a lot of responsibility running his healthy bar company and taking care of his second child.
In this short video Jesse is at his company, demonstrating how easy it is to use the hands free knee scooter RollerFoot when both hands are available for productive work instead of steering a knee cart.
After foot surgery, life gets tough enough: coping with pain, trying to get used to no-weight bearing on the injured foot, moving around on one leg, etc.. But when you add to that taking care of your family and especially small kids, that is where things can get really rough. Having both hands free in this situation makes all the difference!
Many people ask us, can I use the RollerFoot knee scooter on sidewalks? I believe you can now see for yourself. Yes, it’s easy and very convenient.
#RollerFoot is the only knee scooter that frees up your both hands.
Watch how our favorite Triathlon/Ironman champion @jessemthomas manages his parental duties like a champ on the RollerFoot. Iron clad patience, my friends!
Let’s take a look at how a patient after foot surgery and no-weight bearing with a knee scooter can drive a car. And most importantly, how do you fit your knee scooter in the car. First – the steerable knee scooter (knee cart) and the car.
Steerable Knee Scooter In Car
Steerable knee carts are quite bulky and heavy. They consist of a platform with wheels and a tall steering column. Something like this:
In this working condition these scooters are not the best fit inside a car. SUV with a back hatch door will suit better for these machines. One would have quite a struggle to wrestle them inside a van, let alone in a car.
Here is how they look folded:
Even with a folded steering column, and the basket detached, one must lift them with both hands from the ground while balancing on one good leg!
Then the patient must hop on one good leg around the van (car) to the driver (passenger) seat! Not an easy exercise for an average patient.
Here is one of those steerables inside the trunk of a large car (a Cadillac!). I guess life is usually easy with a Caddy…. 🙂
And here is one remarkable attempt to squeeze one of these steerable carts inside the car….
I’m not sure the inside of his vehicle looks the same after a couple of those trips…
Now let look at the RollerFoot knee scooter and its ability to travel with the patient by car and let you decide which one is easier.
RollerFoot Inside the Car
First of all, RollerFoot knee scooter is much smaller and lighter then any of those “steerable” knee rollers/scooters (we call them Knee Carts) mentioned above. RollerFoot can be lifted with one hand by the strap and placed anywhere in the car. If patient is able to drive while non-weight bearing on left foot, he can place the RollerFoot next to him on or in front of the passenger seat. Like this:
When the fight foot is injured and non-weight bearing, the patient would be a passenger in the car. In this case he can roll up right to the passenger door, unstrap the RollerFoot and sit down on the seat, pick up the unit and place it in his lap between legs. It looks like this:
No hopping around the car on one leg! You get on and off the RollerFoot right at the door and easily transport it inside the car. You can also watch the video of the RollerFoot in the car:
I think by now the advantages of the RollerFoot over the steerable knee scooters are obvious as it comes to transporting them in the car.
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!