Testimonials for 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 customers. They used crutches. Then they used iWALK2.0. Here’s what they have to say:
Use crutches. Then use the iWALKFREE. Our customers did, and here’s what they have to say:
“I want other surgeons to know about it”
Dr. William “Clark” Jernigan is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon from Greenville, SC. with 29 years of experience.
“I’m a 58 year old orthopedic surgeon. I recently sustained a plafond fracture which required surgery. I got your device today and after a very few minutes I love it! This device is going to enable me to operate again three weeks sooner than would have been the case without it.
Thank you to the inventor. I love engineering excellence and this product exudes excellence. I want other surgeons to know about it. If you want a testimonial I’ll be glad to give you one.”
Thanks, Clark…you just did!
Clark Jernigan, MD
“I highly recommend it and I very much appreciate having full use of both of my hands.”
I took the bus today and walked half a mile to the busstop and to to office from the bus! It’s great to have my hands available to carry stuff! Went to San Diego and did the whole trip with my iWALK through airports and hotels. Many people stopped me for comment and some even took pictures! I felt like a celebrity.
-Dr. JD Fitz
“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
“As a physician, I’ve never seen a device that does so much for the patient.”
“My husband recently suffered a lower leg injury and was facing a long non-weight bearing recovery using crutches and knee scooter. Life without the iWALK 2.0 was miserable; we were all in a really bad place. I wanted to cry every day. Then we found the iWALK 2.0 and everything changed. A lot of medical conditions lead to depression, I see this in my practice all the time, and we were gearing up towards this, then he put on his iWALK 2.0 and he was back to his old self, enjoying himself, contributing to the family and back to work. He’s able to do pretty much everything except run. It’s helped my life tremendously – I had to do everything, feed him, feed the kids, tend to his needs as he was physically incapable of doing it himself. It was miserable. I was looking at 12 weeks of this and thinking “I’m not going to survive this”. Day one on the iWALK 2.0 he was up doing normal things, helping me cook dinner, going upstairs, putting the kids to bed, things he used to do before. Now, he’s really happy, I’m happy, and everybody in our family is happy. You can hardly tell he’s hurt. It’s wonderful for the family. My husband is pretty athletic, so I wanted to try it myself to see how well it worked. It worked fine – I only had it on a couple of minutes and I went around the room, went up and down a few steps, walked on carpet, tile and concrete. It was easy. I’m most excited about the mood change I saw in him. The boys named him “grumpy” (and they were right). He went from looking like he was in prison with his wheelchair and crutches, to right back to being his old happy and content self with the iWALK 2.0. He’s back on the playing field with the kids. And we’re going camping this weekend – we’re going to stay in a tent! That would be impossible with crutches or a knee scooter. As a physician, I’ve never seen a device that does so much for the patient.”
Dr. Gretchen Lorenz, MD Piqua, Ohio
“I will never be able to describe in words how much the iWALK 2.0 has done for me and my family.”
Before the iWALK 2.0
“On Labor day 2013 I ruptured my Achilles Tendon. Two days later, Ihad a major surgical repair of my tendon. I was given 12 weeks non-weight bearing for my left leg. For the first 2.5 weeks I used crutches and a wheelchair to get around. Before my injury I was a very active person. I worked out 3-4 times a week, ran in a few Warrior Dashes, coached soccer, not to mention all of the daily household activities. Then I ruptured my Achilles and all of my activities came to a complete stop. I could get around on crutches and the wheelchair but that is it – I couldn’t do anything with my hands. It didn’t take long for the depression to start sinking in. My wife and two young boys could tell I was not the happy and energetic husband/father that I once was. I became more and more tired and irritable each day, but then I heard about the iWALK 2.0.”
While Using the iWALK 2.0
“The night I heard of the iWALK 2.0 I got online and Googled the contraption. When I found out it was only $149.00, it was a no-brainer to give it a try. A couple days later I was assembling the iWALK 2.0 and getting it to fit me just right. Within about 20 minutes I was taking my first steps in nearly 3 weeks. The freedom to walk hands-free and do so many simple things that I used to take for granted is something to cherish. My family could see the difference in my mental state starting that very first day. I was so happy to be able to walk and do things for myself and for my family. I was able to cook dinner that night, help with the cleanup, help get my kids ready for bed and then tuck them in for the first time since the injury. I am back to working out 3-4 times a week, coaching soccer and doing all my daily household activities. The Warrior Dashes will have to wait, but I can do almost anything I want except run. My recovery time will be dramatically less because of the mental and physical help the iWALK 2.0 has provided. I will never be able to describe in words how much the iWALK 2.0 has done for my family and I. It gave me back a life that had been taken away from me. I have been able to go to an NFL game and maneuver the stadium with ease, and I even took my family on a camping trip and set up camp, tent, chairs, food and fire. I can once again go outside and throw the ball with my boys, play laser tag with them and go on an evening walk with my wife, kids and dog as a whole family. The iWALK 2.0 turned a temporarily life changing injury into just a couple months of wearing a really cool looking peg leg. People ask me about it everywhere I go and I never get tired of explaining it to them how great the device works for me. The iWALK 2.0 won’t change your life, it lets you keep the one you always had! Thank you for developing this product.”
Piqua Family Practice Manager
“I should be selling these things!”
I can’t say enough good things about the iWALK2.0! After it arrived, it took only minutes before I was walking around the house and yard using the iWALK2.0. It’s going to make the next five weeks very doable. It’s the best $150.00 I’ve ever spent! I should be selling these things!
Missing 6-8 weeks of work was not an option, but if I was on crutches, there’s no way I could work in the Operating Room. Well, I made it through my first day at work just one week post-op from surgery on my broken ankle – something I could never do with crutches or a scooter.
