iWALK vs Forearm Crutches
Forearm crutches are one of the leading mobility devices for leg injuries, especially outside of the USA, but they have some serious limitations. Forearm crutches hurt your hands, wrists and arms. They require significant upper body strength, and are very inefficient for walking. Even if you know how to use crutches, your hands and arms are totally encumbered, so you can’t do normal day-to-day things. Crutches are the most hated device most people will use in their lifetime.
In contrast, iWALK2.0 solves the problems of standard crutches. It’s the best crutch alternative available. It’s both hands free AND pain free because you use your leg to support your weight, not your hands and arms. And it’s highly functional – you walk and stand with your hands and arms 100% free to do whatever you need. iWALK2.0 is more than a crutch, it’s a temporary lower leg.
Will this device work for lower leg injuries?
iWALK2.0: YES – iWALK2.0 is indicated for virtually all lower leg non-weight bearing injuries
Forearm Crutches: YES – Forearm crutches are indicated for almost all lower leg non-weight bearing injuries
Will this device eliminate pain in my hands, arms, wrists or underarms?
iWALK2.0: YES – Your hands and arms are completely free, just like normal, so it’s pain free
Forearm Crutches: NO – Your underarms will be spared, but you’ll still feel it in your hands, wrists and arms.
Will it keep my injury partially elevated?
iWALK2.0: YES – Elevation of the injured area is known to speed healing, and iWALK2.0 provides partial elevation.
Forearm Crutches: NO – With forearm crutches, your foot is at ground level – there’s no elevation benefits.
Is this device hands free?
iWALK2.0: YES – iWALK2.0 is 100% hands free, so you can return to a normal, functional, independent lifestyle.
Forearm Crutches: NO – Your hands are fully involved in supporting your body weight.
Can you use this device on stairs?
iWALK2.0: YES – We don’t know of a safer mobility device for stairs. Not only are using your legs for balance and support, you have full access to the hand rail.
Forearm Crutches: YES –But you have to be extremely careful, as your hands are not free to use the hand rail.
Can you use this device on different terrain (grass, gravel, concrete, carpet, etc.)?
iWALK2.0: YES – You can certainly adapt to different surfaces and terrain in confidence.
Forearm Crutches: YES – Provided that you have good strength and balance. Forearm Crutches on loose surfaces can be dangerous
Can this device be used in tight spaces (kitchens, bathrooms, etc.)?
iWALK2.0: YES – iWALK2.0 can go where you do. It’s simply a temporary lower leg – you can go where you want and do what you need..
Forearm Crutches: YES – While you can navigate tight spaces, you still can’t do anything that involves hands or arms.
Is this device easy to transport?
iWALK2.0: YES – iWALK2.0 is light (4.2 lbs) and compact, and easily fits onto a car seat. Disassembled (2 minutes without tools), it’s about the size of a shoebox.
Forearm Crutches: NO – While forearm crutches are better than knee scooters, they are still awkwardly long for transportation and handling.
Will this device enable me to continue my daily activities?
iWALK2.0: YES – You won’t be running any marathons, but iWALK2.0 lets you do just about everything you used to do in your daily routine.
Forearm Crutches: NO – Forearm crutches are extremely limiting and you will need assistance for most common daily activities.
Will this device reduce atrophy in my injured leg?
iWALK2.0: YES – All of the muscles of your upper leg are used like normal when walking on the iWALK2.0, so muscle atrophy is significantly reduced.
Forearm Crutches: NO – Your injured limb is basically hanging, unused. Muscle atrophy begins immediately and continues throughout your rehabilitation period.
Does this device increase patient compliance?
iWALK2.0: YES – Because you can do all your daily tasks on the iWALK2.0, there’s no need to be non-compliant.
Forearm Crutches: NO – Forearm crutches have significant limitations which leaves users little option but to “cheat” (non-compliance).
Now that you’ve compared, the clear winner is iWALK2.0. Hands free, pain free, functional mobility is yours, so using forearm crutches for a lower leg injury just doesn’t make sense.