11 Apr Choosing the Right Mobility Device for Lower Leg Injuries- Crutches, Knee Scooters, and IWALK2.0
Choosing the Right Mobility Device for Lower Leg Injuries- Crutches, Knee Scooters, and IWALK2.0
When choosing the right mobility device, we know there are many factors to consider in order to find the best fit for your lifestyle and your specific lower leg injury. Some of the most common injuries include; sprained ankles, foot fractures, and Achilles tendon ruptures, but there are many other lower leg injuries that can result in a non-weight bearing recommendation. In this article we will tell you about three mobility device options for below the knee injuries. First we will tell you about traditional underarm crutches, followed by knee scooters, and then we will tell you about the best option for non-weight bearing lower leg injuries; the iWALK2.0 hands-free and pain-free crutch.
Crutches: The Most Hated Mobility Device You Will Ever Use
When you are diagnosed with a lower leg injury followed by your doctor’s orders to be non-weight bearing, chances are the first mobility device that most people think of are standard underarm crutches. Keep in mind that just because crutches are commonly suggested, it does not mean that they are necessarily the best option for you. If you have an active lifestyle or need to get back to work quickly, crutches will present many challenges that prevent you from returning to your normal activities that you may not have considered.
First of all, keep in mind that crutches require both of your hands to operate, so even the smallest tasks become insurmountable difficulties. Carrying a mug of hot coffee, walking up your front steps, or navigating the complexities of showering are just a few of the challenges you may find yourself faced with. Along with requiring the use of both hands, crutches can also cause considerable pain in your hands, wrists, arms and shoulders due to the fact that your hands support your entire weight. If you have ever had the misfortune of using crutches, I am sure you can attest to this description of crutches being true.
Something else to keep in mind when using crutches is that they require you to hold your injured leg up with your own upper leg strength. This can lead to ‘cheating’, or walking on your injury too soon, and the dangers of re-injury. The final word on crutches is that YES, though challenging, with dedication and practice,they WILL work for lower leg injuries, but there may be a better option for you. Let’s explore knee scooters next before we introduce you to the benefits of the iWALK2.0.
Knee Scooters: A Leg Up, but Still Cumbersome
Knee scooters, or knee walkers are another alternative when you have a non-weight bearing condition. While they do have a few benefits when compared to painful crutches, they still present their own, unique set of challenges. Knee scooters generally have four wheels; handle bars with handbrakes, and a padded platform to rest your injured leg on. The two best things about knee scooters is that they are pain-free and they offer the platform which keeps your injury elevated. Unfortunately, this is where the benefits end and the challenges begin.
The primary limitation of the knee scooter is that it must be used on level ground at all times. Even the smallest bumps can create tremendous obstacles, and steps or stairs are simply impossible. Many of the other problems experienced with the knee scooter are due to its awkward size and weight. It is difficult to transport, and if you do happen to have a way to transport the ungainly device, you may have to ‘cheat’, or walk on your injured leg once the knee scooter is safely stored in your vehicle. The top-heavy nature of the knee scooter makes it inherently unsteady, especially when turning towards your injured side, and the large turning radius makes it additionally difficult to turn in tight spaces. This makes the temptation to cheat when using a knee scooter that much greater.
In addition to these challenges, the fact that you must use both hands to operate the knee scooter creates similar problems to crutches. Carrying a glass of water or a child while operating a knee scooter is virtually impossible. As you can see, there are a few benefits to knee scooters, but when presented with the limitations; its ungainly size, inability to use it on uneven ground, the fact that it is still not hands-free, it becomes a less than ideal choice.
There’s a third option, the iWALK2.0. Continue reading to learn about how the benefits of this pain-free and hands-free crutch stack up against the competition.
iWALK2.0: The Best Mobility Device for Lower Leg Injuries
The iWALK2.0 is non-weight bearing like crutches, and like knee scooters, it is both pain-free and offers partial elevation of your injury. In addition, it has many other benefits that make it the best choice on the market today for lower leg injuries. Similar to knee scooters, the iWALK2.0 has a platform that you kneel on, but when the straps are tightened properly, it becomes an actual extension of your own leg, functioning much as your natural leg would. This, in combination with it being hands-free, allows you to return to your day-to-day routine in no time. Doing simple household chores, and caring for yourself and loved ones are once again possible with the iWALK2.0, but the benefits don’t end there!
Since the lightweight iWALK2.0 is used like your own leg, you can go up and down stairs, walk on uneven terrain, and navigate small spaces with ease. You can even use it in the shower. The iWALK2.0 also allows you to return to your exercise routine. Its streamlined size makes it comfortable to use at the gym, and its functionality let you return to walks, hikes, shopping, or whatever activity you prefer. The iWALK2.0 gives you back the mobility you lost, and therefore helps you regain your independence while your injury recovers.
Speaking of recovery, unlike crutches or knee scooters, the iWALK2.0 uses the muscles in both of your legs, so muscle atrophy may be reduced during this period. This is significant because muscle atrophy occurs at the rate of 1.5 to 2 percent per day! Also, increased activity, partial elevation of the lower limb, and use of the leg muscles all increase blood flow, which is known to decrease recovery time.
All of these features and benefits of the iWALK2.0 contribute to what we consider the greatest gift of all; improved overall emotional well-being through the freedom of mobility. But you don’t have to take our word for it; listen to the many inspirational testimonials from our satisfied customers from all over the world. We know you will find that when it comes to hands-free, pain-free, functional mobility, there is no comparison – the iWALK2.0 outperforms crutches, and knee scooters, hands down. And hands free!