I’ve been using the iWALK2.0 for three weeks now, and I love it! It’s given me the ability to continue the majority of my everyday routine without having to deal with crutches or the scooter, neither of which would give me the ability to do the things I can with the iWALK.
“Thanks for great product!”
I’m a very active athlete. I was rock climbing when I had my accident, shattering my foot. It was debilitating. Being mobile with my hands free is very important.
After 3 months on crutches, struggling to carry groceries, a cup of coffee or anything else, I ordered my iWALK2.0. I was cautious at first but felt comfortable within the first few steps. My epiphany came when I was grocery shopping and could walk behind the cart! I realized all the things I could now do again, so of course then I went golfing that afternoon.
Facing months of non-weight bearing shouldn’t keep anyone down….thanks for a great product!
-Jeff, Tehachapi, CA
“A knee scooter was not an option”
My daughter, Elise, is a college sophomore. She lives on the second floor of a dorm without an elevator. She campus is very hilly. So when she had ankle surgery we decided that a knee scooter was not an option and traditional crutches were not practical. When we saw a video of the iWALK we knew we had to give it a try.
She loved it. It was so much better than traditional crutches
Elise and Pamela
“The iWALK2.0 is just incredible… I love mine!”
I had a calcaneal osteotomy and tendon resection ten days ago and I am so grateful that I’d ordered an iWalk 2.0 prior. I’m non-weightbearing for six weeks and spending that long on crutches would have killed me. I live in a three story house and for the life of me I can’t manage going upstairs on crutches, I end up crawling up. With the iWalk2.0 I can go up and down stairs easily, carry anything I need to cook, do the washing and do my food shopping. I went for a walk in the park today, something that would not have been fun using crutches. The setup was easy using the instructions, adjustment was a breeze and learning to use it was a lot less scary and much quicker than I could imagine. I was up to pro level within minutes. It only took a couple of days of use to really dial in the exact settings for the straps and it is so easy to put on and off. I can even climb our incredibly steep driveway, slowly but I can do it. This would not be possible with crutches or a knee scooter and no one would want to push me up it in a wheelchair! The iWalk 2.0 is just incredible. I introduced the hospital physio to it so I’m hoping more people will find out about it in New Zealand. I love mine!
Nicola- 72- New Zealand
“What a brilliant invention!”
What a brilliant invention! Thanks iWALKFree….loving my iWALK2.0, only been wearing it 5 mins and I feel so safe on it! I had surgery on my ruptured Achilles last Thursday, soccer injury!!
This was the video my husband took the first time I tried it on outside.
– Rebecca Doherty, Stockport, UK
“The iWALK2.0 is amazing and I am so thankful for it”
The iWALK2.0 is amazing and I am so thankful for it. Before using it I came downstairs only once a day and then back up at night. I couldn’t do anything. My poor mother would come over every day and spend the entire day taking care of my kids, cooking, doing laundry, all the things I couldn’t do. My first day on the iWALK2.0 I was back to doing all these things. All the burden was taken off my mom and I was up and down the stairs several times per day constantly doing laundry and taking care of daily chores! I could cook, do dishes, go shopping and even walk the dog! You cannot do any of this with crutches and I was thrilled to stuff them back in the closet where they remain untouched!
I was surprised at how easy it was to put it on and walk immediately. I figured there would be a huge learning period, but there was none! I always felt stable and comfortable and never once worried about falling, as opposed to my crutches where I fell several times or that stupid knee scooter, on which I also fell twice. Thank God for the iWALK2.0 – it gave me back my life!
“It’s beyond easy!”
I absolutely loveeee my iWALK2.0! I didn’t think it was going to be that easy to use. It is beyond easy! I wanted to try it out before my surgery so I could get used to it, well, needless to say, there is no getting used to it. It felt so natural! All of the physical therapists, the resident doctors, nurses, everyone was taking pictures of my iWALK2.0 when therapy came to get me to start walking on it. They were all trying to figure out how the stairs were going to work for me so I said “Here, let me show you.” I walked up the stairs with it and therapy laughed and said “Well, yeah, you passed your test! That thing is awesome!” Needless to say the iWALK2.0 needs to be advertised everywhere! Hospitals, Doctors’ offices, therapists… everyone is so amazed by it! Also, I walked out of the hospital with it on when they released me. I refused to let them push me in a wheelchair!
Before my injury, I lost 95 lbs by going to the gym 6 to 7 days a week and the reason the iWALK2.0 is so important to me is so I can stay active, go to the gym and pretty much keep up with my weight loss. My weight loss has become my life and the iWALK2.0 allows me to keep up with this lifestyle. My biggest concern was going to the gym and having to leave my wheelchair there every day. Well, now I don’t need to. It is a huge plus that the iWALK2.0 is so comfortable! I will be non-weight bearing for 3 months. This is a major life saver!
I work as a stagehand, it is a highly physical job. I had an accident one night and broke my foot. I ended up in a cast and on crutches. It didn’t take long to figure out that I not only lost my foot, but both hands as well. I have a good deal of upper body strength but the crutches took a toll on my arms, chest and hands. Just making a cup of coffee and getting it to the table was an ordeal. Cooking was impossible and takeout food became the norm. I found the iWalk 2.0 while researching other unsatisfying options. I watched a few videos, read a few testimonials and ordered one in less than an hour of discovering it. Do you see all the awards it has won?
