Alan emailed me this afternoon, having received his iWALK 2.0 this morning, as follows:
A great story and pictures appeared on People.com this week, telling of a nurse practitioner returning on an iWALK 2.0 to the front line to treat Covid-19 patients
Amid the coronavirus pandemic in March, Carolyn Storck tells PEOPLE she had to undergo surgery after developing a severe case of Achilles tendonitis and a Haglund’s deformity.
Less than two weeks later, Storck — who is in her 40s — was back on the frontlines caring for COVID-19 patients, while also managing to keep the weight off her injured leg during 12-hour shifts by using a hands-free crutch.
“I might just be crazy, but it really did not feel that out of the norm,” she says. “I felt an obligation to my colleagues, and when people started calling out sick and we started looking for back-ups and on-call lists, there still was a gap.”
“If there is a gap in the shift or something needs to be done, I think all of us have the mindset of you step up and you do it,” she adds. “You’ve got to take care of people. You’ve got to be here, you have to get things done.”
Prior to her surgery on March 6, Storck — who is a former military major — says she had been dealing with pain in her Achilles tendon for three years.
Full story at People.com
We had the following story from Geoff Stonebanks of Driftwood Garden, who has found his iWALK 2.0 invaluable:
To someone who has created a multi-award-winning seaside garden that has raised in excess of £130,000 for charity over recent years, the prospect of being on crutches for several weeks at a really critical time of the gardening year, due to a torn Achilles tendon on my left leg, is a pretty daunting prospect. There is just so much to do between early March and 1st June to get the garden ready to open.
After being told I would need to have my ankle in a boot, back in late February, and then to be non-weight bearing for several weeks, I thought my world had fallen apart. The prospect of a pair of crutches in my hands in the house alone was unthinkable, never mind the thought of being able to do anything in the garden. My office is on the ﬁrst floor of the house too, so negotiating stairs was imperative. Then my partner did some research online and found the iWALK 2.0!
I studied the online blurb very closely and have to be totally honest, I thought it was a lot of money and wondered if it would really work for me. But, given my level of incapacity and the knowledge of everything I wanted to achieve, I thought sod it! I have never been one to sit on my laurels in good health, never mind bad! I made an instant decision to purchase one. I contacted Jerry and ordered for next day delivery! It arrived late the next day, so I left assembly to the following day. It was very easy to set up with an excellent pair of videos to watch on YouTube, both for assembly and use.
Now, I have to be honest, in the house, I was able to get around with just the iWALK2.0 and two hands-free fairly quickly, even getting upstairs. However, to be honest, at first, I did struggle outside without a reassuring crutch/stick support in the right hand. This soon began to change as I gained more confidence and remembered to look straight forward and not down at my feet.
I’ve now had the iWALK2.0 for just over a week and my confidence has grown immensely. So much so that I have been able to get out in the garden in the last couple of days, in between the rain, with it and with no crutch as additional support. Now, if any readers have seen my garden they will know that is a challenge in itself, as it is on an uphill slope and has many levels and steps! Whilst I have to admit that kneeling and working at ground level is not that easy, although the iWALK2.0 has 3 incredibly easy to remove and fix straps that allow kneeling down in one point for a while (removal of iWALK2.0 and attaching again, taking only moments). My ability to move around the garden and complete basic things such as potting up in the greenhouse or weeding and dead-heading raised beds are still easily managed. I’m going to need to engage the help of someone to move heavy pots around but I’m able to achieve some of the tasks needed, which would not have been at all possible without this amazing piece of kit!
So, if you are mulling over acquiring one, for my money, it’s worth every penny!
If interested, you can see more of Geoﬀ’s garden at www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk
Beauty pageant contestant competes with help of ‘pirate leg’
A Miss Florida USA contestant who damaged her ankle while training for the beauty pageant took to the stage anyway, with the help of a hands-free crutch.
Elizabeth Tran made the top 15 out of more than 80 contestants wearing the device and says the experience made her feel “unstoppable”.
Determined Elizabeth wouldn’t let anything stand in the way of her competing for her dream title after two years of preparing for the high-profile event. The Miss North Miami representative, who also wore an eco-gown made entirely out of discarded materials to promote sustainability, had been looking forward to it for months.
But just days before the event the 25-year-old feared she may have to admit defeat after an injury left her in agony and unable to move. The accident happened during a boot camp to prepare for the pageant.
Elizabeth explains: “I stepped on a mini hurdle and fell sideways, rolling my ankle over. It was very painful but I didn’t think it would be a big deal. By the time I got home I couldn’t walk and I had to crawl down the hallway to my apartment.”
Elizabeth’s friend lent her some crutches but she hated them. She says: “I had no idea how painful they were. Within a few days my hands were bleeding from using them and I had to wrap them with athletic tape. I thought ‘I can’t do this anymore’.”
Elizabeth went to see her doctor for X-rays and discovered that she had sprained her ankle and snapped two ligaments. She says: “The doctor told me it would take two to three weeks for my ankle to heal – the pageant was just one week away. I was in excruciating pain and just felt horrible. Miss Florida USA is the Super Bowl of pageantry but I couldn’t imagine doing it in this condition. I reached out to the pageant director and she suggested I get a hands-free crutch called an iWALK2.0.”
