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Can I Use the iWALK2.0?

For most people, the answer is YES! iWALK2.0 is easy and intuitive. In short, if you can walk, then you can iWALK. iWALK2.0 works for most people, but not everyone.

So here’s a quick test: Before your injury, could you walk without need for any mobility aid? Could you go up and down stairs without requiring the handrail for balance or support?

If yes, then awesome! You have the physical ability to use the iWALK2.0. Everything else you need is listed below, so scroll down and read the entire listing.

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

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.

METHOD 1 (recommended)

Take our online quiz to determine if iWALK2.0 will work for you.

METHOD 2

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Basic Physical Requirements:

Regardless of age, if you can pass these two physical ability tests, you should be capable of using the iWALK2.0.

 If you cannot do these things, then iWALK probably will not work for you.

 If you can do these two things, continue and read the rest of this page.

Stair Test

Before your injury, could you fluidly walk up and down stairs at a normal pace, without using a hand rail?

Balance Test

Can you balance on one foot for a full 30 seconds?

You CAN use iWALK2.0 if:

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

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.

Capacity

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.

You CANNOT use iWALK2.0 if:

Capacity

  • You weigh over 275 pounds (125 kg) or are significantly overweight. Why does this matters?
  • Your upper thigh circumference (at the top of your leg) is more than 28” (71cm).
  • You do not fall within the sizing guidelines.

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

Compliance

  • 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.

Other Requirements

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

iWALK2.0 works for these common lower leg injuries

Foot fracture, sprained ankle, broken ankle, Achilles tendon rupture, Achilles tendon injuries, bunions, tibia 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 is also a great way to keep your foot elevated after surgery or significant injury while still having mobility.

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, dislocations, and 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 will all require another form of crutches or mobility aid.

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Age Limits

If you’re over 60, pay careful attention – iWALK2.0 might not be for you.   The iWALK2.0 has been used successfully by people in their 70’s and beyond, but we’ve also seen people in their early 60’s who couldn’t adapt.  What we’ve learned is that as we age mobility capabilities vary greatly from individual to individual, so it’s difficult to put precise age limits on who can use the iWALK2.0.   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 alone 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 likely a good candidate for the iWALK2.0. Further, if you could go up or down stairs quickly, without requiring a handrail for balance or support, then you have the physical ability to succeed on iWALK2.0.

Go to the top of this page and review ALL of the requirements.  If you meet them all, then you can be confident in using your iWALK2.0.  If not, you should choose a different mobility device.

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Plus Size

If you’re tall or short, underweight or overweight, green or blue, we’re not judging you. Let’s get that out of the way.

Body mass index plays an important part in how the crutch functions. This is because to the extent possible, you want the iWALK to become an integral part of your leg. This makes the iWALK behave as though it’s an extension of your actual human leg, which makes walking more natural and intuitive.

The iWALK recruits your upper thigh to stabilize the crutch. The more solid your upper thigh, the less unintentional movement of the crutch. We know that not everyone is a lean, elite athlete, and you don’t need to be. But as body mass increases beyond a certain point, it introduces more “compressible” flesh in the upper thigh area, which inhibits stability of the crutch.

In addition, larger thigh sizes reduce the adjustment range available for the vertical alignment of the crutch. Improper vertical alignment can reduce stability and efficiency of the crutch. The video below shows you why:

These are clinical, mechanical limitations of a one-size-fits-all product. Your safety and satisfaction are our first concerns, so if you’re plus size, it’s essential that you understand the limitations of the iWALK before you self-determine if it’s right for you.

The chart below gives general guidelines for height / maximum weight. Please understand that this chart is based upon statistical averages for body mass index among the adult population and is only a starting point in determining if your body mass will complicate or inhibit you from adapting to the iWALK crutch.

If you exceed the maximum for the chart above and are still interested, we strongly recommend you take our online quiz which covers all the factors that are important for self-determining if the iWALK is right for you.

For more sizing information, click here.

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Diabetics

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 a lower leg amputation, see the additional guidelines below.

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Amputees

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.

See more information regarding how iWALK2.0 is changing mobility for below knee amputees by clicking here.
To see testimonials from below knee amputees already using iWALK2.0, click here.

Will the iWALK2.0 fit you? Find out by seeing our sizing information located here.

Summary

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.

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