I am very short, 4’8″, and I knew I would have to adapt the iWalk to fit my stature. Customer Service was a big help. All I used was a hacksaw a drill and a pair of needle nose pliers. The iWalk is a dream. I can walk around, I don’t need help carrying things, and I can finally clean out my car! All the things that were too frustrating to attempt are now much easier to accomplish. I was walking right away and it just gets easier. Don’t waste a single day on those archaic crutches. Read the testimonials and watch the videos. How can you resist the option of freedom and independence?
It works so great! Thank you, thank you! This rocks!
Sincerely, and with both hands,
“The iWALK gave me back my independence…and created a local sensation”
My only regret about the iWalk Free is that I didn’t discover its existence earlier! I broke my left ankle in two places and required surgery, after which I was not allowed to put weight on the ankle for six weeks. I spent five of those weeks on regular crutches, dependent on others for simple things like making an omelette or carrying a cup of coffee from the kitchen to the couch. I watched sadly as my upper leg muscles, as well as my lower ones, withered away from lack of use. At the same time, my “good” right leg’s knee was developing all kinds of aches and pains from bearing all my weight, especially going up and down stairs. By the end of the fifth week, the right knee was in agony and my shoulders and back were starting to hurt from bearing the weight in the crutches.
The day I found out about the iWalk I discovered a seller in my area and arranged to get one. It only took about ten minutes to adjust it to my height and to learn to walk with it. Another ten minutes later, I had mastered going up and coming down the stairs – so much easier than with crutches! The following day I was feeling a bit of an ache in my left upper leg – it was the quad and hamstring muscles coming back to life after weeks of disuse. I was glad that the iWalk allowed me to start to work these muscles again. Even though I couldn’t bear weight on the ankle, with the iWalk, I could bear weight in the upper leg and hip again. This took a lot of the pressure off the right leg and knee as well, making stairs in particular a lot easier to manage.
Here is a picture of me celebrating my new ability to use my arms with the iWalk!
Because my driving foot was not affected, I was able to drive throughout my recovery, and once I got the hang of quickly clipping and unclipping the iWalk, it was a cinch to remove it once I got in the car and put it back on when I reached my destination. One day I wore it to my children’s school and gathered a crowd of youngsters around me wanting to know about my “pirate leg.” I was the centre of attention.
This happened again just a day later when I wore the iWalk to my 6-week follow-up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon. At the hospital several envious pairs of eyes were on me as I skipped the line waiting for wheelchairs at the entrance (there was a shortage) and iWalked it to the orthopedic clinic. Once there, everyone who had a crutch with them was staring at me. I fielded several questions about the iWalk, including how it works and where to buy it. Then I started chatting with a woman who had been hit by a truck – in addition to her broken ankle, she had bruises on her face and had suffered a concussion! I explained to her how the iWalk had made stairs so much easier for me. As we waited, she and her husband Googled iWalk and saw all the amazing videos that show how easy it is to use. I told them that if my doctor gave me the go-ahead to start putting weight on my ankle again, I would sell my iWalk to them. Shortly after that, the doctor did tell me to start walking on my ankle again, and my long rehab began. I was a bit sad to say goodbye to my trusted friend the iWalk, but I knew I had to start putting one foot in front of the other again. And I was glad to see that it would go on to help someone else.
“Only with the iWALK 2.0 can I continue to do the things that are important to me.”
“After ordering the iWALK2.0, I could not wait for it to be delivered. I had never been on crutches before, and didn’t realize what a great drag they were on life. In addition, with our split-level house, I had three sets of stairs to climb, and I was unwilling to climb and descend them on crutches. Going up and down those stairs on my left knee and two hands got pretty old, pretty fast. (I had ruptured the Achilles tendon in my left leg.) I found it relatively easy to assemble using the instructions in the box alone, even though I was aware of a video on the website. I quickly discovered that it is important to have the thigh strap as high as possible, to increase the firmness of the support. Once I did that, tightened up the three straps, and adjusted the platform height according to the instructions, I was on my way. I was a little shaky at first…this was a completely new balancing experience. I used my two walking sticks to balance myself, and that gave me the selfconfidence I needed to adapt to this new method of mobility. After a few minutes, I didn’t need the sticks anymore in the house. I found the stairs relatively easy to climb, once I got the rhythm going. I found it easier to descend going backwards…the protrusion of my cast meant that I would have to rotate my body quite a bit. ..much easier just to go backwards. We live on a rural property, which is anything but flat. I found that I could easily go up or down slight grades without the use of walking sticks, but when walking along the side of a hill, especially one that was sloping away from my good foot, I needed the use of the walking sticks to help keep me erect. Yesterday I used my leaf blower to clean up the deck and patio area. I little slower than before, but got the job done. Some things I enjoy doing are cooking, working in my workshop, and target shooting on my property. No way to do those things on crutches … only with the iWALK2.0 can I continue to do the things that are important to me. When I am out, many people ask about the iWALK. I had no idea that so many people had spend some time on crutches … they can immediately see the benefits, and wish that it was available when they were on crutches.”
John, age 72
“At first I was skeptical”
I have to admit, when I first learned about the iWALK crutch I was skeptical. It seemed like a good idea, but would it be difficult to learn? Was it safe? Would it hurt your knee or shin? I try to be open minded, but my profession dictates that I exercise caution, especially when it involves new technology.
When I tried the device for the first time, my eyes were opened immediately. When I was putting it on I was a little scared. I was told to not overthink it and just walk, and I did, and the learning curve was literally a matter of seconds, which was a big surprise. I found that none of my initial concerns were valid – the device was comfortable, stable and very easy to learn. I couldn’t believe how easy and intuitive it was.
Originally, I expected to fall at least once, but after only a few steps into it I felt totally stable. I couldn’t believe how stable it felt and I remember thinking, “Man, this is great!”
