Redesigning the crutch

How iWALK made crutches obsolete

Recovering from a lower leg injury can be incredibly frustrating, particularly if it means life without putting weight on your foot. All of a sudden you’re reliant on family and friends to help with the simplest tasks. Looking after yourself is difficult. Looking after anything else is practically impossible.

“Enter the iWALK, the revolutionary hands-free knee crutch that can be used immediately after injury or surgery to bring mobility and independence back to your life.”

The iWALK3.0 is the only real solution for non-weight bearing lower leg injuries; it’s easy to use, economical, pain-free and provides unsurpassed mobility. You use the same upper leg muscles you normally would and its unique design allows you to carry out everyday tasks with confidence – and less risk of further injury.
image of the iWALK 3.0 hands free crouch on a white background with the UK Knee Crutches Logo on it

Whats wrong with crutches for non-weight bearing injuries?

there is no comparison

1.
You're leg is extremely exposed. There’s potential for re-injury through knocking it, tripping, or instinctively putting it out in front of you when you lose your balance.
2.
Crutches hurt your hands or underarms, creating bruises or sore spots. Wrists can ache and you can even end up with a serious condition like carpal tunnel.
3.
Walking with crutches is hard work!
Black and white picture of a man struggling on crutches with a non weight bearing injury. He looks to be in pain and fed up.
4.
Crutches take up both your hands, so you don't get to use them for anything else.
5.
Using crutches with a non-weight bearing injury means you constantly need to raise your injured leg behind you.
6.
Using crutches can be bad for your back and shoulders, potentially creating long-standing issues.
7.
Navigating stairs on crutches is dangerous.

How the iWALK came to be

This modern hands-free crutch had a rather old school beginning. In the late 90s, Canadian farmer and adept carpenter, Lance Matthews, was repairing his roof when he fell and broke his ankle. For Lance, crutches were simply not good enough; “Crutches are tremendously impractical, uncomfortable, and ridiculous”. After researching the market, he was amazed that there wasn’t an alternative to conventional crutches.

There’s no time off in farming, so he improvised, propping his knee on a stool so he could still work. He quickly realised it would be great if the stool could move with him, so he took to his workshop and the first iWALK prototype was constructed from wood in less than an hour.

Now Lance didn’t set out to start an orthopaedic device company, but it was noticed by the doctors and specialists at one of the leading orthopaedic research facilities in North America. They were so excited by the potential of the iWALK crutch substitute that clinical trials started immediately.

And that’s how mobility history was made!