Amputees rave about the iWALK2.0 Hands Free Crutch
The iWALK2.0 is the world’s best crutch alternative. But don’t take our word for it. Read the feedback from our happy amputees. They used crutches. Then they used iWALK2.0. Here’s what they have to say:
Although the iWALK2.0 was originally intended for lower leg, non-weight bearing injuries, the Below Knee Amputee (BKA) community has discovered the iWALK2.0. They have been using it and sharing their success stories with us.
The iWALK2.0 is now being used throughout the BKA community both as pre-permanent prosthetic transition device, as well as a post permanent prosthetic everyday device to fill in when they cannot, or do not want, to use their prosthetic. Rather than facing the limiting and unwanted challenges of other options such as crutches, wheelchairs, and scooters, or even hopping and crawling, more and more, the BKA community is reaching for the iWALK2.0 as a solution.
Anytime a Below Knee Amputee would have use for a prosthetic, the iWALK2.0 can fill in!
“Without the iWALK, I couln’t do anything!”
Before Steve was in his accident he was a very active person. He and his wife would run 5ks and in August of 2014 Steve ran his first half marathon. Steve was in training to complete his second half marathon when he was hit broadside on his motorcycle in April. When Steve learned that he had to have his leg amputated he still vowed to his friends and family that he would walk in the Parkersburg Homecoming 2 mile race on his prosthetic. “Steve’s niece Christina and close friend Brad are willing to push his wheelchair if that is necessary so that he can participate,” Martha, Steve’s wife says, “but, a more realistic goal for him is to walk in the two-mile race under his own steam on a new prosthetic leg.” Unfortunately, Steve’s wound would not heal.
Two months after his amputation he was still using crutches and a wheelchair. Being confined to his porch and dependent on those around him. That’s when his wife came across the iWALK2.0 while shopping online. “We found a solution for the day to day mobility while we wait for the pressure wound to heal,” says Martha, “very happy man!” 30 minutes after he had received the iWALK2.0 Steve was walking again! After that, the couple never looked back. “Every other night my wife and I would go to the same park and walk using the iWALK,” Steve said, “she would push the wheelchair and I would walk and then when I got tired I would sit in the wheelchair.” Since he had not been using his left leg at all for two months there was some atrophy and he would tire quickly. For the next two months they would go to that park and walk as far as they could. By the end Steve was able to walk 2 miles on his iWALK.
By August, Steve’s wound had healed and he was able to be fit for his prosthesis. The race was just two days away. “In my 27 years’ experience I have never seen a transtibial amputee do so well so quickly with their first prosthesis,” Mark Miller, CPO, Steve’s prosthetist, said. Steve was not only able to participate in the race but “he walked continuously at a normal pace with only one stop to add an additional 1-ply sock, which he did on his own,” said Mark. “The following week, he walked in a 5K. On the third week, he rode his bike 3 miles,” Mark continued. Everybody was amazed! Not only at Steve’s determination, but also at what he accomplished despite all the barriers he faced.
Because of the iWALK2.0, Steve was able to achieve the incredible! “The ONLY reason he had the stamina and muscle strength to walk like he did was because of the mobility he had using the iWALK2.0,” said Martha. “It really helped me out a bunch,” said Steve, “I believe that is why I am able to do what I am now with my prosthesis as early as I am because my thigh wasn’t lying dormant for months with the iWALK.”
Steve is the perfect example of how the iWALK2.0 can positively transform a patient’s recovery. Steve did not need to do any rehab to learn to use his new prosthesis and with the iWALK2.0 more people can have this same experience. He not only kept the strength in the rest of the leg he also learned how to walk on a prosthesis with the iWALK; much like training wheels on a bike. Still, there are further benefits that the iWALK2.0 provides to BK amputees that we have learned and continue to learn over time. It can help curb the effects of depression during the recovery period, it can be used if the patient’s prosthesis needs to be resized or serviced for any reason, it can work in the shower and in the home for when they are unable or unwilling to don their prosthetic, and it can help as a general tool that can be used in addition to their prosthesis so they can always be hands free, mobile, and independent.