It felt like an extension of my own leg. It also made me want to be a pirate.
It took me about five steps before I was totally confident walking on it. While I was cognizant that I had a device strapped to my leg, and I was walking on a prosthetic, it felt oddly natural and intuitive. In a couple of minutes, I was fully proficient.
Crutches are hated by everyone, and with good reason. They hurt, they’re inconvenient and they deprive the user of a normal lifestyle because their hands and arms are unavailable for routine tasks of everyday living. Knee scooters, now becoming more popular, are similarly limiting. But the iWALK crutch eliminates the pain and brings back the use of your hands and arms, so the user can get back to their normal routine immediately. The physical and mental well-being benefits are obvious.
The iWALK crutch works. It’s simple, inexpensive and effective, and a massive improvement over conventional crutches. For any of my patients that suffer a lower leg injury, I recommend the iWALK instead of crutches or scooters.
For my patients, iWALK crutch gives them a more natural mobility solution, it mimics their natural movement more than crutches or scooters, and keeps their hands and arms free to do their day to day stuff. Anybody that tries this will prefer it.
For any physicians that are skeptical, I would say try it out for yourself, like I did, and you’ll be convinced just like I was.
Dr. Jim Sears
“It’s a life changer!”
I have been on the iWALK2.0 for six weeks and was on crutches for one week before that. My life on crutches was horrible, I have carpal tunnel so it was very painful. I had to crawl upstairs and downstairs and I couldn’t walk my kids to school. With the iWALK I was able to get out of my car, cross the street holding my kids hands and walk up to their classroom. The crutches were also painful under the arms where the iWALK is not uncomfortable. If anything, there was no discomfort.
If I saw someone walking around on crutches I would highly recommend the iWALK, it’s a life changer! Crutches are very painful and I don’t think anybody wants to be on crutches and with the iWALK you are able to take care of yourself. I am able to move around the house, I am able to get up and move around freely to take care of my six kids. My doctor proscribed it to me and he was very excited about it so I really wanted to jump on it and see what it was like. I wanted to walk around and be pain free because the crutches were very painful. It’s very stable. Thank you, whoever invented this!
– Lidia, Chino, CA
“After the iWALK2.0 I just went about my life”
I was on one crutch for one day, and it wasn’t helping. My Dr. told me that since it’s soft tissue so the fastest way to let it heal is by staying off of it. He estimated it would take about a week to heal. Seeing as it was the holidays, I knew that wasn’t possible. I remembered seeing a friend using an iWALK2.0, teaching exercise classes and doing everything so I contacted her and got the 411.
I got an iWALK the next day and used it for only two days and that’s all it took! Because I was able to run around and do all my holiday chores and events without putting weight on my foot, I healed in only two days – much faster than the week that my doctor expected.
On the day I was on crutches, I severely curtailed my activities because they hurt, and I couldn’t get enough weight off my foot, and it was just too much of a hassle to move around. After the iWALk2.0 I just went about my life. I did laundry, emptied the dishwasher, went up and down the stairs, got my own glass of water, basically my day to day, which I couldn’t do before the iWALK crutch.
I can’t believe it. Three days ago I couldn’t even walk – it hurt so bad. After a day on crutches, it wasn’t any better. Now, two days later, after being on the iWALK2.0, I’m totally healed, and can walk perfectly. My doctor is amazed.
“I was back to work just 3 days after my injury… that is incredible!”
As a foot and ankle surgeon I knew what I would be up against after I got injured. I knew it would be hard to get back to the business of seeing patients and with crutches, even worse, get back to the business of performing my surgeries if I couldn’t have my hands free. It only took a moment to realize what I would need to do to keep me active and in business and not compromise my recovery process. The next morning after my injury I saw two options that I knew of that still would not resolve my issues. One was regular crutches and the other was the knee scooter. I thought the knee scooter could help but it still wouldn’t keep my hands free to perform my regular activities and surgeries. I then remembered that I saw this device, the iWALK, at one of my seminars, so I decided to do some research on the internet and call iWALK. I didn’t realize it was so early in the morning on the west coast when I called, since I am on the east coast, so I left a message on the machine. Surprisingly, I received a called back within 5-10 minutes and iWALK was able to answer all of my questions.
I was so anxious to try the iWALK and get it to work for me mainly so I could stay hands free. The truth is I was a sceptic and maybe a little scared at first. Was it really going to be as easy to use? But I pushed myself to be committed to get myself very familiar with the product and I was surprised and impressed at how quick and easy it was to learn. I was back to work and effective at my practice just 3 days after the injury. I was expecting to be out 4-6 weeks; that is incredible!
The iWALK2.0 is a great device that gave me back my functionality even in a scenario that requires that I be sterile, steady, and confident moving around the operating room.
Dr. Andres M. Perez
“It’s the best alternative to crutches”
My son is 12 years old and was going to have foot reconstruction surgery, and he went online and found this device. I laughed at first then I started researching it. I thought to myself, “Why not?” He can’t use crutches due to a wrist fracture, and with a scooter there’s no way he could go up and down stairs, onto the bus, etc. I decided to purchase it and it was the best thing I have ever bought. My son also loves walking in it. It’s the best alternative to crutches!!
Goodbye crutches, hello life back for him. Thank you so very much.
“Travel with the iWALK is so easy!“
“Thanks to you iwalk I was able to not only travel from New Zealand to Australia for a family gathering… I was able to escort my mum, and push her wheel chair through the airport, carry bags and generally blow everyone away with my independence. Thanks!”
