iWALK Hands-Free Crutch vs Crutches

iWALK vs Crutches

Crutches suck! Even if you know how to properly use crutches, axillary, or “underarm” crutches not only do they rub your underarms raw, but they also hurt your hands, wrists and arms. Why are underarm crutches still the leading mobility device for lower leg injuries such as broken ankles, ankle sprains, and foot injuries, when they require so much upper body strength, are ineffective for walking, and severely limit your ability to accomplish simple day-to-day tasks? How do these crutches fit people that lack that capacity? Crutches are the most hated device that anyone will ever have the misfortune of using in their lifetime.

In contrast, the iWALK hands-free crutch comes without the side effects of underarm crutches. It’s a hands-free, pain-free crutch alternative that solves the problems of the hated, standard axillary crutches. In fact, it is the best crutch alternative available since it uses your leg to support your weight, not your hands and arms. The iWALK Crutch is a highly functional mobility device that gives you the freedom to return to your day-to-day activities unencumbered. Get ready to take care of your self, as well as your loved ones while your injuries heal without sore muscles from crutches. The iWALK Crutch is more than a crutch, it’s a temporary lower leg and is the BEST crutch for lower leg injuries! See our iWALK Crutch and Crutches Comparison chart and find out for yourself which crutch is better!

Will this device work for lower leg injuries?

iWALK Crutch: YES – iWALK Crutch is indicated for virtually all lower leg non-weight bearing injuries.

Underarm Crutches: YES – Crutches are indicated for almost all lower leg non-weight bearing injuries.

Will this device eliminate pain in my hands, arms, wrists or underarms?

iWALK Crutch: YES – Your hands and arms are completely free, just like normal, so it’s pain free.

Underarm Crutches: NO – Crutches hurt, and can be downright brutal on your hands, wrists, arms and underarms. Pain in the uninjured leg can also increase from the extra strain.

Will it keep my injury partially elevated?

iWALK Crutch: YES – Elevation of the injured area is known to speed healing, and iWALK Crutch provides partial elevation.

Underarm Crutches: NO – With crutches, your foot is at ground level – there’s no elevation benefits.

Is this device hands free?

iWALK Crutch: YES – iWALK Crutch is 100% hands free, so you can return to a normal, functional, independent lifestyle.

Underarm Crutches: NO – Your hands are fully involved in supporting your body weight.

Can you use this device on stairs?

iWALK Crutch: 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.

Underarm Crutches: NO – Your hands are fully involved in supporting your body weight.

Can you use this device on different terrain (grass, gravel, concrete, carpet, etc.)?

iWALK Crutch: YES – You can certainly adapt to different surfaces and terrain in confidence.

Underarm Crutches: YES – Provided that you have good strength and balance. Crutches on loose surfaces can be dangerous.

Can this device be used in tight spaces (kitchens, bathrooms, etc.)?

iWALK Crutch: YES – iWALK Crutch can go where you do. It’s simply a temporary lower leg – you can go where you want and do what you need.

Underarm 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?

iWALK Crutch: YES – iWALK Crutch 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.

Underarm Crutches: NO – While crutches are better than knee scooters, they are still awkwardly long for transportation and handling.

Does this device increase patient compliance?

iWALK Crutch: YES – Because you can do all your daily tasks on the iWALK Crutch, there’s no need to be non-compliant.

Underarm Crutches: NO – Common problems with crutches present significant limitations which can leave users with little option but to “cheat” (non-compliance).

Will this device reduce atrophy in my injured leg?

iWALK Crutch: YES – All of the muscles of your upper leg are used like normal when walking on the iWALK Crutch, so muscle atrophy is significantly reduced.

Underarm Crutches: NO – Your injured limb is basically hanging, unused. Muscle atrophy begins immediately and continues throughout your rehabilitation period.

Will this device enable me to continue my daily activities?

iWALK Crutch: YES – You won’t be running any marathons, but iWALK Crutch lets you do just about everything you used to do in your daily routine.

Underarm Crutches: NO – Underarm crutches hurt and are extremely limiting. You will need assistance for most common daily activities.

It’s No Contest – iWALK Crutch is Best!

Now that you’ve done the comparison to see which crutches are better, you can see why iWALK Crutch makes crutches obsolete. Hands free, pain free, functional mobility is now a reality. 

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Woman standing with hands up while wearing the iWALK hands-free iWALKFree crutch