“I hope Steve’s story can change the fact that our medical professionals were not aware of the iWALK2.0 so that other amputees can benefit from this amazing device!” –Martha Lamp
Check out more of his story from Miller Prosthetics here, including the video below.
Since the amputation of my leg in December from a motorcycle accident I have used the iWALK2.0 daily. Before the accident I was an extremely active and independent individual so losing my leg was definitely a huge tragedy for me. Before I got my iWALK2.0 I had a wheelchair, which held me back from 90% of my daily activities. Now that I have the iWALK2.0 I can do some of my favorite activities such as going to the gym (I’m an aspiring trainer), rock climbing, the beach and whatever other good time that is thrown my way; I have even been to two different music festivals. My daily activities, such as household maintenance, are so much easier and more comfortable than they were in the wheelchair or on crutches.
The iWALK2.0 has helped me psychologically as well. How so? Well, I had a healthy and active lifestyle and now because of my accident I pretty much had that ripped away from me. It’s almost been 7 months and I know I wouldn’t have been able to keep the mindset I have had if it weren’t for the iWALK2.0. It has definitely helped me keep my sanity in check, helped with depression, and has been an overall confidence booster. Now waiting on my prosthetic and counting the days.
This is just part of my story as a new amputee but thanks to the iWALK2.0 I am able to maintain some quality of life, it has help tremendously!
Aaron, Yucca Valley, CA
“It will bring you a freedom you didn’t know existed, without any pain or hassle”
The iWalk has changed my life inside my home! I am 62 and as active as I can be with one foot. I lost my left foot in a motorcycle accident 20 years ago. Since then, I have been fitted with and used several prostheses. The prosthesis is great for getting around town like a two-footed person; however, wearing it is tiring and can also be painful if I wear it for too long. So when I am at home, I am either on my knees or on crutches. Recently I was told by a specialist that I have to stay off my knees or I will suffer infection in them. But the crutches are so inconvenient because I can’t carry anything when I use them. Then my fiancée found the iWalk on line and immediately purchased it for me. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to get it! When it finally arrived and I put it on, I felt such a sense of relief and freedom: I can now walk around the house and property and carry things! This is so huge as I couldn’t even carry a cup of coffee when on my crutches, and my fiancée had to follow me all around the house and bring the things to me that I couldn’t carry. Now I have real autonomy inside the house and don’t have to ask for help. And our African Grey parrot, Zsa Zsa, loves my iWalk as she is a bit afraid of the crutches. Now I can walk around with her on my shoulder, and we’re both having a blast! I would absolutely recommend the iWalk for anyone who is amputated below the knee. It will bring you a freedom you didn’t know existed, without any pain or hassle. I am so grateful for the iWalk and wish it had been around 20 years ago!
-Ray, Yelm Washington
“I use it day in and day out and I put my iWALK2.0 through hell!”
I was in a bad motorcycle accident in September of 2013. In that accident I lost most of my left foot. I was hopping around on a walker or stuck in a wheel chair. The alternative was a knee scooter but the cost was high and it also took over my hands. Then I found out about the iWALK2.0. I took to it in just a few minutes and within 10 minutes was walking up and down stairs. My 79 year old father wanted to try it on and he was also walking in just a few minutes.
I’ve been on iWALK2.0 for about 3 months now. I use it day in and day out and I put my iWALK2.0 through Hell. To think, had I found it first, I could have had the quality of life I now enjoy.
With my iWALK2.0 I have both my hands free and I can do almost anything like I used to. It also helps me rebuild the muscles on my left thigh that were depleted due to being bed ridden for over a month.
I am still using my iWALK2.0 while my wound is still healing. It will be a few more months before I have a prosthetic fitted and am back to walking.
I just recently moved into a new home, something I could have not done without my iWALK2.0. I even pressure washed my new house on my own.
Thank you again for coming up with such a great product. I love my iWALK2.0 and could not have been this far in my recovery without it, not to mention what it’s done for my mental health to keep me positive and not depressed. I cannot express the way this thing has helped me and I cannot recommend it enough. I owe my life to it.
“I love it. I use it every night! I am glad I got this early in my rehabilitation so I can stop hopping so much – my joints will thank me when I am 80.”
Christina , Amputee OT