“You can’t hold a pulling dog on a leash with crutches”
“Thank you iWALK-Free for giving me back my life! Byron, my 4 year old Brittany, is a bundle of energy and is used to going for his daily walk. That all ended with crutches, and I don’t know who was more miserable – me or him. With the iWALK2.0 I took my dog for a 35 min walk and then a 25 min walk, did a bunch of errands and housework. The coolest part – I can cook and even deliver my plate to the table. Previously I had to have someone deliver it or I just stand and eat.”
Julie Maul – Huntington Beach, CA
“The iWALK2.0 is very effective, and is a big step forward in how you can help your patients.”
Dr. Elmo Agatep watched his patient with interest. Suffering from a broken foot, she left the clinic a week ago on conventional crutches. Now she was navigating his office with ease on the iWALK2.0. Dr. Agatep was understandably intrigued as he, like most medical professionals, had never seen this device before.
Dr. Agatep, MD has been practicing medicine in Southern California for the last ten years. He is board certified in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Family Medicine and General Practice. He has been in private practice and currently serves his patients in clinical practice in Seal Beach, California. He serves on staff at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital, Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and UCLA Medical Center among others. Dr. Agatep is also the Orthopedic for team USA womens’ volleyball team. Dr. Agatep recognized the benefits of the device, not only for his elite athletes, but for all of his patients. Eager to learn more, Dr. Agatep took a novel approach to discovery – he committed to wear the device for an entire day. Having lived with the device, he became a strong advocate. We recently spoke to Dr. Agatep about his experiences with iWALK2.0.
iWALKFree – How long have you been practicing as an orthopedic?
Dr. Agatep: I’ve been in practice for over 8 years. I’ve been in private practice, hospitals and clinics. I’m also a team doctor for the USA women’s volleyball team.
iWALK: How did you first learn about the iWALK2.0?
Dr. Agatep: It literally walked into my clinic. A patient of mine, who I treated using conventional crutches, returned to my clinic on the iWALK2.0. I was quite impressed on first sight, especially with her mobility and stability. The effectiveness of the device was evident immediately.
iWALK: Had you not seen it in use, what would your reaction be if your patient asked you about the device? Let’s say they brought a brochure, or showed you our website, or brought you the device but they were not using it?
Dr. Agatep: Had I not seen it being used, I would have had some reservations about stability or biomechanics. I would have also had concerns about balance and mobility – how mobile could the patient actually be on it. Initially, I would be concerned about the patient’s safety – Is it stable? Will they fall on it? But having seen it in use, it looks quite natural – unexpectedly so. My concerns were erased by watching her use it, and my next impression was, “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”
iWALK: What happened next?
Dr. Agatep: My next reaction was one of curiosity. I wanted to prove to myself that it would work for my patients. I figured it would become a big part of my practice, because it could treat my patient’s conditions while allowing them to maintain mobility and a normal lifestyle. So to prove that it worked, I used it myself – for two days.
Initially I adjusted it incorrectly, and it was fatiguing, but within an hour I readjusted it and the efficiency went up considerably. There was an artificial feeling to it, but it was not a problem, and I could move around freely. No, it doesn’t replace your limb, for sure, but it comes close to it.
iWALK: Compare your initial expectations with your actual experience.
Dr. Agatep: Initial expectation was that it would be uncomfortable, especially where your knee sits on it and where the straps contact your thigh, and that it would take a long time to get used to it. Even so, I still thought that it would be very effective for my patients that have off-loading injuries. So after trying it, I found that when fitted correctly, it was quite comfortable, and balance was intuitive. It was amazing, actually, how comfortable it was the longer I used it. It disappeared underneath me. It was surprising how fast I could resume normal activities when using it. I quickly adapted to day to day things without thinking about it.
iWALK: First off, thanks for making iWALK2.0 a regular part of your practice. What have you encountered in prescribing it to your patients?
Dr. Agatep: I found it to be very safe. Patients that I’ve prescribed it to have been successful. The follow up comments have all been favorable, and “Why hasn’t this been done before?” is their common response. The key thing that really makes people happy is the freedom they get from the device. Part of it is the freedom, they remain active, they are able to function, and also, it’s the amount of relief they get from the pain of the injured limb. They can focus with getting on with their daily living without focusing on the injured limb.
iWALK: What about clinical benefits?
Dr. Agatep: My observation is that muscle atrophy in patients is minimal and seems to be limited to the calf, as it’s not truly engaged. The quads and other muscles are forced to work, so atrophy is reduced. Post use of the device, they don’t need to do as much work to get back to where they were, that’s part of the beauty of the device.
iWALK: Now that you’re using iWALK2.0, how does it compare to before you prescribed it?
Dr. Agatep: In side by side comparison, I’ve seen a lot more atrophy of the quad in users of crutches and knee scooters because you’re not using them, unlike with the iWALK, where you are, constantly. Another benefit that you get with the iWALK crutch, and anecdotally that I get is from my patients is that their core muscles are engaged and have less atrophy. That’s another unexpected secondary benefit.
I definitely see a psychological benefit – less depression because the patients don’t feel so helpless. They can go to work and many still pursue their hobbies and even sports.
iWALK: The psychological benefits are that noticeable?
Dr. Agatep: It’s a novel device because it doesn’t have the stigma of crutches. People that see my patients using the iWALK2.0 get excited, unlike crutches, where their reaction is sympathy, so the pity component of seeing someone with crutches is gone. The negative social stigma of being disabled is replaced with a positive, excited reaction from onlookers. This makes the patient feel empowered, not disabled. It’s an empowering feeling that you’re not disabled. This is especially important for rehab, and we all know that the positive psychological condition and attitude of the patient is very important for rehab.
iWALK: What if we told you that you couldn’t use the iWALK2.0 in your practice anymore?
