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15 reviews
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iWALKFree


$359.00

Product Shot 1 The Pros:You can use your hands. Light weight. Can be rented.

The Cons:Totally unnatural walking motion. May have to cut the beam with a metal saw and file down the edges with a metal file to adjust if you are short. Have to unstrap it to go to the toilet if you're a female.

The hands-free crutch. A device that promises new freedom of mobility and self-sufficiency for those with non weight-bearing lower leg injuries.

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User Reviews (17)

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Pros
  • 8

    You can use your hands.

  • 7

    Light weight

  • 5

    Can be rented

  • 4

    Easy to walk in.

  • 4

    Most cons are easily remedied.

  • 4

    Durable - will last longer than needed for injuries or surgeries

  • 4

    Using it gives the upper part of your broken leg very useful exercise.

  • 2

    Can use inside, outside, even in shower

  • 1

    Can be used by amputees while recovering or whne not using prosthesis

  • 1

    Some suppliers cut beam to length for patient height

  • 1

    If bought before surgery you can practice

  • 1

    Small serious company. I had a problem and they worked hard to solve it and refunded my money.

  • -2

    None...may work out if you plan on walking for a couple of hours...not worth the hassle of putting for anything less.

Cons
  • 3

    Totally unnatural walking motion.

  • 2

    May have to cut the beam with a metal saw and file down the edges with a metal file to adjust if you are short.

  • 2

    Have to unstrap it to go to the toilet if you're a female.

  • 1

    Not advisable for use for injuries best for surgeries due to time to practice

  • 0

    Cumbersome to take on and off.

  • 0

    Need to be overall in good athletic shape with good balance

  • 0

    Very uncomfortable for women.

  • 0

    Swinging, shaking and bumping your injured leg is painful.

  • -2

    May cause your cast to rub your shin raw.

  • -6

    Promotional video is very misleading. The woman they show walking her dog and going about her business must be very athletic. I'm not in horrible shape, but needed crutches just to try to use it!

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jellis
jellis: #iwalkfree I bought mine before surgery and practiced using it. Best not to use if you had an accident like a sprained ankle because you will not have enough time to adjust. At first I felt claustrophobic being strapped in and felt like I was going to fall. But after a using it a little more each day I got use to it. I kept thinking if a person who lost their leg can do it on a prosthetic that has less support then I can do this.
Yes the leg sticking out in the back can get in the way if you are going to be just sitting and getting up and down. I used my crutches when getting around in small areas if I am not getting up for long periods of time.
Overall I like being able to have both hands free to cook, moving items and cleaning. Apr 17, 12
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LWoody
LWoody: #iwalkfree I have had the unfortunate luck to have sprained my right ankle now 17 times, the most recent was 3/17/2011. I was out (non-weight bearing) for almost 2 weeks on a sprain. I had the great luck to have a friend with an iWalkFree. He taught me how to use it in about 5 minutes. It did take a little getting used to, but the freedom it provides was soooooo worth it! It might not be the best option for those that may be overweight or without coordination.
Now I'm post-op after ankle surgery and the iWalk is finally allowing me some freedom from bedrest. I couldnt even cook my own meals with the crutches. I'll be out this time for at least 8 weeks. I'm so happy to have the iWalk to give me back some freedom. Nov 18, 11
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Easy Crutch
Easy Crutch: #iwalkfree I ruptured my achilles 2 years ago which led me on a quest to find a better way to be more mobile and do what needed to be done. Along with some help, I've created the Easy Crutch, which allows you to have one hand free, be stable and yet be able to get up and down stairs easily. Much more covenient than a kneewalker or scooter. It is finally on the market. You can see it here: easycrutch.webs.com Jul 18, 11
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John Crespi
John Crespi: #iwalkfree I ruptured my Achilles a while back and couldn't stand using normal crutches so I bought this on ebay and the rest is history. I blogged about it here: http://www.johncrespi.com Oct 25, 10
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JoeDyck
JoeDyck: #iwalkfree I personally found it very useful for cooking dinner, fixing the car, carrying large items, even up stars! I felt useless without it! Mar 2, 10
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stazi64
stazi64: #iwalkfree $400 for 30 bucks of materials. Beam needs to be round so you can adjust the strap mechanism to fit leg.. Straps are hard rubber and strap foam won't adjust. They should have been nylon w/velcro. Strap mechanism doesn't fit leg. Need 2 people to put on and take off. Its all show but not fuctional. Platform and beam should be one piece. Adjustments should be made with a sliding peg like normal crutches. Do Not Pay $400 buck for this...You can by mine for half. Sep 9, 09
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kjmurray
kjmurray: #iwalkfree I finally had a chance to try it, along with another product, One Crutch....I agree that you have to be in better athletic shape than most of us....balance was an issue....I found it rather tiring, hard on the knee; not enough padding. Jul 23, 09
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stazi64
stazi64: #iwalkfree This is a good concept...although it's put into poor practice by the Iwalkfree Crutch. With some actual engineering it be a great product, but in its current configuration...IT'S TOTALLY USELESS!!! ESPECIALLY FOR THE ASTOUNDING PRICE THEY CHARGE!!! Just for one example...If they made the beam round and the platform attached then adjustments could be made using a sliding peg like on normal crutches. Also, when in the sittine position, you could slide the peg all the way in...and just slide it back out when you are ready to get up again. Now you must take it off to sit...then put it back on to get up. Useless!!! Mar 4, 09
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victorcorey
victorcorey: #iwalkfree I just purchased the IWalkFree on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130195852186&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:US:1123) and overall I am very happy with it.

CONS
On thing left out of the instructions on the IWalkFree website is what to do if you need to adjust the beam. In the videos it quickly bypasses this by saying "If you need to adjust the beam contact your practitioner". I bought this online and my doctor had not heard of it, so this wasn't an option. I contacted the company via their website and recieved a very speedy response. What you need to do to adjust the beam (I'm 5'4" for reference) is to simply cut the beam with a metal saw and then file the ruff edges with a metal file. Since most people have these readily available, this is not a problem (sarcasm is intentional) I ended up not adjusting the beam height and it seems alright. Sometimes the beam hits my stomach if I bend over, but this is not an issue so far.

The second issue is my cast. My cast comes up to a couple of inches below my knee. The first day I used the IWalkFree I ended up with a blister that was ripped open just inside the top of my cast. Pretty painful. This was easily remedied by folding up a small towel and putting they underneath my knee just above my cast. This allows room for my cast to drop below the towel and no pressure is felt at all. This is actually mentioned in one of the website videos.

Thirdly, the IWalkFree is not as convenient to take on and off as getting around in crutches. It's a little cumbersome.

PROS
Simple enough...I get my hands back.

Final thoughts. With all the CONS I have, do I regret getting the IWalkFree? Absolutely not. I was able to walk around on the IWalkFree right when I took it out of the box. I can get up at work and get myself a cup of coffee. Best of all, I am able to put my daughter to bed at night (that alone is worth it).

Just keep in mind you may have to cut the beam and file down the edges or just live with it poking you in the belly sometimes and make sure it you feel your cast rubbing put something under your knee. Feb 7, 08
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Amanie
Amanie: #iwalkfree Having been on crutches for the last 3 months, I can definitely see the use of this. Having your hands unoccupied is pure feedom. Although, the fact that the sensitive area (the foot) is sticking out is not ideal, so I don't know if I'd recommend it for crowded areas where people can be less than accomodating. Sep 21, 06
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Erik
Erik: #iwalkfree My grandfather actually came up with a design like this more than 10 years ago. He had hurt his leg and he built something almost exactly like this out of wood. It's like a pirate's peg leg. Sep 21, 06
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