Is The iWALK 2.0 Suitable For You?

People with lower leg, ankle, and foot injuries typically have few options for mobility during the rehabilitation process. Crutches and wheelchairs are the most common types of mobility equipment used to recover from injuries below the knee, but can be uncomfortable and cumbersome. Most importantly, they’re not hands-free, making many daily tasks difficult to perform.

The iWALK 2.0, on the other hand, is a completely hands-free mobility device that allows you to keep weight off your injury during rehabilitation while still going about your daily life. If you have a lower leg, ankle, or foot injury and you’re wondering if the iWALK 2.0 is right for you, here’s what you need to know:

Injuries suitable for the iWALK 2.0

The iWALK 2.0 fits your leg in a bent-knee position to evenly and comfortably distribute your weight across your shin, making it a suitable device for most below-the-knee injuries. Specific injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprained ankle
  • Fractured foot, ankle, or lower leg
  • Ankle fusion surgery
  • Achilles tendon injury and surgery
  • Broken heel
  • Foot surgery, such as bunion or foot ulcer correction

Plaster casts, air boots, and medical boots are compatible with the iWALK 2.0, and it can also be used as a “gateway device” during a prosthetic limb transition, or as a permanent prosthetic for showering or swimming.

Patients suitable for the iWALK 2.0

The iWALK 2.0 works for most people who are in generally good health and had no problem walking unassisted before their injury. Additionally, the injury must be limited to one leg, ankle, or foot with a non-weight bearing rehabilitation requirement. The iWALK 2.0 is full adjustable for a variety of heights and leg sizes, but there are some limitations:

  • Height between 5’0” and 6’6”
  • Weight at 275 pounds or less
  • Maximum leg circumference (measured at highest point of thigh) of 27 inches
  • No replacement knee or hip joint on the injured leg

Additionally, your cast should extend no higher than to a couple of inches below the knee, but if it does, the knee platform on the iWalk 2.0 can be padded for comfort and to relieve pressure on the top edge of the cast.

Other considerations for the iWALK 2.0

The iWALK 2.0 is intended to be a natural extension of your leg, but it does take some time to get used to. Every patient is different, so adjustment periods for the iWALK 2.0 will vary. In general, you will need to devote one to three days to become completely proficient in using the device, although some people get the hang of it in a matter of hours. A good way to test your suitability for the iWALK 2.0 is to bend your injured leg at 90 degrees and place your shin on a padded chair or bench. If you can carry your weight comfortably in this position for a few minutes, you’re likely a good candidate for the iWALK 2.0.

Mobility devices at Avondale HME

If you are recovering from a lower leg, ankle, or foot injury and you want to reclaim your mobility during the rehabilitation period, the iWALK 2.0 provides the independence and comfort you’re looking for. Avondale HME can answer all your questions about the iWALK 2.0 and our other mobility devices for purchase or rental. For more information, fill out our contact form or give us a call today.