“On July 19th; 8 screws & 4 hours later I was out of surgery, after a successful, ‘open rt ankle fusion’. On July 21st, I left the General Hospital in Ottawa without the aid of a wheel chair! My wife brought me my ‘iWALKFree’ crutch; & after I demonstrated the COMPLETE FREEDOM & SAFETY I had in using your crutch; they allowed me to leave wearing it!!! I am now at home enjoying the freedom of my recoverey period; thanks to you & your ‘iWALKFree’. Words can not express my gratitude.”
Being a London hotelier it was impossible for me to work after suffering a double break in my left leg, however the revelation came after my consultant mentioned the iWALKFree crutch. Wow! The difference it made to my life was nothing short of spectacular, allowing me to function almost fully as normal.
I have no hesitation in recommending this product !!!
Peter Baxter, Richmond
“I walked in the 2 mile walk during part of the Parkersburg, WV Half Marathon event this weekend. You should have seen the looks on the faces of people in the crowd. I didn’t get to see it, but people said they saw it on the 11 pm new last night. I was dead last and got smoked by an 86 year old on a cane. However, I was the first man across on one leg. I can’t believe how easy this thing is to use and how big a secret it is. No one in the town… has ever even heard of IWALKFree.”
“What a great invention! It makes life better to include golf in my life, even though I can put zero weight on my leg. If not for the iWALKFree, I would have been unable to get my hole in one. My scores are not much higher either, this round I shot a 79 and my regular handicap before the accident was a 6.”
“I crushed my leg a month ago when my horse fell on me, resulting in ‘tib/ fib’ fractures and ‘no weight bearing’ for (so far) five weeks. After three other stints on crutches before, the idea of a long crutch ‘season’ was beyond depressing. I saw a woman with a foot injury using a little scooter so I started looking for it online and came across i walk-free. I liked the idea of the hands-free crutch so much more than the scooter because it didn’t require any use of your hands to operate or stabilize it and of course, the stairs can be navigated easily. I ordered it and couldn’t WAIT to get it and did it deliver! I have a hobby farm with 10 horses and I am able to do all the chores (I couldn’t even get out of stall mucking) because I no longer have my “lame excuse!”
When I first got it, I used one crutch on the off side to help with balance and I still use the off side crutch when I go over uneven ground outside–but otherwise, once you get the hang of it, and the adjustment correct, it is so much easier and more comfortable than crutches. I wear it all day except to sit or drive and it does take some practice using the toilet. And people are always asking me to say ‘Arrrrr’ like a pirate when they see me coming. But it’s brilliant. Thank you!!!!”
Nancy Turner, Afton, MN
“Just a quick note to thank you for the iWalkFree. I had a very bad injury to my left foot and ankle: multiple 3rd/4th degree sprains, torn plantar fascia, etc. I was on crutches for 4 months before I stumbled onto the iWalkFree (just searching around online). It changed the entire experience of my injury. Of course, the main thing was that I could be mobile and use my hands at the same time. After four months on crutches, just being able to carry a glass of water from one room to another was a wonderful extravagance. I used the iWalkFree for another 6 months before I was able to walk again. I got very comfortable with it. I went hiking with it over lava beds in Hawaii. I learned to up and down stairs pretty quickly with it. I went dancing with it (and it was hilarious).
It really made a huge, positive difference in my healing process. Thanks very, very much.”
Hawkeye Parker, San Francisco, CA
“After 2.5 years of struggling to save a badly damaged leg, I elected to have the lower half of my right leg amputated. While I knew I would obtain a prosthetic leg, I already had well over 2 years of dealing with crutches and wasn’t particularly looking forward to using crutches on and off for the rest of my life. After searching the Internet, I located iWalk-free.com and was simply amazed at what I found! This product wouldn’t have changed my mind about the amputation, as I am extremely happy with my level of activity with my prosthetic, but I wish I had found the website years earlier. As I understand, these units were initial designed to help individuals with lower leg injuries (ankle, foot, etc) … but it is a God-send, in my opinion, for below-knee amputees!
When packing for any over-night trip, my ‘crutch’ is always right beside my luggage. When flying, I don’t trust the airlines not to lose it, so it is one of my carry-on pieces.
