10/30/2014

iWALKFree, Inc.

Harrison Ford uses "Hands off" approach in his recovery with the new iWalk2.0

Harrison Ford Descending Stairs in London on the iWALK2.0

Actor Harrison Ford was first spotted in London wearing a unique new “Pirate Leg” crutch. The device, which replaces conventional underarm or forearm crutches, allowed the actor to walk unassisted with hands and arms free. He was seen refusing assistance from friends while descending stairs on the iWALK2.0 hands free crutch.


Ford was injured while filming Star Wars Episode 7. Obviously someone with Ford’s resources has access to the best medical care available, and can choose any rehabilitation device that exists. So why would a movie star choose the iWALK2.0? The better question – why wouldn’t they? Crutches hurt and it’s impossible to lead an active, functional lifestyle. So whether you’re an actor, a teacher, a parent – no matter what you do, other mobility devices don’t allow you to lead a functional independent life.


Brad Hunter, Director of Business Development for iWALKFree, Inc. worked personally with Ford in the fitting and training of the device. Most people self-fit the crutch, but when Mr. Ford called, as with all our customers, we were happy to help.” Added Hunter, “Mr. Ford was eager to get started, and the whole process took about five minutes and was done over the phone. Harrison is very mechanically inclined and was easy to teach. He quickly understood how to tailor the device for himself. He was motivated, and even jumped the gun on getting started. When we had finished the fitting portion and asked him if he was ready to take his first steps.” “Too late”, replied Ford, adding “I’m already walking around the room holding my cell phone. My therapist is trying to follow me – she can’t believe it!” A couple days later, the 71 year old actor was captured by a photographer descending a flight of stairs outside of a London restaurant.


Whether the iWALK2.0 will get the actor back on the set is unknown, but it wouldn’t be the first time. Jacksonville Jaguar reporter and TV personality Kavita Channe was recently injured and used her iWALK2.0 to continue her reporting activities throughout her rehabilitation period.


ABOUT IWALK 2.0
Everyone hates crutches. Crutches hurt your hands and wrists, and maintaining a normal routine is impossible because you can’t use your hands or arms. The iWALK2.0, a hands free crutch which some refer to as the “Pirate Leg Crutch”, solves this age old problem in a simple, obvious and intuitive way.


The iWALK2.0 is used for all lower leg injuries. The user supports their weight by kneeling on the device rather than using their hands and arms as with conventional crutches. This allows the user to walk on both legs with only minor gait adaptation.


“Over four million people buy crutches in the USA alone” said Brad Hunter, Director of Business Development for iWALKFree, Inc., “And all four million people hate them. This is totally unnecessary now that people have a better choice. Added Hunter, “The iWALK2.0 recruits your uninjured upper leg instead of your hands and arms, so walking and standing is intuitive,
efficient and pain free. Most users are iWALKing in less than a minute.”


The iWALK2.0 made its debut at Medtrade in Orlando, Florida in October 2013 and was awarded the Innovation Award as the best product of the show. Since then, iWALK2.0 has swept the product awards at every show they’ve attended, including Medtrade West and ECRM (Pharmacy related trade show).


Said Hunter, “We’re proud to have gained the recognition and acceptance of the industry, but more important, this helps validate that the technology works. It’s difficult to bring a new concept to market, and achieving the buy-in of the medical device community is our first step in bringing a main stream awareness that the days of suffering on crutches are over.”


The iWALK2.0 has a retail price of $149.00 and can be worn by anyone with average strength and balance.


iWALKFree, Inc. was founded in 1999 and produced the world’s first commercially successful hands free crutch. Ten years experience resulted in the new iWALK2.0 which debuted in October 2013.


More information about the iWALK2.0 can be found at www.iwalk-free.com.


If you have additional questions or to schedule an interview with Brad Hunter, please e-mail to bhunter@iwalk-free.com or call 562 225-4200