iWALK vs Forearm Crutches Comparison

Let’s compare forearm crutches with the iWALK2.0.  Forearm crutches are one of the leading mobility devices for leg injuries. They require significant upper body strength, and are very inefficient for walking.  Even if you know how to use crutches, your hands and arms are totally encumbered.  It is hard to do normal day-to-day things.

In contrast, iWALK2.0 solves the problems of standard crutches. It’s the best crutch alternative available. It’s both hands free AND pain free.  You use your leg to support your weight, not your hands and arms. And it’s highly functional – you walk and stand with your hands and arms 100% free to do whatever you need. iWALK2.0 is more than a crutch, it’s a temporary lower leg.

iWALK2.0Forearm Crutches

Will this device work for lower leg injuries?

YES – iWALK2.0 is suitable for virtually all lower leg non-weight bearing injuriesYES – Forearm crutches are indicated for almost all lower leg non-weight bearing injuries

Will this device eliminate pain in my hands, arms, wrists or underarms?

YES – Your hands and arms are completely free, just like normal, so it’s pain freeNO – Your underarms will be spared, but you’ll still feel it in your hands, wrists and arms

Will it keep my injury partially elevated?

YES – iWALK2.0 is 100% hands free, so you can return to a normal, functional, independent lifestyleNO – Your hands are fully involved in supporting your body weight

Is this device hands free?

YES – iWALK2.0 is 100% hands free, so you can return to a normal, functional, independent lifestyleNO – Your hands are fully involved in supporting your body weight

Can you use this device on stairs?

YES – We don’t know of a safer mobility device for stairs. Not only are using your legs for balance and support, you have full access to the hand railYES – But you have to be extremely careful, as your hands are not free to use the hand rail

Can you use this device on different terrain – grass, gravel, concrete, carpet, etc?

YES – You can certainly adapt to different surfaces and terrain in confidenceYES – Provided that you have good strength and balance. Forearm Crutches on loose surfaces can be dangerous

Can this device be used in tight spaces – kitchens, bathrooms, etc?

YES – iWALK2.0 can go where you do. It’s simply a temporary lower leg. You can go where you want and do what you needYES – While you can navigate tight spaces, you still can’t do anything that involves hands or arms

Is this device easy to transport?

YES – iWALK2.0 is light (4.2 lbs) and compact, and easily fits onto a car seat. Disassembled (2 minutes without tools), it’s about the size of a shoeboxNO – Forearm crutches, they are still awkwardly long for transportation and handling

Will this device enable me to continue my daily activities?

YES – You won’t be running any marathons, but iWALK2.0 lets you do just about everything you used to do in your daily routineNO – Forearm crutches are extremely limiting and you will need assistance for most common daily activities

Will this device reduce atrophy in my injured leg?

YES – All of the muscles of your upper leg are used like normal when walking. So with the iWALK2.0, so muscle atrophy is significantly reducedNO – Your injured limb is basically hanging, unused. Muscle atrophy begins immediately and continues throughout your rehabilitation period

Does this device increase patient compliance?

YES – Because you can do all your daily tasks on the iWALK2.0, there’s no need to be non-compliantNO – Forearm crutches have significant limitations which leaves users little option but to “cheat” (non-compliance)
iWALK2.0Forearm Crutches
Will this device work for lower leg injuries?YES – iWALK2.0 is suitable for virtually all lower leg non-weight bearing injuriesYES – Forearm crutches are indicated for almost all lower leg non-weight bearing injuries
Will this device eliminate pain in my hands, arms, wrists or underarms?YES – Your hands and arms are completely free, just like normal, so it’s pain freeNO – Your underarms will be spared, but you’ll still feel it in your hands, wrists and arms
Will it keep my injury partially elevated?YES – iWALK2.0 is 100% hands free, so you can return to a normal, functional, independent lifestyleNO – Your hands are fully involved in supporting your body weight
Is this device hands free?YES – iWALK2.0 is 100% hands free, so you can return to a normal, functional, independent lifestyleNO – Your hands are fully involved in supporting your body weight
Can you use this device on stairs?YES – We don’t know of a safer mobility device for stairs. Not only are using your legs for balance and support, you have full access to the hand railYES – But you have to be extremely careful, as your hands are not free to use the hand rail
Can you use this device on different terrain – grass, gravel, concrete, carpet, etc?YES – You can certainly adapt to different surfaces and terrain in confidenceYES – Provided that you have good strength and balance. Forearm Crutches on loose surfaces can be dangerous
Can this device be used in tight spaces – kitchens, bathrooms, etc?YES – iWALK2.0 can go where you do. It’s simply a temporary lower leg. You can go where you want and do what you needYES – While you can navigate tight spaces, you still can’t do anything that involves hands or arms
Is this device easy to transport?YES – iWALK2.0 is light (4.2 lbs) and compact, and easily fits onto a car seat. Disassembled (2 minutes without tools), it’s about the size of a shoeboxNO – Forearm crutches, they are still awkwardly long for transportation and handling
Will this device enable me to continue my daily activities?YES – You won’t be running any marathons, but iWALK2.0 lets you do just about everything you used to do in your daily routineNO – Forearm crutches are extremely limiting and you will need assistance for most common daily activities
Will this device reduce atrophy in my injured leg?YES – All of the muscles of your upper leg are used like normal when walking. So with the iWALK2.0, so muscle atrophy is significantly reducedNO – Your injured limb is basically hanging, unused. Muscle atrophy begins immediately and continues throughout your rehabilitation period
Does this device increase patient compliance?YES – Because you can do all your daily tasks on the iWALK2.0, there’s no need to be non-compliantNO – Forearm crutches have significant limitations which leaves users little option but to “cheat” (non-compliance)

iWALK2.0 Wins!

Now that you’ve compared, the clear winner is iWALK2.0. Hands free, pain free, functional mobility is yours.  Using forearm crutches for a lower leg injury just doesn’t make sense.