At six months post-op, I had the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip with my church. Every evening after taking off my prosthetic leg, I used the hands-free crutch to get to the shower, since I don’t have a ‘shower leg’. The facility we were in wasn’t handicap friendly, but with the crutch, I had no problem getting around without my prosthetic leg.
Last summer while on vacation, I wore it on the beach and into the water so I could go snorkeling with my daughter. I was able to wade out into the surf, take off the crutch and secure it to a nearby railing. With the sturdy construction of the crutch, all I had to do afterward was dunk it in the fresh-water rinsing tank to clean the salt-water and beach sand off and let it drip-dry. (Without the crutch, I wouldn’t have even attempted snorkeling, due to the prosthetic liner and socket system I use.)
When counseling new amputees, one of the first questions I am asked is “What all have you purchased to be able to cope as an amputee?”. My answer is always:
- A shower chair
- A bed rail (so that I don’t try to ‘stand up’ while still groggy and end up falling)
- Hands-free crutch – so that I can still have total mobility, even without my prosthetic leg
I share about the hands-free crutch as much as I am able, and I consider it a privilege to share my story on this website.”
“iWALKFree has enormous potential in the management and rehabilitation of traumatic lower extremity injuries.”
Dr. Hans Kreder MD, MPH, FRSC, (C)
“…and there was no pain. For me, the Walk-Free was the difference between working and not working.”
Katherine Mark ON.
“I use it every minute of the day and I seriously rely on it as if it was my leg. I would be lost without it.”
Daniel Lee Hoel WI.
“iWALKFree is an incredible idea for improving patient,s lifestyle…the [iWALK] would be of major benefit to the orthopaedic patient in the rehabilitative state.”
Allan Dalton R.T. Orthopaed (C)
“I would have missed 6 to 8 weeks of work without it…it works pretty good.
I can’t believe no one else has thought of this before.”
Jon Mahachek MN.
“…there will be a large group of patients…that have lower extremity injuries, particularly of the foot and ankle, who will benefit from use of this [iWALK].”
Stephen J. G. Snyder BSc, MD, FRCS(C)
“Your [iWALK] has changed my life…it is the only thing I use.”
Lian Zerafa ON.
“It really made a difference in Christy’s healing.”
Cindy and Christy Curtis, WA.
“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 [&] has allowed me to maintain my job, my family, and my sanity despite a nasty injury.”
Richard W. Shallman MD. WA.
“iWALKFree has allowed me to continue with virtually all my regular workouts. I’m convinced that it will get me back into the game sooner.”
Cody Ledbetter, QB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
“I would whole-heartedly recommend to anyone with a below-the-knee cast, who is confined to crutches, that they give the iWALKFree a road test. It will do just what it’s name implies-free up your day in inumerable, helpful ways.”
Professor John B. Ridpath York University
” iWALKFree …will greatly facilitate ambulation for individuals with non-weight bearing, below knee injuries. Our groundwork findings demonstrate both the safety of the [iWALK] as well as its broad applicability.”
Dion Maxwell, R.T.(Orthopaed)
“…thank you for inventing the iwalkfree. It’s a great design that returns much of my physical abilities (and emotional well being) during my recuperation.”
Bill Rennie P. Eng. AB.
“[iWALK] provides many benefits for the patient…early mobilization and help[ing] to decrease loss of both bone density and muscle strength.”
Janet Cleave H.B.Sc.,B.Sc.,P.T.
“This confirms that this [iWALK]…was used effectively…after a lower extremity injury.”
David J. G. Stephen B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.S. (C)
“The [iWALK] was well-accepted, safe and easy to use. There was a clear trend for better function with the [iWALK]. Patients required to be non-weightbearing due to pathology below the knee now have the ability to maintain use of their upper extremities with the [iWALKFree]”
Prospective Clinical Evaluation (AAOS #PE058)
“…it made a huge difference in my life…i was able to help around the house, and get out of the house much more. I’m sure this added exercise sped up my recovery quite a bit.”
Ian Hetherington AB.
“…how invaluable this product has been for me. [The iWALKFree] was a wonderful relief.”
Allen Quon, Calgary, AB.
“You the man! This thing rocks, I had it out of the Box and on in seconds.”
Angus Sutherland, AB.
“It made a world of difference. I was back to work a week after the accident. The best thing…is that it is much safer than traditional crutches.”