Dr. Agatep: I’d be mad! ..and quite disappointed. In the patients that I’ve used it with, as compared to others with whom I’ve used crutches or knee scooters, the iWALK crutch has made such a marked improvement in their life and resulted in shorter rehab periods. I’ve seen and experienced for myself how effective it is. It’s truly revolutionary, and has made a significant impact in my patients compliance and how quickly they heal.
iWALK: What would you like to say to your fellow physicians who read this?
Dr. Agatep: Medicine is not a stagnant discipline. You have to keep an open mind. That’s how you expand your practice. Had I not seen the iWALK in use, I would have been skeptical, as medicine has a history of trying novel therapies, not all of which are effective. The iWALK2.0 is very effective, and is a big step forward in how you can help your patients. In addition, they will be grateful to you for prescribing it.
Dr. Elmo Agatep
“I was able to cook Thanksgiving dinner, put up my Christmas decorations, and ride up and down the escalators at Macy’s while carrying my shopping bags last weekend, thanks to the iWALK2.0!”
“I’m 55 years old and fairly athletic for my age. I purchased the original iWALKFree after foot reconstruction surgery. I was able to go up and down the stairs in my home, as well as complete other activities of daily living requiring the use of both hands and arms during the 4-6 weeks of non-weight bearing on my right foot.I purchased the all new iWALK2.0 when I had the same surgery, this time on my left foot. I took it out of the box, put it together and started walking on it right away. I find the iWALK2.0 to be much lighter and the straps easier to operate. There’s also a handle at the top of the crutch that doubles as a cane if needed. I find I have more confidence with the iWALK2.0, in terms of getting in and out of it, so I am much more confident donning it in public. During what might have been a dull holiday weekend spent confined to my upstairs bedroom, I was able to cook Thanksgiving dinner, put up my Christmas decorations, and ride up and down the escalators at Macy’s while carrying my shopping bags last weekend, thanks to the iWALK2.0! I absolutely don’t know what I would have done without the use of the iWALK2.0! While a knee scooter is handy, it is simply not practical in a multi-level home. I recommend both of these products to anyone with a below-the-knee injury; however, I must admit I am partial to the iWALK2.0 for the ease of donning and securing the straps. These devices have given me precious freedom during two extremely confining post operative recovery periods. Thank you!”
“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.
“Buddy, it’s legit. . .the only way to get back to just a little bit of normal. It’s hands (or crutches) down, the reason I can get back to work…”
Drop the crutches and grab an iWALK (and a beer). Bet you can’t do this on crutches! It’s also great for more professional pursuits… like working in a hospital!
Having now used the iWALK 2.0, I would never consider using crutches again. Neither should you.”
“Before the iWALK2.0, I was encumbered with a walker, wheelchair and crutches. Living in my 3rd floor condo was a nightmare.”
Having had multiple injuries in the past, I had resigned myself to crutches, but the iWALK2.0 changed everything and gave me back my life. I regained almost full mobility. I was able to get out, run errands, go out with my friends, go for walks without any pain or inconvenience or any of the other things associated with crutches and walkers. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Having now used the iWALK2.0, I would never consider using crutches again. Neither should you. It was a lifesaver. It really was. Thank you iWALK2.0″
Joe White, 2013 Highland Games Judge
“With my iWALK2.0, I can be a functioning and able human being again, this is a happy day!!”
“Made my own coffee in my favourite cup, and off to see my gardens! Since receiving the iWALK2.0, I’ve watered my vegetable gardens, and I will even get back to milking! Gosh, it’s a wonderful thing! Thank you so much for the effort taken to get me the iWALK2.0! With my iWALK2.0, I can be a functioning and able human being again, this is a happy day!!”
Wendy, New Zealand
“I do not feel like I am limited by, or a victim of, my injury.”
“I recently purchased the iWALK 2.0 in preparation for ankle surgery. I have been on traditional crutches before and am actually a master at using them, but could not use them this time as I also have an ulnar bone injury. I tried forearm crutches but could not balance properly on them and found them nearly impossible to use. While searching out knee scooters online , I ran across information on the IWALK 2.0 and was instantly intrigued. I LOVE my iWALK 2.0 – it was very easy to assemble and took seconds to learn to use. I love having my hands free to go about my daily life, stairs are easy to navigate, there is no pressure or stress on my shoulders, arms, wrists or hands. There is also no added pressure or fatigue on my good leg and I feel more stable with my iWALK 2.0 then I ever have with traditional crutches. I do not feel like I am limited by, or a victim of, my injury. In the beginning I had difficulty fastening of the straps so I sent iWalk an email. A customer service representative contacted me and explained that I was fastening my iWalk2.0 incorrectly, and instructed me how to do it properly – and even followed up with me the next day to make sure it was going OK. Now that is the BEST customer service I have ever experienced! Now that I know the correct way to put on and take off my iWALK 2.0 getting in and out of it is a breeze that literally takes seconds- I was so excited the first day I knew how to do it properly I kept getting up, putting it on, walking around the house, taking it off, sitting down and then repeating – just because I could. With my iWALK 2.0 my recovery is easier, I can still go about my daily routine and I am not dependent on others to do things for me – I would NEVER use traditional crutches again! Thank you a truly wonderful product.”
“I’m 62… it took me about 5 minutes to get comfortable… I wish I had found it a little sooner!”
“The iWALK 2.0 is a wonderful thing! If you have a lower leg or foot injury & have normal balance you can get used to this crutch very easily. I broke my foot and ankle and was stuck not being able to do normal everyday things because of how restrictive crutches and knee walkers are. In fact, I had fallen three times with the crutches. With the iWALK 2.0 your hands are free and you are able to do routine things to help out your caregiver, and this allowed me to not feel so helpless. I’m 62, and after watching the online videos and getting the iWALK 2.0 assembled and adjusted, it took me about 5 minutes to get comfortable with the crutch. I wish I had found it a little sooner could have saved me a fall or two. Also, customer service is terrific, I had a minor problem and they were all over it. If you have this type of injury – you need this crutch!”
