What makes walking on the iwalk2.0 so hard and awkward? Its design!
I recently came across a YouTube video review of the iwalk2.0 knee crutch done by a patient in Australia. It was’t one of those promo videos by the “iwalk official website” but a genuine review by a patient who also reviewed a steerable knee cart and some crutches.
When talking and showing how to use the iwalk2.0 he mentioned a peculiar way to take a step by lifting your hip and swinging the stump around, because it is impossible to take a normal step since you can’t bend your knee and the stump can’t bend either. This is the major flaw to of the iwalk as it fallows this centuries-old idea of strapping a stump to the lower leg to replace your missing limb. Sure you can manage to move around, but your movements are far from natural. iwalk itself and partial users won’t tell you that they have to make a major adjustment to their walking pattern. And here is why.
When you take a step naturally, the leg that is coming from behind to be placed in front of you, is lifted from the ground and being bent in the knee to become shorter in order to pass under your body easily. This also allows your hips to stay relatively leveled horizontally.
This same movement from the back to the front in a bent position is impossible with the iwalk, because it is a rigid stump. So the patient has to do two things to compensate for it: lift the hip up and swing the stump around. And that’s what making iwalk walking pattern unnatural. I wonder what kind of effect this pattern can make on the person’s hips after prolonged use of iwalk.
A customer called us this week asking for the RollerFoot availability as her upcoming foot surgery was a couple of weeks away. She has had foot reconstruction surgery before and was using multiple products for mobility, including the knee crutch.
She stated that she had a hard time adjusting it to her height to feel comfortable for moving around. It was heavy, hard to drag it on and pull it up, really difficult and exaggerated movements while walking. The point of contact with the floor is very small and gives you less stability. She fell on her face a few times when the knee crutch slipped. Strapping it on and off was a hassle and took too much time, a big turn off. She was glad to learn that with the RollerFoot it takes only a couple of seconds.
Here is what one of our recent customers say about using the RollerFoot:
The ability to have my hands free with a small child in the home made a world of difference! Fingers crossed I won’t be needing the RollerFoot again, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who does.
Shannon was renting the RollerFoot for about three weeks following a surgery on her foot.
Brian, our recent client, rented RollerFoot for over 8 weeks while recovering from a leg fracture. During this time Brian was actively working both at home and outside, thanks to the RollerFoot. Brian says RollerFoot enabled him to go to stores, business and just to other public places to socialize. He mentioned that he especially liked to use the shopping cart at stores and to zoom fast along the isles to the amazement of other shoppers.
Brian says that stability was absolutely not an issue using the device at home and outside. He says when you take steps carefully and with measured effort, everything goes well. He felt totally in control and secure on the RollerFoot at all times.
This picture was taken at a local Starbucks in New Berlin, WI, where Brian on the RollerFoot used his both hands to carry his order of coffee while smoothly gliding between tables and chairs. And what a great confident look he has standing there on the RollerFoot at that nice Starbucks parlor!
A few years ago Malcolm Brogdon, then a basketball player for University of Virginia team Cavaliers, had a foot and ankle injury. The surgeon put him in a cast. Than team’s athletic trainer found out about us and decided to get Malcolm a RollerFoot. It was a pleasure for us to provide an extra high RollerFoot unit for Malcolm. He was a promising college basketball player for Cavaliers. While no-weight-bearing and on the RollerFoot during his recovery Malcolm was able to attend team practices. Thanks to the RollerFoot Malcolm continuously exercised his upper leg muscles. He also had both hands free to shoot the hoop, thus maintaining his skills while recuperating.
Malcolm had completely recovered and continued his college study and playing basketball at the University.
Recently we found out that Malcom Brogdon had joined the Milwaukee Bucks – an NBA franchise! What added to our excitement is that Malcolm is now in Milwaukee where Step Dynamics, the RollerFoot company, is located. What an interesting coincidence: out of dozens of NBA teams Brogdon comes to Milwaukee – the home of the RollerFoot! The one that helped him during the recovery from the injury. We are so glad to have him in our town. We can now go to the game and see Malcolm play at the Bucks Arena! And maybe one day we could meet him in person and talk about his experience on the RollerFoot years ago.
Next time you see the Bucks number 13 running and jumping on the basketball court, watch for his left leg. RollerFoot had helped in healing it!
The below video shows RollerFoot on sidewalks. The device is not only useful at home and office but also in the streets of today’s urban living. The user in the video is using RollerFoot rolling along the sidewalks with his both hands free to carry some items. Steering the RollerFoot with his knee, the user is easily crossing the street, turning corners. Video shows how to rest the injured foot by elevating it on the RollerFoot while seated on a bench.
