At the age of 14, my daughter Kayla has racked up a list of physical injuries that would make most grown men feel like girls. She is quite simply the most accident prone child I have ever met, to the point where I pick on her about my being afraid to have her in the car with me.
The child is no stranger to casts, crutches, wheelchairs, boots, splints, and bandages, and she operates all of them like a professional. Recently however, when she sprained her ankle for about the 47th time, we had to rethink some things. In the past, she just took her crutches to school and was fine until it healed, but this year she is a freshman in high school where, instead of having all her classes clustered in the same short hallway, she has to navigate a school roughly the size of a small New Hampshire town. She came home from the first day on crutches in severe discomfort. I can’t say that I blame her; you try covering that kind of distance over a seven hour day while having your armpits constantly abraded and you wouldn’t be in the best of spirits either.
So what to do? She wasn’t ready for “the boot” just yet, as it caused severe pain to put any weight on her ankle, and continuous use of the crutches was going to make for some long painful days. Dilemma, dilemma.
Fortunately, my soon-to-be-ex-wife happened upon a piece of sheer brilliance…..a hands free crutch. She tried explaining it to me over the phone, but I was typically male (re: clueless) until I actually saw the contraption, which fastens to the leg, bending the lower leg backwards out of the way, and providing a temporary prosthetic (for lack of a better term). Kayla received the iWALKFree crutch by FedEx at 10 in the morning and was at school walking by 11AM. It freed her up, allowing her the full use of both hands, and letting her walk somewhat normally (although it was quite amusing to watch).
I was fascinated by the iWALKFree crutch, and later that day I decided I wanted to have a go at it. I strapped it on and very quickly nearly face planted into the wall. It is truly amazing how difficult it is to walk when you can no longer feel the bottom half of one leg. Kayla however, learned to use it like a pro, discovering that spinning around on the crutch was a big time saver over actually using a couple of steps to accomplish the same task.
I heartily recommend iWALKFree is you are suffering from a non-weight bearing lower leg injury. The crutch allows self-sufficiency through the full use of your arms and hands, as well as the chance to continue to participate in normal activities and rehabilitation.
The iWALKFree crutch supports the knee and upper leg using a universal, ambidextrous fastening system that allows for virtually any adjustment for user height and leg size. It has received rave reviews from the medical community for providing not only improved mobility and motor function, but the potential for reduction in muscular atrophy, less loss of bone density, and shorter hospital stays and rehabilitation time.
Keep in mind; this is not a paid or requested endorsement for this product. I almost never endorse anything based on a request. However, having seen firsthand how much my daughter’s recovery was helped by this device, I wanted to do what little I could to get the word out about the iWALKFree hands-free crutch. If you are dealing with a lower leg or foot injury, and getting around has become next to impossible, check these guys out. It’s a little on the pricey side, but well worth every penny.