Carl Gustafson P. Eng. ON.
“An elegant solution.”
Dan Blocka B.Sc., C.O. (c), F.C.B.C.
“…[iWALKFree] sure has made my injury much more tolerable during the mending period.”
Ed Cronin PA.
Scott Brutsche, AZ.
“I started out on crutches, switched to a wheel chair and then I heard about iWalk…by the next day, I amazed everyone with my mobility…the best part was that I could carry stuff and open doors.”
Robert Livingstone ON.
“I had the iWalkFree on my leg in about 5 minutes and was walking around the room. I feel better now that I can work without having an assistant help me carry papers around the office and be more useful at home with simple things that I could not do on crutches.”
Lee Forrest NC.
“It truly did get me back on my feet. I was able to service my [own] patients better. Thanks again.”
Keith M. Smith C.O.
“The brace fits well and I am using it with a great deal of satisfaction. Many, many thanks for the prompt personal attention that you gave this matter.”
“… am pretty impressed with the whole thing. … It is a great thing to go out, buy beer and not have to have the clerk help you out to your car… I LOVE THIS THING! Thanks!
Dave Wolfe Edwards, CO.
“…I just wanted to drop you a line and express my profound thanks for inventing the iwalk free crutch. It is everything that your web site states.
I ordered your product because of the extreme pain in my shoulders being experienced while using normal crutches. That requirement was more than satisfied, but to my delight many small items of daily living were also vastly improved. I am now able to stop and pick up a fountain drink at the local store without slopping drink out everywhere. I have been able to change the spark plugs in the wife’s car and I am getting ready to take a long vacation in New Zealand that was being dreaded with crutches.
I work as an engineer at the Kennedy Space Center and in the course of my work I have to access areas in large hangars. Before the iwalk free crutch it was all I could do to get from my vehicle to the work site without having to look for a spot to rest and recharge for the next movement. Now I am able walk to the most remote work areas and conduct business without any extreme discomfort. Thanks again.
Marvin Land, Kennedy Space Center
“Over four years ago I spent six months on my iWALKFree, healing a complicated ankle fracture. Since then I’ve loaned it to my brother for achilles tendon surgery, twice! Today I strapped it on again as I’ve just had all the plates and screws removed from my ankle. I still think it is a fantastic piece of design work. Cheers!
Rick Shallman, MD, WA.
“Hello, My name is Christine Pierangeli and I just want to let you know how happy I am to have my iWALKFree device!! I broke my foot October 16th and have been non weight bearing since. I ordered your device (we call it “Peggy”) a week after being casted and I have to tell you, it has completely saved my sanity. I have an 8 month old and a 3 year old and I am a stay at home mom. Crutches were not an option! I couldn’t even be home alone with my kids and that was tough emotionally and financially. Last week I got word that I will be non weight bearing for 6 more weeks and I would surely have withered at that news if not for “Peggy”. I get around wherever I want to go. I stairmaster and lift weights daily at that gym and that has been so crucial to my mental and physical health! More valuable than any of that, I can get my kids to preschool, grocery shop and run errands.
… just wanted to let you know how happy I am, …I wish you great success in the future and will be doing my share to make sure anyone with a need knows that your fabulous device exists! Gratefully,
Christine Pierangeli, CO.
“My daughter has a condition called CRPS that prevents her from bearing weight on her left leg. Your device has given her both the freedom and mobility to perform a wide variety of activities. Last week she walked 6 miles one day and 7 miles the next day along the mall in Washington DC.
This week she was in Baltimore, MD and walked all over the Inner Harbor area.”
Brian Jackson, AZ.
“I ruptured my Achilles Tendon early this past June. As this injury has a long recovery cycle, I decided to investigate alternatives to crutches. I quickly came to the conclusion that the iWalk-Free solves most of the prevalent problems with crutches, and does so far better than any of the other alternatives I could find.
The key is that with only a couple of hours of practice, I could negotiate stairs, even without a railing. This allows me to go in and out any entrance of my house and easily work around the yard. What a relief to be useful and independent again. I even played catch with my 10 year old in the back yard.It is amazing to me how attention I still get and how few people have seen or even know about the I Walk-Free. It has been a godsend! Thanks for your product as it has tremendously helped me get through my injury.”
Tyler Hooper, MA.