Using the iWALK 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

Your Safety always comes first!

 

Before you try walking on your iWALK2.0 for the first time, make certain that:

 

 

  • You have assembled and fit the iWALK2.0 according to our instructions.

 

  • You could walk normally prior to your injury.

 

  • You have at least average strength and balance.

 

  • Your uninjured leg is fully functional.

 

  • You have watched and will follow our Fitting and Use videos and read the corresponding instructions.

 

  • You’re dedicated and enthusiastic to spend 5-20 minutes to learn to walk on the iWALK2.0.

 

 

 

Hints and Tips

 

  • See what to expect it will be like iWALKing for the first time by viewing at least four of our First Time User videos.

 

  • Location – Pick an environment that allows you to take as many steps as possible without turning around or navigating around objects. Ideally, you will have a wall or rail to give you confidence.   Hallways work well.

 

  • Surface – Hard level surfaces are the best!   Definitely avoid padded carpets for learning.

 

  • Be confident!   When walking on the crutch, commit all your weight onto the crutch. Don’t favor your crutch leg – just walk normally. You’ll learn way faster if you don’t baby it.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch and follow our video instructions then read the step by step instructions below.   When you’re done, it’s time to get started iWALKing!

 

 

 

Using the iWALK 2.0 with a cast or boot

Normally you can use iWALK2.0 with a cast or boot without any problems. But in some situations with boots that are high on your shin, you can develop a painful “hot spot” at the upper edge of the boot or cast. We’re going to show you why this happens, and how to easily fix it.

Possible Probelm

Figure 1 shows where a painful spot can occur with some boots or casts

Without a cast or boot, the front of your shin contacts the knee platform uniformly as shown by the dotted line above.

Some boots or casts cause the shin above the boot or cast to be elevated so it doesn’t contact the Knee Platform. This concentrates most of your weight to the upper edge of the boot, which can result in a sore, tender area. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution.

Solution

Simply fill the unsupported gap with additional padding. You can use various foams, a folded hand towel or other means to build up this area.

Build it up a bit higher than you think you’ll need – the foam will compress to the correct height. Experiment with what works best for your particular boot or cast. A quick fix is to purchase a replacement Knee Platform Pad and cut it to the correct length. The peel and stick backing makes installation very quick and easy.

Although uncommon, sometimes it helps to add some extra padding at the back of the Knee Platform also.  Try different combinations until you find the one that you like best.

Still have questions or concerns?

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