Can I Use the iWALK2.0?

If you’re like most people, the answer is YES! iWALK2.0 is simple – it recruits the upper leg for stability and balance, so iWALKing is easy and intuitive. In short, if you can walk, then you can iWALK.

Before your injury, could you walk unassisted? Could you go up and down stairs without requiring the handrail for balance or support? If yes, then you are totally capable of using the iWALK2.0.

Can I use it a hands free crutch?


iWALK2.0 is the best crutch alternative for almost everyone – including YOU!


Best crutch alternative


How can I determine if I’m a good candidate for using the iWALk2.0?

While the iWALK2.0 hands free crutch works for most people, it isn’t for everyone. Before you decide to use the iWALK2.0, carefully review the information below to determine if the iWALK2.0 is right for you and suitable for your injury.


How you can use your iWalkFree crutch

You CAN use iWALK2.0 if:

iWalkFree Compliance


  • You commit to following our instructions for Fitting and Use BEFORE your first use
  • You’re willing to spend at least 5-20 minutes to let your body learn and adapt to using the iWALK2.0

Your pre-injury ability

Pre-injury Ability

  • You have average strength and balance
  • Pre-injury, you could walk normally without a limp, shuffle, etc.
  • Pre-injury, you could go up or down stairs without requiring a handrail for balance or support.



  • You are between 4’10” (147cm) and 6’6” (198cm) see chart for specific leg length limits.
  • You weigh 275 pounds (125kg) or less.
  • Maximum thigh circumference (at top of leg) is 28” (71cm) or less.

Your pre-injury ability

Other Requirements

  • Your injury is to one leg only.
  • Your injury is below the knee.
  • You can bend your injured leg 90 degrees at the knee (casts and boots are OK)
  • You have full functionality in your uninjured leg.



Reasons you cannot use an iWalkFREE

You CANNOT use iWALK2.0 if:



  • You plan on trying the iWALK2.0 on your own, without following our FITTING and USE instructions first. HINT – we’ve made it easy for you – so follow our instructions and don’t go it alone.

Pre-injury ability

Pre-injury Ability

  • You’re challenged by normal activities like walking, climbing stairs, etc.
  • You cannot walk without an assistive device
  • You lose your balance
  • You must use the handrail to go up or down stairs
  • You don’t have full use of your uninjured leg



  • You weigh over 275 pounds (125 kg) or are significantly overweight.
  • Your upper thigh circumference (at the top of your leg) is more than 28” (71cm).

Pre-injury ability

Other Requirements

  • You cannot bend your injured leg 90 degrees at the knee.



Common lower leg injuries

iWALK2.0 works for these common lower leg injuries

Foot fracture, sprained ankle, broken ankle, Achilles tendon rupture, Achilles tendon injuries, bunions, tiba fracture, fibula fracture, Jones fracture, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures (lower leg), below knee amputation, foot and ankle dislocations, foot ulcers, calf muscle tear, calf muscle strain, gastrocnemius tear, almost any lower leg injury is indicated for use with iWALK2.0.


iWALK2.0 does NOT work for these leg injuries

Any injury to the knee or above. So common conditions like ACL tears, MCL tears, patella conditions, other knee injuries, hamstring tears and strains, groin injuries, piriformis injuries, IT band issues, illiopsoas (hip flexor) conditions, diabetic ulcers where proprioception issues adversely affect balance or any other knee or above upper leg injury.

Incompatable leg injuries


Age limits

Age Limits

We’ve learned that as we age mobility capabilities vary greatly from individual to individual, so assigning age limits is too arbitrary. So instead of AGE LIMITS, we’ve found that ABILITY LIMITS work much better. So as long as you keep your expectations reasonable, and follow our ability guidelines, then age isn’t a governing factor in whether you can use the iWALK2.0.

ABILITY GUIDELINES- if you could walk with normal gait, unassisted prior to your injury, then you’re a good candidate for the iWALK2.0. Further, if you could go up or down stairs without requiring a handrail for balance or support, then you certainly have the physical ability to succeed on iWALK2.0.



Diabetic issues


Diabetic foot ulcers are often accompanied by Neuropathy, or damage to the peripheral nerves of the foot or feet. This can cause numbness and reduced proprioception, making basic balance difficult. If you have difficulty balancing on your non-affected limb, then you probably will not have success with the iWALk2.0. To find out, try this – If, in addition to the qualifications listed above, you can stand unassisted on only your unaffected foot for 30 seconds, without assistance, then you’re likely capable of using the iWALK2.0. But because of the special circumstances surrounding diabetic induced Neuropathy, we recommend that you check with your physician or therapist prior to using the iWALK2.0. If your diabetic condition resulted in lower leg amputation, see the additional guidelines below.




iWALK2.0 is becoming increasingly popular as a daily living aid and a transitory / training device for new below knee amputees. The only special requirements for below knee amputees are that you have a minimum of 4” (10cm) of residual limb and you can tolerate weight on your existing shin. Above knee amputees cannot use the iWALK2.0 without a prosthetic assistive device.

New amputees – iWALK2.0 is used after amputation instead of crutches or a wheelchair. It allows you to maintain muscle strength and train in the use of a prosthetic leg prior to your permanent prosthetic. It also allows you to maintain your lifestyle when you cannot tolerate your prosthetic or it’s being repaired or resized.

Existing amputees – iWALK2.0 excels at providing hands free mobility for those times you don’t want to use your prosthetic leg. You can walk in comfort and stability. You can do many things where you don’t want to expose your expensive permanent prosthetic to water or contaminants. Donning and doffing is faster than for non-amputees because you don’t need to unbuckle the lower straps as your foot will not interfere with slipping directly into the crutch.



Leg Length Capacities– Minimum / Maximum

Leg length capacities


iWALK2.0 can give you back the mobility you lost due to your injury. What it can’t do is give you something that you didn’t already have, so if you couldn’t walk normally pre-injury, then iWALK2.0 probably isn’t going to work for you.

So if you’ve read all of the qualifications and you’ve determined you’re a good candidate, the next crucial step is to follow our instructions for Fitting and First Use. Do this, and you’ll be iWALKing with safety and comfort in no time.




Questions or concerns

Still have questions or concerns?

We’re here to help. Check our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.



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