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Scooter to get about on!

Posted by Stuart B on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013647)

I am thinking of buying a push scooter to get about town on. Not one of those nasty disabled things or a kids toy, but a fab colapsable hi-tech one from a company called xooter (they ave a good web site) Two things are worrying me, 1. Will push/kicking whilst balancing hurt my feet? and 2. Will I look too much like a mad burke and stop using it!?

What do you fellow PFers think? Thanks in advance, Stuart


Re: Scooter to get about on!

alan k on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013652)

I feel pretty strange in a wheelchair. My wife suddenly thinks she has to do everything for me, like help me open a letter, etc.

I'm glad I still use my feet. I think it is good for the muscles. But things like shopping are definitely no good. A scooter would be wiser for me.

alan k


Re: Scooter to get about on!

Janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013708)

Stuart,
I've been using an electric scooter for about nine months now. I use it at work (I work in a very large hospital) and if I go to museums, malls...
This scooter has saved my life. I have much more freedom than I had before. I tried using a wheelchair for about six months but my shoulders started to bother me. My scooter is an Amigo (brand) it fits into the back of my car (Ford escort wagon). The really good part is my insurance paid for it at 100%. There were hoops to jump through but it was worth it. My fear of getting a scooter was that I would become dependent on it and would sort of atrophy from the waist down. Not so. I'm actually able to be on my feet longer now because they aren't shot from work. I used to come home from work and crawl on hands and knees around the house. At any rate I would be cautious about the repetitive dorsiflexing action on the foot involved in using a push-type scooter. Its could be a strain and might flare up your condition. Be careful and good luck.

Re: Scooter to get about on!

alan k on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013652)

I feel pretty strange in a wheelchair. My wife suddenly thinks she has to do everything for me, like help me open a letter, etc.

I'm glad I still use my feet. I think it is good for the muscles. But things like shopping are definitely no good. A scooter would be wiser for me.

alan k


Re: Scooter to get about on!

Janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013708)

Stuart,
I've been using an electric scooter for about nine months now. I use it at work (I work in a very large hospital) and if I go to museums, malls...
This scooter has saved my life. I have much more freedom than I had before. I tried using a wheelchair for about six months but my shoulders started to bother me. My scooter is an Amigo (brand) it fits into the back of my car (Ford escort wagon). The really good part is my insurance paid for it at 100%. There were hoops to jump through but it was worth it. My fear of getting a scooter was that I would become dependent on it and would sort of atrophy from the waist down. Not so. I'm actually able to be on my feet longer now because they aren't shot from work. I used to come home from work and crawl on hands and knees around the house. At any rate I would be cautious about the repetitive dorsiflexing action on the foot involved in using a push-type scooter. Its could be a strain and might flare up your condition. Be careful and good luck.