The iWalk-FREE is an off-loading leg brace that transfers weight from the foot to below the knee during walking and standing. It can be considered a knee stilt as the device post that makes contact with the ground is extended underneath the knee. The iWalk-Free can be used as an alternative to crutches or complimentary to crutches.
Who Might Benefit From Using the iWalk-FREE?
People with the following conditions might benefit from using the iWalk-FREE:
- Chronic foot pain
- Foot inflammation
- Achilles injuries
- Foot sprain
- Ankle sprain
- Post-foot or post-ankle surgery
- Broken bones in foot or ankle
- Ankle joint inflammation
- Achilles tendinosis
The I walk free was a lot less stable than I’d originally thought it would be. For a person with one healthy leg and a healthy lower back, I think it’s a fantastic solution. I’d hoped to make knee stilts for both legs, as a means of walking for exercise. However, this seems like it might be a challenging project after trying out the I walk free. I think it’s much tougher to balance on one’s knees than on one’s feet ( as in the case of normal stilts). I think that the feet are designed to feel things out really well and adjust to imbalances via pro-prioception. I did not feel that I could put the same confidence in my knees as in my feet.
I do walk on my knees for exercise. Balancing is not difficult in that case, partially because my feet behind me provide added support. On her knees still the balance load is all on the knees, it’s tougher. In addition, my upper leg has to pull the stilt up with each step. Doing that scene security in old injury in my lower back.
It got a little easier once we lowered the height of the knee pad, but it still put a lot of stress on the back, and it would still be difficult to balance were I on two of them.
I do think this device has some potential for people dealing with pain in both feet, but we’d definitely need to brainstorm ideas for making the stilts more stable from the bottom up.