RollerFoot in the Car
You can also see a demonstration of how easy it is getting the RollerFoot in and out of a car. You roll up to the car door, open it, turn yourself around, unstrap your leg from the RollerFoot. Then sit down on the passenger seat, pick up the device and put it in your lap or between your lags, pad downward. The light weight and small size of the RollerFoot allows you to handle the unit with one hand and minimum effort.
Getting Over Obstacles
In one episode the user shows how to manage small obstacles in the street. Stepping over cracks, bumps, cables, grooves, small steps will help you navigate almost any street of a modern city. Attachment of the RollerFoot to the leg by straps enables the user to lift up the device and carry it over obstacles.
Taking a Step Up or Down
Depending of the user’s skill, it is possible to lift the RollerFoot with your thigh as high as one foot! This is higher than a regular step of a staircase (ATTENTION: we strongly discourage to use the RollerFoot on stairs.)
This allows the user in the street to manage a transition from the pavement to the sidewalk in one step. The video shows how this can be one. The maneuver requires a certain level of confidence and physical ability but is not out of reach of a regular physically able person. The detail instruction on this move is provided in the RollerFoot Instructional Video that we supply to every client.
Among all knee scooters, only RollerFoot is capable of stepping up or down. Unique design, small size and light weight of RollerFoot make this possible.
RollerFoot was featured on NBC’s WTMJ4 in Milwaukee on the Morning Blend show.
Anyone who’s had foot surgery for trauma or bunions knows what a pain it can be to get around without putting weight on your foot. In addition, most methods tie up your hands and make accomplishing daily activities difficult. That’s why we’re really excited to introduce you to RollerFoot! It provides smooth mobility with no weight on your foot, all while keeping your hands free following foot surgery!
Most people are not even aware of the many options that exist for them. This includes not only those who work at home but many in standing professions using both hands, such as surgeons, hair stylists, machinists, bar tenders, store clerks
This picture “Mom on RollerFoot” is a great testimony that our clients are very busy people and just can’t simply stop doing what they have to do. Many of them are mothers with families and children.
This one was sent to us by our client Heather L. She too continues to take care of her children and the household while non-weight bearing and recovering from a foot injury.
Her son drew Mom on the RollerFoot because he sees her all day long on the RollerFoot rolling around the house, taking care of things. Most noticeable on that drawing is that he shows himself and Mom close together. This means that Heather is doing an excellent job despite her predicament, and we are proud that RollerFoot is helping her to achieve that. What is also good to see is that both of them are smiling on the drawing. This means that the son feels that things are going great! What a blessing!
Our customer Heather is wearing an orthopedic boot and actively uses RollerFoot to walk after foot surgery. RollerFoot allows her to stay productive not only at home but outside and everywhere she goes. Watch how Heather is using her RollerFoot confidently, walking from the parking lot, onto the sidewalk and to the store. You can see that she is handling the rough spot on the pavement with ease. Her hands are free and she is walking almost naturally.
Notice, Heather also uses a special clip-on platform on her good foot to add a few inches of height to be more even on her legs with an orthopedic boot. The additional platform is called EvenUp. It also helps Heather to increase her height (5′) to better fit onto the RollerFoot. Our low limit on height is around 5’2″. But in the end Heather can easily walk after foot surgery with the aid of the RollerFoot!
Once she is inside the store and gets hold of the shopping cart, she would be flying through the store fast and comfortable to the amazement and amusement of others.
Watch a video of using RollerFoot with a shopping cart on our Video page.
If Heather were on one of those steerable knee walkers (knee scooters) with handle bars, she wouldn’t be able to use the shopping cart at all!!! You can now see that RollerFoot is really freeing up your hands and provides additional benefits compared to the regular steerable knee scooters.
RollerFoot continues to be the knee walker of choice
Here is our happy customer Holly of Chicago on the RollerFoot knee walker after restorative foot surgery. She is cruising along the streets, doing her own thing while keeping that foot elevated and her hands free.
She had just had her second restorative foot surgery and was non-weight bearing for over six weeks after that. All this time she was using the RollerFoot hands free knee scooter she rented from us. Holly used the RollerFoot first time a couple of years ago after her first surgery. This time she decided that the RollerFoot was still the best option compared to other steerable knee scooters and iWalkFree. As you can see Holly is completely comfortable to roll on the RollerFoot in the street, going in and out of stores, shops and cafes.
You can watch short videos – Holly on the RollerFoot in the streets of Chicago that she shot and allowed us to put up on our site for future customers of the RollerFoot. You can clearly see that Holly is completely confident in her use of the RollerFoot outside on the city sidewalks, and she had her hands free for additional convenience.
That is what you call a true independence from not only crutches, but also from the steering handle bars of other knee scooters or knee walkers! That is the best quality of life after a foot surgery that is only possible with the RollerFoot hands free knee walker!
Customers can rent or purchase brand new units on our site. We offer a variety of colors to fit all tastes of men and women. You can also ask us a question about the RollerFoot hands free knee scooter by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 414 704 7810.