Quick Rant

October 30th, 2018

Okay. I ordered the iWalk and a knee scooter the day before I had surgery because I knew I would need it. I had to be able to do stuff around the house or I would lose my frickin’ mind.

Now, let me start by saying I could NOT get along without that iWalk. I use it a lot. More than the knee scooter. Actually, that knee scooter was probably a waste of money, I think I’ve used it once and it was outside (tried to take the dog around the neighborhood). I find the knee scooter to be kind of tipsy and unstable. If you hit even the tiniest pebble or twig it threatens to dump you on your ass. And it has a large turning radius, which is not great in my house. The iWalk let’s you use your hands! Yay! I can cook dinner, I can do some cleaning, I can feed the animals. Awesome.

But. The iWalk, while great!, is not the most comfortable. I’ve tried foam cushioning, extra padding…tons of stuff. But it just hits me above my cast in a weird way (right where the cast ends and my leg begins) and it’s a little painfully and annoying. And if worn for long periods of time, sweaty. But I’m going to call utter bullshit on some of those testimonials on their website. HIKING? Hiking. Some guy went hiking. And some girl climbed up a mountain of rocky terrain to get to the summit. Some guy said he walked around some european town for like 8 hours. Oh hell no. Granted, these were younger folk, maybe 20ish. But COME ON. I spend an hour in that thing trying to throw the ball for my poor neglected dog and I have to come in and rip it off.

Maybe it’s just me. It must be, because they are really popular with gimpers like us. Also, I think there is a lot of user error involved on my part. I keep tripping on my pirate leg a bit…hmmm….perhaps I need to lower it.

End Rant

(If the iWalk company is a sponsor of this site in any way, I apologize, and will remove this post)


3 Responses to “Quick Rant”

  1. cserpent on October 30, 2018 8:31 pm

    Your cast might be too high up on your leg. I had to cut mine back since it would dig into the back of my leg when I was on the knee scooter. And I went in once to have them redo it shorter since the edges are a bit rough when I cut it back myself. You may find the iwalk more comfortable when you get a boot.

    I never even heard of the iwalk before my first surgery so I just got the knee scooter. After I found this blog I heard about the iwalk. I did have to be careful using it outside and getting it around corners in the house requires a bit of lifting and turning but it did the job for both my surgeries.

  2. dan914 on October 31, 2018 2:14 pm

    I shied away from the scooter based upon reviews just like yours. I did get an iWalk, but to be honest, it didn’t work that well for me either. By the time I was sort of “comfortable” with it, I was in a boot, and it wasn’t long after that I was FWB, so I really didn’t need it anymore. I bough mine through Amazon, and they did take it back.

    I found the iWalk bothered my hips and lower back (I have a history of back issues) enough that I was afraid of it for more than few minutes work.

  3. kamueller on October 31, 2018 6:27 pm

    I agree. A friend let me borrow hers while I was NWB and it helped me get up the stairs and put laundry away, but that’s about it. It was uncomfortable to use for a prolonged period of time. I preferred the scooter for sure! I could never quite get the iWalk adjustments just right.

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