“It’s not about what you CAN’T do, it’s about what you CAN do!”
“First thing people say, ‘I’ve never seen that before, WOW!’ Yes it is new, like less than one month old new. How did I luck out? Fate I would say. A little good karma maybe. I honestly am so grateful to have this device instead of the alternatives. I was on crutches for less than 2 days and I could already feel that the quality of my life the next 3-4 weeks was going to be bad. The next 10 mins I walked around the house and practiced going up and down stairs. I was an expert. It is light. It is adjustable. It is easy to take on and off. It is comfortable. It is the best! Now 8 days in, I have battled sand and dirt and stadium stairs. Nothing holds me back from going where I need to get. Maybe I can’t go as fast as normal, but I can go! Its not about what your CANT DO, its about what you CAN DO!” To see Erin’s posts in full, check out her blog here.
“Two beautiful weeks walking cobblestone streets, parks, and going up and down stairs. The iWALK 2.0 saved the trip.”
“Two and a half weeks before my booked trip to the UK, I broke my ankle – a break severe enough that it required open reduction surgery. My stubbornness refused to cancel the trip, but after two weeks stuck on the couch and trying to manage with traditional crutches, I realized just how futile it was. To care for myself and 8 month old baby was impossible. A rush order of the iWalk 2.0 got it in my hands two days before our flight. A couple practice runs and we were off. Here we are in front of Blenheim Palace in the Cotswolds, England. Two beautiful weeks walking cobblestone streets, parks and going up and down countless flights of stairs. The iWalk 2.0 saved the trip.”
“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 Stephens, Amputee OT
“iWALK 2.0 lets me do life”
“What I really like about the hands free crutch is that I’m not held captive like with standard crutches. It’s especially easy to take on and off which is especially handy when getting in and out of the car. People always notice the iWALK 2.0, and strangers are always commenting that they wish that they had known about this when they were on crutches. I’ve even had a couple people offer to buy it from me when I’m done! The iWALK 2.0 – it lets me do life!”
Tim Chavez Costa Mesa, California
“He has no limitations now.”
Happy spouse (whose husband has regained his independence)
“I liked my iWALKFree, but I LOVE my iWALK2.0!”
“I’ve had to have two surgeries this year on my ankles. After the first surgery, I used the 1st generation iWALKFree crutch, which was OK, but I had to use a cane to help keep myself stabilized. After the second surgery, I purchased the 2nd generation iWALK2.0, which was a great deal easier to use. Definitely lighter, and it feels more comfortable. When I’m out in public with my iWALK2.0, I entertain people wherever I go. No one has seen anything like it before and all think (and I agree) it is much better than dealing with a kneeling walker (knee scooter) or regular crutches. I tell everyone that all I need is an eye patch and a parrot and I would look like a Pirate. Arrrgh!”
With 10-years of experience in hands free mobility, we know what we are doing. Check out what customers thought of the original iWalk-Free below!
“My name is Isaac Deuling and I’m a firm believer in the amazing iWalk.”
“My name is Isaac Deuling and I’m a firm believer in the amazing iWalk. Recently, I broke my left talus bone in my ankle and tore my left AC in my shoulder. With these two injuries being on the same side of my body, crutches were definitely out of the question. After I discovered iWalk, my recovery process changed dramatically! I no longer had to sit on the couch watching endless hours of television or battle with the inclination to stay in bed till noon. iWalk-Free has freed me from uncomfortable crutches and enabled me to walk and carry something simultaneously, hold hands with my girlfriend, continue my hobby of fixing things, help with housework and so many other functions I took for granted when life was “normal”. iWalk-Free has made my injured life more therapeutic by enabling the use of my upper leg muscles while strapped in, thus making my post physio recovery faster. Thank you so much for your wonderful invention.”
“I have been using the iWalk-Free for 3 weeks now, and it is a bloody Godsend.”
“I have been using the iWalk-Free for 3 weeks now, and it is a bloody Godsend. Interior painting, laying flooring, moving furniture, and going up and down two flights of stairs on a regular basis are all possible. . . and it’s good for at least 3 pirate jokes per day.”
“This device is one of the most fantastic, original, insightful and important medical innovations of recent years”
“As a General Surgeon, I spend my working hours standing at an operating table, impossible with crutches…and have been on my I-walk-free …for nearly six months. This device is one of the most fantastic, original, insightful and important medical innovations of recent years and has allowed me to maintain my job, my family, and my sanity despite a nasty injury.”
Richard W. Shallman MD. WA.
“Within a half hour of receiving my iWalk-Free I went from helpless to helpful”
“After being on crutches for only 4 days I was at my whits end. My job was nearly impossible, and I was zero help around the house. Within a half hour of receiving my iWalk-Free I went from helpless to helpful. With my iWalk-Free I was able to operate my business, blow leaves, and cut down trees around my house. Not to mention laundry, dishes, and cleaning!”
Health B. — Ohio
“Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”
“Duh – why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Once I saw the iwalkfree, I understood immediately it’s huge advantage over crutches. Why would anyone ever think about using crutches again?”
