compare knee scooters

Knee Scooter Information

When you compare knee scooter to an iWalk there are some key differences.  While knee scooters do eliminate the pain associated with conventional under arm crutches, you need both hands to steer. Therefore, they are not hands free, making even simple tasks difficult to accomplish. Also, since they have wheels, uneven or sloped ground is extremely challenging.  You will not be able to go up or down stairs on a knee scooter.

These four-wheeled knee walkers, or knee scooters have been gaining in popularity as a crutch alternative despite being large and cumbersome. The bulkiness of the knee scooter makes them difficult to transport, and their large turning radius makes navigating in small spaces impossible.

Knee Scooter vs iWALK2.0 Comparison Comparison

When you compare knee scooter to the  iWALK2.0, it is clear that the iWALK2.0 is the best crutch alternative. While the iWALK2.0 works similar to a knee scooter, it offers so much more in mobility and freedom. The iWALk2.0 is a hands-free, pain-free crutch that solves the limitations of bulky knee scooters. It is lightweight, so it is easy to transport, and  it is easy to navigate very small spaces. In fact, you can even use your iWALK2.0 in the shower!

The iWALK2.0 is pain-free like knee scooters, but since it is also hands-free you can return to your normal day-to-day activities unrestricted,.  This allows you to take care of yourself, and those around you while your lower leg injuries heal. The iWALK2.0 is more than a knee walker, it’s a temporary lower leg! See our iWALK2.0 and Knee Scooter Comparison Chart below to see why the iWALK2.0 is the BEST mobility device for lower leg injuries!

iWALK2.0Knee Scooters

Will this device work for lower leg injuries?

YES – iWALK2.0 is indicated for virtually all lower leg non-weight bearing injuriesYES – Knee scooters are indicated for almost all lower leg non-weight bearing injuries

Will this device eliminate pain in my hands, arms, wrists or underarms?

YES – Your hands and arms are completely free, just like normal, so it’s pain freeYES – You are not bearing your weight on your hands, wrists or arms so typical crutch pain is eliminated

Will it keep my injury partially elevated?

YES – Elevation of the injured area is known to speed healing. iWALK2.0 provides partial elevationYES – Elevation of the injured area is known to speed healing.  Knee scooters provide partial elevation

Is this device hands free?

YES – iWALK2.0 is 100% hands free.  This allows you to return to a normal, functional, independent lifestyleNO – You need both your hands to steer and balance on the knee scooter.

Can you use this device on stairs?

YES – We don’t know of a safer mobility device for stairs. Not only are using your legs for balance and support, you have full access to the hand railNO – For obvious reasons, you cannot use a knee scooter on stairs. Even going up or down a curb can be dangerous

Can you use this device on different terrain – grass, gravel, concrete, carpet, etc?

YES – You can certainly adapt to different surfaces and terrain in confidenceNO – Scooters work best on flat, hard, level ground. Surfaces such as gravel, grass, slopes, curbs, carpet or other uneven terrain are difficult on scooters

Can this device be used in tight spaces – kitchens, bathrooms, etc?

YES – iWALK2.0 can go where you do. It’s simply a temporary lower leg – you can go where you want and do what you needNO – The turning radius is too large to allow efficient navigation of tight spaces such as a kitchen or bathroom

Is this device easy to transport?

YES – iWALK2.0 is light (4.2 lbs) and compact, and easily fits onto a car seat. Disassembled (2 minutes without tools), it’s about the size of a shoeboxNO – Scooters are large and bulky, and typically weigh over 20 pounds. They are hard to fit into a typical car boot. You then have to somehow hop to the car door unassisted

Will this device enable me to continue my daily activities?

YES – The iWALK2.0 lets you do just about everything you used to do in your daily routineNO – Will let you get from point A to point B on level ground.  Scooters won’t allow you full hands free functionality. Access and navigation in small areas is also restricted

Will this device reduce atrophy in my injured leg?

YES – All of the muscles of your upper leg are used like normal when walking on the iWALK2.0.  Muscle atrophy is significantly reducedNO – Other than kneeling, your leg is stationary on a knee scooter

Does this device increase patient compliance?

YES – Because you can do all your daily tasks on the iWALK2.0, there’s no need to be non-compliantNO – Scooters have significant limitations which leaves users little option but to “cheat” (non-compliance)
iWALK2.0Knee Scooters
Will this device work for lower leg injuries?YES – iWALK2.0 is indicated for virtually all lower leg non-weight bearing injuriesYES – Knee scooters are indicated for almost all lower leg non-weight bearing injuries
Will this device eliminate pain in my hands, arms, wrists or underarms?YES – Your hands and arms are completely free, just like normal, so it’s pain freeYES – You are not bearing your weight on your hands, wrists or arms so typical crutch pain is eliminated
Will it keep my injury partially elevated?YES – Elevation of the injured area is known to speed healing. iWALK2.0 provides partial elevationYES – Elevation of the injured area is known to speed healing.  Knee scooters provide partial elevation
Is this device hands free?YES – iWALK2.0 is 100% hands free.  This allows you to return to a normal, functional, independent lifestyleNO – You need both your hands to steer and balance on the knee scooter.
Can you use this device on stairs?YES – We don’t know of a safer mobility device for stairs. Not only are using your legs for balance and support, you have full access to the hand railNO – For obvious reasons, you cannot use a knee scooter on stairs. Even going up or down a curb can be dangerous
Can you use this device on different terrain – grass, gravel, concrete, carpet, etc?YES – You can certainly adapt to different surfaces and terrain in confidenceNO – Scooters work best on flat, hard, level ground. Surfaces such as gravel, grass, slopes, curbs, carpet or other uneven terrain are difficult on scooters
Can this device be used in tight spaces – kitchens, bathrooms, etc?YES – iWALK2.0 can go where you do. It’s simply a temporary lower leg – you can go where you want and do what you needNO – The turning radius is too large to allow efficient navigation of tight spaces such as a kitchen or bathroom
Is this device easy to transport?YES – iWALK2.0 is light (4.2 lbs) and compact, and easily fits onto a car seat. Disassembled (2 minutes without tools), it’s about the size of a shoeboxNO – Scooters are large and bulky, and typically weigh over 20 pounds. They are hard to fit into a typical car boot. You then have to somehow hop to the car door unassisted
Will this device enable me to continue my daily activities?YES – The iWALK2.0 lets you do just about everything you used to do in your daily routineNO – Will let you get from point A to point B on level ground.  Scooters won’t allow you full hands free functionality. Access and navigation in small areas is also restricted
Will this device reduce atrophy in my injured leg?YES – All of the muscles of your upper leg are used like normal when walking on the iWALK2.0.  Muscle atrophy is significantly reducedNO – Other than kneeling, your leg is stationary on a knee scooter
Does this device increase patient compliance?YES – Because you can do all your daily tasks on the iWALK2.0, there’s no need to be non-compliantNO – Scooters have significant limitations which leaves users little option but to “cheat” (non-compliance)

There’s No Comparison!

If you need  to have the use of your hands and arms and the ability to navigate small spaces, the iWALK is a better option.  It is also more suitable for  uneven terrain, and go up or down stairs.