Back in August 2014 I was diagnosed with Haglund’s Deformity, Achilles Tendonitis, Heel Spurs, Bursitis, and a few other things I cannot remember. As a police officer, this was devastating because it meant not being able to work in my full capacity. We tried several conservative treatments with no sucess. Unfortunately surgery is not an option as my doctor says the risks outweigh the benefits.
Last month, we decided to try a PRP injection and have me non-weight baering for 6-8 weeks. Having had a different foot surgery before, I dreaded having to use crutches again for many reasons. First of all, after extended use, they become painful. It is nearly impossible to use stairs safely, and they don’t fit in the trunk of my car. My doctor recommended a knee scooter.
I decided to find a knee scooter on my own, as the rental prices were astronomical! I would rather buy one and resell it than pay $100/month. As I was researching, I found one I liked, and after sending the link to my wife, she sent me a link to the iWALK2.0 as a joke. I thought it was kind of silly at first, but then I started to actually look into it.
I tried to find a local dealer, but no one had them in stock. In the following few days, we were traveling to Michigan to visit family and discovered Monroe Home Care Shoppe. They had them in stock and were qualified to fit them properly. This was great news for me as it was only about a mile out of our way and I didn’t have to wait for it to be shipped.
I was immediately excited about getting an iWALK2.0. I knew I did not want crutches again and didn’t want to have to regularly carry a scooter up the 2 flights of stairs in my house. I have two young kids, so having my hands free to hug them and play with them was absolutely vital to me.
When I arrived at Monroe HCS, I was fitted for the device and was walking on it instantly. He put it on the lower height so I could practice, but I was ready to go to normal height after just a few steps. They were almost as excited as I was, because most of them had not yet seen them used!
I wore my iWALK2.0 back out to the car where my family was waiting. My kids thought it was pretty cool. I quickly realized another benefit; When traveling with the kids, there was not enough room to put a knee scooter in the car, but the iWALK fit easliy.
Now that I have had the device for a few weeks, I still love it. I am able to be mobile and am back at work in a modified duty capacity.
Buying the iWALK was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love having the ability to walk with my family. I get to keep doing the things I like doing, and have fewer health risks from being sedentary and immobile. Thanks iWALK!