Jim Davis – Austin, Texas
“iWalk-Free crutch has been a life saver during my recovery”
“iWalk-Free crutch has been a life saver during my recovery from a ruptured Achilles’ Tendon. Instead of being helpless and feeling like a burden, I can now perform day-to-day tasks with no issues. Cooking, cleaning, and playing with/carrying my 2 year old daughter all became possible once again. The iWalk-Free even gives me great traction through this rigid Canadian Winter season, and I can still shovel snow from my driveway. This is a great product and I am very thankful for it. The iWalk Customer Service team has been very helpful and accommodating to me. I’ll definitely be recommending this product to friends, family, and even strangers crutching around. THANK YOU iWalk-Free!!”
Jon L – Calgary, Alberta
“This is an absolutely astounding device”
“This is an absolutely astounding device. I don’t know why (more) doctors aren’t aware of it. My surgeon congratulated me for finding the iWalk-Free, and has since recommended it to many patients.Three years ago I suffered a complete rupture of my left Achilles tendon while playing volleyball. My business is a hands-on job of maintaining tropical plants in office spaces and executive buildings.The requirement of carrying up to four gallons of water (much of the time up and down stairs) could not even be attempted while using crutches. My iWalk crutch gave me the freedom to continue working while I healed from my injury. There is simply no other way I could have continued my business – and my income. Thank you for this wonderful product.”
Hadyn Jule, Nashville, Tennessee
“After the hurricane there was such a mess to clean up and without my iWalk I would have been confined to the couch”
“I live in New Jersey and we experienced about 5 feet of water in our neighborhood from Hurricane Sandy. After the hurricane there was such a mess to clean up and without my iWalk I would have been confined to the couch. I was three and a half weeks post surgery when Sandy hit. I was able to go outside and help clean the mess that she left. I can’t say enough about how your product help me mentally as well as physically during the whole ordeal. Even without the hurricane, I felt I had my life as close to normal as I could and I think it really helped me heal. Thank you again for all your help. I am in a walking boot now, but when I’ve been on my foot too much I can just grab my I walk free and I’m off and running.”
Jo Ann Schon, New Jersey
“I cannot speak highly enough of this amazing device”
“May I start with a disclaimer that I do not regularly write letters of praise to companies nor do I make recommendations lightly. Your product is an exception. I have used it and I have recommended it to many as well as loaned my Iwalk-free crutch out to about half a dozen very active friends that have also praised the device. My story goes as follows. In 2006 I was finishing up the last few weeks of training to be a Pararescueman in the air force, a pipeline of over two years. During a fastroping iteration I had a bad landing. Falling to my side I knew something was not right. My fellow trainees, all medically trained as well, quickly came to my aid. Once at the hospital, my fears were confirmed and I had broken my ankle. Specifically it was a transverse and spiraling fracture of the distal fibula. Surgery went well, and I got away with only a plate and five screws. On the down side, I was out of training for six months, with two weeks in a cast then over a month more non-weight bearing. As I lay in my bed frustrated to no end, my mind spun. I was no stranger to crutches having broken my femur years earlier in a mountain biking accident. I knew what I was in for and did not look forward to it. I knew the challenges of day to day living. Like the simple questions of what to do if when pour a bowl of cereal and then need to take it from the kitchen counter to the dinner table? As simple act like that becomes a frustrating and sometimes messy task when one does not have use of their arms. Then my mind fell back to an instructor I had during paramedic school. He had a strange crutch like device strapped to his leg. A crutch that did not depend on arms. I tracked him down and got the details for the device. It was an Iwalk-free. A week later Thanks to this device I was standing and walking and using my hands. Unable to train I was released on convalescent leave. My girlfriend and I loaded up a truck and drove back home to Washington. By that point I was very comfortable with my crutch. Realizing that I had months of healing on my hands before I could resume training I decided to build my house. Soon I found myself picking up lumber and building materials. I could dig with a shovel and even climb a ladder (carefully.) At one point I with just a friend and me on the Iwalk free, we were able to a carry a 400 pound timer to the site. Thanks to the Iwalk free crutch my time was far from wasted. Moreover the rest of my body stayed active. I was not restricted to stationary physical therapy. I was using my body and staying strong. By the time I was able to bear weight, the only atrophy to occur was that in my left lower leg. The following winter a friend of mine who was suffering from chronic ankle pain had surgery to alleviate some of the discomfort. Having been so impressed by the device I loaned it to her. Next thing I knew she was reporting back that she regularly wore it to shovel snow from the driveway and she was so comfortable in it she had even used it to go cross country skiing. From her it moved on to another friend who broke his ankle trying to free a buried snowmobile. Then to another friend who injured her ankle parachuting, who then loaned it to her surgeon! The list goes on; this device is almost viral in how almost everyone to have worn it swears by it. My hat is off to whom ever came up with this idea. No doubt they were a person who understood the needs of an active person. I have recommended the Iwalk- free to people on the street that I see walking on crutches, and sitting in doctor’s offices. I cannot speak highly enough of this amazing device. Thank you,
“It made such a difference to me in my daily life”
“I was first exposed to the iWALK while waiting to board an airplane in Long Beach three days after my Achilles surgery. I was flying across country to attend my uncle’s funeral and was completely discouraged with my crutches and inability to carry my purse and carry-on bag. However, all that changed when I met a current iWalk user on that very same flight! He let me try the iWalk, and I couldn’t believe that I could immediately walk around the terminal with ease. No crutches! I flew to Boston and spent the next four days fighting with my crutches and wishing I had the iWALK with me. I obtained an iWalk as soon as I returned home, and it made such a difference to me in my daily life. I used it frequently around my house, for Christmas shopping in the mall, and working in my office. I was able to easily navigate around my kitchen to prepare meals for my family, organize and supervise my daughter’s 11th birthday party with 25 kids in our front yard, and walk around Cancun during our family reunion. (All hands free)”