The first of its kind in the world, iWALKFree is a revolutionary hands-free crutch designed to meet the mobility needs of people with non-weight bearing lower leg injuries.
iWalkFree is a potent alternative to traditional crutches, allowing its users:
- Self-Sufficiency through the full use of their arms and hands
- The opportunity to take an active part in their lives and their rehabilityation
The device supports the knee and upper leg using a universal, ambidextrous fastening system that allows for almost any adjustment for user height and leg size
Its comfortable, easy to put on, take off, and adjust. And takes little time to get used to
iWALKFree delivers to its users a remarkable level of mobility and freedom.
Injuries, trauma, and circulation issues of the lower leg, ankle, or foot are typically managed through the use of forearm, underarm or platform crutches, canes, or wheelchairs.
While these devices allow users some mobility, they all engage the arms & hands, further handicapping the user.
Playing with the kids, getting up and down stairs, exercising, using the phone, going shopping… Now, with iWALKFree, you dont have to miss out on any of your daily activities.
iWALKFree… The Hands-Free Crutch continues to be the subject of positive medical assessments and clinical study, particularly under the auspice of the Sunnybrook and Womens College Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada.
The medical benefits to users include:
- improved mobility
- improved motor function
- improved personal esteem through management of daily affairs
- improved prospects for coping and well-being
- potential for reduction in muscle atrophy & muscle strength
- potential for decrease in loss of bone density
- potential for shortened rehabilitation time
- improved ability to exercise
- improved personal safety
The story is familiar. A bad fall. Broken bones. Surgery. Then a slow recovery period, during which the individual can only move around with the aid of crutches, handicapping any useful activity.
Not for Lance Matthews. In November of 97, after sustaining a bad fall, Matthews set out to invent a device that would replace his crutches and restore his self-sufficiency. The first unit was constructed from wood. It proved so practical that Matthews was able to go on holiday as planned and indulge in long walks.
The doctors and orthopaedic technologists at Torontos Sunnybrook and Womens College Health Sciences Centre, one of the leading orthopaedic research facilities in North America, were so impressed that they understood an immediate trial of the device should ensue, and recommended patent protection. With manufacturing advice from a colleague, Matthews embarked on a new phase of development.
Early prototype work was refined with the assistance of a variety of professional advisors, all of whom shared in a determination to offer crutch and cane users a dramatic improvement in their personal mobility.
In a letter dated July 30, 1999, the Canadian Minister of Health indicated that iWALKFree was a Class 1 medical device and that its design appears innovative … and will provide an important treatment option for victims of land mines and others for which [sic] a hands free crutch is appropriate.
The product has received a Medical Device Establishment Licence (769) from Health Canadas Therapeutic Products Programme.
On the basis of early positive clinical and personal reviews, iWALKFree is being commercially developed by CANADALEG INC., an authorized Canadian firm headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario.
iWALKFree… The Hands-Free Crutch has been designed to be comfortable, lightweight, and compact. It is easy to assemble and fully adjustable to meet the needs of adults and young people of varying height. It is strongly recommended that the device be adjusted by an accredited physiotherapist or orthopaedic technologist prior to its initial use.
iWALKFree is constructed of UV-resistant and hypoallergenic materials, and comprised of 4 simple parts:
- one stable beam with tread one supportive locking tray with strap
- two comfortable padded straps with integral cam clips
To assemble and fit iWALKFree:
Trim the beam to equal the inseam measurement
- with the user seated with leg bent at a 90-degree angle, measure the distance from the back of knee to the ground of the unaffected limb. This determines the height for the top of the tray
to attach the tray, unlock the front cam clip; disengage locking pin; slide tray onto the beam; lock pins; lock cam clip at the front of the tray
to attach the straps*, unlock cam clip of lower strap; slide onto beam just above knee; lock cam clip; repeat with upper strap; slide onto beam just below groin; lock cam clip
- install beam cap
*all straps can be flipped for right or left-handed use
To Check for Proper Fit:
When walking with iWALKFree, you should be able to swing your leg freely front to back without catching it on the ground. If you cant move it freely, then iWALKFree is too long, and needs to be readjusted
- place knee of affected leg on tray; fasten tray strap to a snug, comfortable fit fasten lower strap to a snug, comfortable fit around leg just above knee
- fasten upper strap to a snug, comfortable fit around leg just below groin
Walking with iWALKFree:
- use either a handrail or parallel bars while becoming accustomed to the device maintain a wide stance with legs apart while walking
- maintain an erect posture and watch where you are going