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What Is A Roll About?

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

At first glance, a “roll about” might seem like a new type of dance move that all the young people are executing on the dance floor.  But don’t worry, you’re not behind the times in terms of dance moves (although they did lose you at “flossing”).  A roll about is simply a term that’s used to describe a knee walker, which is a mobility device that can help you get around without putting additional stress on your foot or ankle while it’s recovery from an injury or surgery.

A roll about (also known as a knee scooter) looks like a cross between a kids scooter and a bike.  Three or four sturdy wheels are attached to a scooter frame, which features a cushioned pad.  When you kneel your bad leg onto the pad, you can use your good leg to push yourself forward, and your hands to steer the handles.  It’s a great way to ensure that you remain upright, which isn’t exactly the kind of promise you can get from crutches.

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A roll about may look a little intimidating at first glance, but we promise, it’s surprisingly simple to use.  All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the knee walker is positioned for your height.  This involves raising the kneepad so that your hips are straight and level when you kneel onto the roll about.  If you keep re-adjusting your kneepad but can’t find an ideal position, you may need to get a model that’s specifically designed for your height.

  2. Don’t tempt yourself by rolling along too fast.  As soon as you kneel onto your walker, you’ll notice how much easier it can be to move around.  But you’ll want to slowly get used to the mechanisms before you take it out for a test drive.  Get a feel for how sensitive the handbrakes are, and how much pressure you’ll need to apply on the handlebars to make those hairpin turns.

  3. Get used to picking up the knee walker, which is crucial if you live in a home that has a staircase.  The more comfortable you are lifting your roll about scooter, the easier it will be to go up and down the stairs by yourself.

Roll about scooters are the best way to get around while you’re recovering from a foot or ankle surgery – and you’ll find the best models at Knee Walker Central.  Our online rental service makes it easier to find, order, and receive the perfect knee walker model.  With free exchanges, hassle-free returns, and affordable rental rates, it’s no wonder more people turn to Knee Walker Central for the best roll about scooters.

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