Elizabeth was sceptical at first but after watching videos of people using the device online she ordered one. It arrived on Friday, with just six days to go until the pageant. She says: “I practised like crazy to make sure that I could walk comfortably in high heels and pose wearing it. It was easy to adapt to and I was able to go back to the gym and do exercises that I wasn’t able to before. All of this helped me to prepare mentally and physically for the competition.”
Elizabeth has been competing in pageants since the age of eight and says they have played a huge role in her life, helping her to feel more confident and beautiful in herself. Her mom and sister also compete. This is the second time she has taken part in Miss Florida USA, which will see the winner compete in the nationally televised Miss USA. She also entered in 2018 but didn’t make the top 20. Elizabeth told herself that she would come back two years later with the right mindset and outlook.
She says: “It’s been two years of personal development and when all of this happened it was a test of my personal, mental, and emotional stamina. I feel so proud that I got through it and walked on that stage.”
It was also an opportunity for Elizabeth to promote sustainability, something that she has been passionate about since she was 12 years old. As a girl she passed by the Miami landfill known as Mount Trashmore and was shocked by the vast piles of waste. She decided to volunteer with environmental non-profit organizations but was told that she was too young, so she set up her own, Teens Go Green, to promote sustainability. The organization is now best known for its trash fashion and Elizabeth organises a number of eco-fashion shows across Florida, with one also due to be held in New York this year.
Elizabeth and her mom made the eco-dress that she wore for the pageant and she hopes this will raise awareness of environmental issues and the impact of disposable fashion on the planet. She says: “I wore a dress made of garbage and a pirate leg. If nothing else, I think people will remember me!”
Elizabeth adds: “I wouldn’t have been able to stand, literally or figuratively, on the stage had it not been for the iWALK2.0. It gives people hope at the most desperate of times.”
The iWALK2.0 is an award-winning, FDA / CE registered medical device which can be used by the majority of people with lower leg injuries. A 2019 medical study found that nine out of ten patients prefer it to conventional crutches.
Brad Hunter, President of iWALKFree, Inc, says: “We’re delighted to hear that the iWALK2.0 allowed Elizabeth to take to the stage at Miss Florida USA. Elizabeth represents what the device is all about – with crutches you’re disabled but with the iWALK2.0 you’re enabled and that means that anything is possible, even walking the catwalk in a beauty pageant.”
It was an honour to fit Northampton Saints’ David Ribbans with an iWALK 2.0 yesterday. The combination of an ankle and a wrist injury made using conventional crutches tricky for him but the iWALK solves that problem.
He has it set slightly low for learning but there is still some height adjustment left for when he becomes more expert on it. He’s working with club physio, Joe Booth to make sure he gets the best from his new mobility option while being able to carry on training
Brad Hunter led the redesign of the original iWALK handsfree crutch which helps people who have lower leg issues. The improved iWALK 2.0 went on to secure a first place honour in Medica Expo’s i-NOVO Awards.
Mr Hunter says that the top four reasons that people need crutches to keep them mobile are:
- Shin bone fractures
- Lower leg amputations, often as a result of diabetes
- Ankle and foot fractures
- Achilles tendon ruptures
Notably, the number of people needing crutches because they’ve had a diabetes-related lower leg amputation is increasing. Diabetes UK says that there were 26,378 diabetes-related lower leg amputations in the UK between 2014 and 2017, 19.4% more than in the 2010 to 2013 period.
In North Somerset – where Peglegs is based – the picture is worse. According to recently released North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group figures there were 31% more diabetes-related lower leg amputations during the 2014 to 2017 period compared to the previous period.
Many people who have had a diabetes-related lower leg amputation have found the iWALK 2.0 hands-free crutch has helped them, either on a temporary basis or as a permanent alternative to a prosthetic limb for people who are unable to use such limbs.
The iWALK 2.0 hands-free crutch is better than conventional crutches because its hands-free design means that you can still use your arms. With conventional crutches even a relatively simple task such as carrying a mug of tea from your kitchen into your living room would be difficult, but with the iWALK 2.0 this is no longer a problem. You can even walk your dog, or hold your children or grandchildren.
But importantly, Mr Hunter says that as well as giving you increased mobility and freedom, there are medical reasons why hands-free crutches are better for you.
First, conventional crutches don’t just affect your hands and shoulders while you’re using them. Your upper leg and hip muscles can atrophy by as much as 2% a day while on crutches. You don’t experience this level of muscle loss with the iWALK 2.0.
Second, using conventional crutches restricts the blood flow to your lower extremities. Diabetes often leads to damaged blood vessels as a result of high blood sugar levels so anything that restricts your blood flow is bad news. Using the iWALK 2.0 rather than conventional crutches helps with this.
You can find out more about how the iWALK 2.0 hands-free crutch helps lower leg amputees here.
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Well look at this, 2 US celebrities have both discovered how great an iWALK 2.0 is for getting around when you have a lower leg injury: