Medical Device Keeps Busy Doctors on Their Feet
Foot and ankle injuries, and any other lower leg injury for that matter, are a real drag! The prospect of being on crutches for multiple weeks at a time is even more disconcerting, especially for busy doctors who rely on mobility and the use of their hands to complete patient rounds and perform complicated surgeries. The four busy doctors below know this all too well and were incredibly concerned when they each suffered injuries affecting their ability to put weight on their foot. Many were skeptical at first but quickly realized the life changing effects the iWALK2.0 crutch had. The ability to maintain surgical schedules and navigate the hospital enabled each of them to do what they loved most about their job – taking care of their patients!
Dr. Jim Sears
Physician Recommends Skeptics to try iWALK2.0
Dr. Jim Sears, a board certified Pediatrician and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning medical talk show The Doctors, is a known good sport. Some may even refer to him at the show guinea pig — willing to try all types of medical treatments, often resulting in funny segments on the show. When he was first introduced to iWALK2.0, a silly peg-legged pirate was his first vision. However, he quickly put this vision aside and thought of his number one priority, his patients.
When it comes to new medical technology, doctors try to be open-minded but also exercise caution. They need to be certain that any recommendation will help and not harm a patient. Sears knows all too well that crutches were a pain for any person. Knee scooters were gaining popularity, but iWALK2.0 was the only true hands-free crutch on the market. Very intrigued and recognizing the necessity for a crutch alternative, Sears put iWALK2.0 to the test.
Skeptical of the device, Dr. Sears had multiple concerns. Would it be comfortable, safe, and convenient for his patients? “It took me about five steps before I was totally confident,” he noted after trying it on for the first time. Like many other first-time iWALK users, he was expecting to feel unstable, and he thought he might even experience pain in his knee or shin. Rather, “the iWALK crutch eliminates the pain and brings back the use of your hands and arms.” He couldn’t believe how easy the hands-free crutch was to use and how stable he felt almost immediately.
The most remarkable improvement over crutches and the knee scooter was the ability to use his hands and arms while walking around on only one foot. Doctors constantly use their hands, whether taking notes, writing prescriptions, feeling for pain or pressure points, or performing surgery. iWALK2.0 allowed Dr. Sears to carry on with all of the functions of his demanding job. “Man, this is great!” exclaimed to colleagues.
While Sears was incredibly impressed with the mobility allowed by iWALK2.0, he also noted the inherent and positive psychological effects the device can have on those suffering from lower leg injuries. Patients gain a sense of freedom as soon as they understand that iWALK allows them to maintain their day to day activities and active lifestyle. Dr. Sears recommends iWALK to anyone with a lower leg injury and especially encourages other physicians to give it a try. “It’s simple, inexpensive, and effective, and a massive improvement over conventional crutches.”
Dr. Clark Jennigan
iWALK2.0 Equals Excellence in this Orthopedic Surgeon’s Mind
Dr. Clark Jennigan is beginning to wonder why so many patients with lower leg injuries such as a broken ankle, fractured foot, or ruptured Achilles tendon, are still hobbling around on crutches. Jennigan, an orthopedic surgeon from South Carolina, put iWALK2.0 to the test after surgery resulting from a plafond fracture in his lower leg. Knowing that his recovery would take many weeks, Dr. Jennigan was not interested in shifting his patients aside because of his own injury. He also knew that neither crutches nor a knee scooter would allow him to operate during his recovery. He needed the use of his hands!
Jennigan had heard of iWALK2.0 and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to give the only hands-free crutch on the market a try. Within a few minutes of trying it on, the surgeon was able to move about freely, keep his foot elevated, and perform day-to-day activities that would have been impossible with crutches. Realizing he was going to be able to operate 3 weeks earlier than expected over-joyed the doctor and prompted him to write iWALK2.0 to compliment them on their excellence in engineering. “I want other surgeons to know about it!” Thanks to Dr. Jennigan they will!
Dr. Duane S. Pinto
Busy Harvard Cardiologist Gets Back to OR with iWALK2.0
Dr. Pinto, a practicing interventional cardiologist who performs multiple surgeries each week is a very important person to his patients. Performing complicated heart surgeries is no joke, and Dr. Pinto recognized that he wouldn’t find many of his patients laughing when he revealed that he would have to postpone surgery or recommend a different surgeon because of a broken ankle.
Broken ankles are a drag! They are even worse for a busy cardiologist who adds speaking conferences to his already full plate. Unable to bear weight on his ankle for many weeks, Dr. Pinto couldn’t stand the thought of not being able to perform operations on his patients. He knew that crutches were not the answer. Imagine a doctor trying to perform surgery while on crutches? No thank you! “I need my hands free and can’t lean on crutches for procedures in an operating room,” Dr. Pinto explained.
Fortunately, Dr. Pinto found iWALK2.0 and was able to get back to performing complicated surgical procedures on his patients after just a few days. Patients and fellow medical professionals found Dr. Pinto’s peg leg amusing but were thrilled to see him walking up and down stairs and using his hands in the operating room. Crutches were not an option for this busy doctor, and fortunately for him and many of his patients, iWALK2.0 came to the rescue.
Dr. Andres M. Perez
Foot and Ankle Surgeon Back to Work in 3 Days
Nobody knows the prognosis of a serious ankle or foot injury better than Dr. Perez, an Orlando, Florida-based foot and ankle surgeon. The words, “four to six weeks of non-weight bearing activity” have come out of his mouth more times than he can count, so you can imagine his dismay when he seriously injured his ankle. Disastrous is putting it mildly.
