Could This Be The Future of Crutches?
Crutches are very old school. They haven’t changed much in the last century and still rely on upper body support. Standard crutches rely primarily on underarm support, which has dual drawbacks: it puts pressure on a sensitive armpit region and it restricts your hands from doing anything while using it.
Enter the era of the hands-free crutch, which promises to make recovering from an injury more painless and leave your hands free to use them.
The iWalk 2.0 is a crutch that attaches to the recovering leg and allows you to keep your arms and hands free. The crutch straps onto your upper thigh, resting your bent leg on a cushioned pad. This is what sets the iWalk 2.0 apart from standard crutches, the fact that your weight is supported by the thigh of your recovering leg rather than your arms.
The iWalk 2.0 crutch does have some size requirements so it may not be an option for everyone. It can only accommodate users between 4’10” and 6’6” in height and under 275 lbs in weight. There are also some mobility requirements to be met and if balancing on one leg or walking up and down stairs were difficult prior to your injury, this hands-free crutch might not be right for you.
If however the iWalk 2.0 crutch is for you, it offers a lot of flexibility as compared to standard crutches. Regular crutches makes navigating stairs difficult and any activities where you need to use your hands and walk (walking your dog, shopping or even just carrying something) are difficult to do. The iWalk 2.0 frees your arms and hands, not only allowing you to do these things easily, but it also eliminates the upper body strain and bruising sometimes experienced with standard crutches.
The iWalk 2.0 has been extensively reviewed and Christopher Null of Wired wrote a great review after using it while recovering from a foot fracture. His review can be read here.
The iWalk 2.0 joins the ranks of other innovative crutch substitutes and proves that we were long overdue for an easier alternative to the standard set of crutches.
Interested in purchasing the iWalk 2.0? Check it out here.