Growing up, I was very fortunate to not have to use a crutch for a very long time. The closest I got to using a crutch was in high school when I had a knee contusion which lasted only about 3-4 days. I lived in an area where everyone drove so I barely had to use my crutches to get around. This time it was different. I had to heavily rely on the crutches to get around within my house and outside. The morning after the injury, I woke up in the morning to the kitchen to make some coffee. It was a challenge but I managed to brew a cup while resting my full weight using my armpit. Then it suddenly hit me. I couldn’t move my coffee to the dining table from the kitchen as I needed to use both hands to walk with the crutch. It was a revealing moment of things to come and the challenge ahead. I ended up hopping my way to the dining room (which I do not recommend) and spilling coffee along the way. “Great…”, I thought to myself.
I did what I could to enjoy my coffee and breakfast then started reading online on Achilles recovery and surgery options. It was then when I came across an advertisement for iWalk 2.0 which was strategically placed at an Achilles surgery information website. I read the testimonials and studied the videos and I was sold. I’m usually very skeptical of infomercial type adverts but I was desperate and they sold me on exactly what I was able to still have control over. I went over to Amazon and read the reviews and pulled the plug.
The iWalk 2.0 arrived on Friday Oct 15th. It came in a well packaged box and assembly was simple. They had numerous warning to make sure you follow the video instructions, which I did, and was glad I did. There were numerous adjustments to be made to ensure the height of the knee rest was appropriate and the belts were snug. Assembly took me about 10 min with no tools. It literally took me about 15 seconds to get used to the iWalk. Almost immediately, I was able to move around my house with ease but most importantly, regained the use of my hands and arms. Not only am I able to use my hands to carry my coffee around the house, I was also able to cook and do the dishes to help alleviate my wife from doing everything.
Some recommendations. You need to adjust the settings to ensure the belts and latches are snug. If it is loose, you will not be able to walk and may be dangerous. Also, it is much easier to release the latches if you loosen the length of the belts before you unlatch them.
Now for some cons. If you are in an environment where you need to sit and stand a lot, this may not be your best option. Although, it is not difficult to take the iWalk off and on, it is a hassle as there is no way to sit down with this on. Getting on and off a car is a hassle. The item is quite bulky in its configuration making it difficult to lift it across you to store in the car. Lastly, you can trip and slip with this especially if you get caught on the exterior of your injury. I have this on my left foot and if I was moving to my left and get caught or trip over a crack, I will fall. There is no way to save yourself except to break your fall with your arm. You just need to make sure you left your leg as if you are walking and not drag your iWalk across the pavement.
All in all, I am very happy with this product. You will get A LOT of people approaching you inquiring you about your iWalk. Most of them are curious and simply want to know how it works. A lot of Amazon reviewers claim that you will get a lot of “looks” and experienced a bit of stigma in public places but I didn’t this. If anything, people took a quick look and then went on their own business.
Give it a try and leave a comment on how it goes!