The 51-year-old surgeon was in a state of panic after fracturing his ankle, instantaneously realizing that it would be impossible to perform surgeries on his needy patients while on crutches. Obviously a doctor cannot perform surgery unless their hands are free! Recognizing that he would have to refer his patients to other colleagues or postpone surgery, Dr. Perez made quick work of searching for crutch alternatives.
He pondered regular crutches and a knee scooter momentarily, recognizing “neither would resolve my issues.” He figured a knee scooter might work, but knew that in order to perform surgeries he would need to be truly hands-free – not something the knee scooter would provide. While he regularly prescribed crutches to his patients, he knew that they wouldn’t work for him. “I then remembered…the iWALK2.0!” He did some quick Internet research and called the company to do some further investigation. He was sold and immediately ordered iWALK2.0
Apprehensive at first, Dr. Perez pushed himself to become comfortable with the device. “I was surprised at how quick and easy it was to learn,” remembered Dr. Perez. Just 3 days after his injury,. Perez was back to work, seeing and operating on his patients. “I was expecting to be out at least 4-6 weeks; iWALK2.0 allowed me to go back [to work] 3 days after the injury. That is incredible!” he exclaimed to his friends, family, colleagues, and very happy patients. Dr. Perez now recommends iWALK2.0 to many of his active patients who have suffered ankle or foot injuries!
Dr. Elmo Agatep
Skeptical Doctor Puts iWALK2.0 to the Test
Dr. Agatep, a board certified MD in Orthopedics and sports medicine, among other disciplines, prescribes crutches all the time – even to his most active patients, including the USA women’s volleyball team. Following standard protocol, he did the same with a patient who suffered a foot injury and was unable to bear weight on her broken foot for at least 6 weeks. Imagine his surprise when a week later she sauntered into his office without crutches!
He watched his patient with interest and noted that “she walked through the office as if she was injury-free.” iWALK2.0.” Dr. Agatep, used to seeing patients hobbling around on cumbersome crutches, was amazed at his patient’s mobility and stability. He immediately recognized the mobility and psychological benefits the hands-free crutch alternative would have for all of his patients, including his elite athletes, so Dr. Agatep committed to wearing iWALK2.0 for two days. “I wanted to be sure that this was something I could, in good conscience, recommend to my patients,” he explained when asked why he tried it.
Dr. Agatep’s initial expectations weren’t very positive. Would it be comfortable? Would it take a long time to get used to it? Would he feel stable? Yes, Yes, and Yes! He found iWALK2.0 “to be quite comfortable and balance was intuitive….and it was very safe.” Dr. Agatep quickly adapted to his day to day activities while wearing iWALK2.0 and realized how incredibly effective it would be for any patient who suffered from injuries where healing required that no weight be put on the injured portion of the leg.
The California-based doctor could not believe that it was the first time he was seeing this incredible device that not only gave patients with a broken ankle, fractured foot, or torn Achilles tendon mobility but also significantly changed their path to recovery and overall disposition. He noted that muscle atrophy, generally apparent after using crutches for an extended period of time, was greatly reduced. In addition, patients experienced “a sense of freedom because of their ability to remain active and independent.” He noted that injured patients actually felt empowered rather than disabled! “iWALK2.0 is an incredible addition to the care that doctors can provide their patients!”
Dr. Robin Logan
Internist Recommends iWALK2.0 to Orthopedists
Dr. Logan, a Missouri based internal medicine physician, knew that recovery from a heel bone fracture would not be easy on his professional and personal life. Getting around while keeping weight off his injured foot was mandatory for this busy doctor. Doing rounds each day is a big part of his responsibilities to his patients, and it would be nearly impossible, and certainly much slower, on crutches. Dr. Logan obtained a knee scooter, which allowed him to get from floor to floor with ease but didn’t make much sense while standing at a patient’s bedside.
Dr. Logan has a number of friends in orthopedics and physical therapy, and he mentioned his predicament to them. One noted seeing iWALK2.0 at a convention but had never tried it. Dr. Logan decided it was time to put the hands-free crutch to the test. He also insisted that his skeptical orthopedic surgeon try it as well. Skepticism turned to amazement in less than a minute. Dr. Logan was able to move from bedside to bedside with no problem and his hands were free to take notes as needed. Cumbersome crutches and knee scooter were replaced with iWALK2.0. “I love this product as it vastly improved the quality of my life over the past two months.”
Doctors, more than anyone else, are fully aware of the downtime one suffers from a lower leg injury such as a broken ankle, torn Achilles tendon, or fractured foot. They know all too well that rehabilitation usually calls for a long period (4-6 weeks) where not weight can be put on the injured foot or ankle. So what do doctors and others in active professions do when they suffer the same injury? When the goin’ gets tough, the tough get going! Orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists, and internists, and many others in the medical profession are recognizing the profound benefits of using iWALK2.0 in lieu of crutches or a knee scooter. Rehabilitation is quicker because atrophy from not using a leg is no longer an issue with iWALK2.0. iWALK2.0 users become empowered by the device when they find that they can resume their normal day-to-day activities while being non-weight bearing. Doctors around the world are recommending iWALK2.0 as a true game changer when it comes to maintaining mobility through injury! See what they have to say here and read our doctor testimonials.