iWALKFree was formed in 1999 with the mission of bringing hands free / pain free mobility to the world. More than a decade later, were still at it, and remain the world leader in hands free crutches
Necessity is the Mother of Invention…and the World Needed an Alternative to Crutches
Lance, a fifth generation farmer from Ontario, Canada, had no idea he was about to revolutionize the world of crutches. After sustaining a broken foot he was relegated to crutches and unable to go about his day-to-day activities.
For Lance, crutches simply were not good enough. He spoke with disdain; “Crutches…are tremendously impractical, uncomfortable, and ridiculous.” After researching the market, he was amazed to find that there wasnt a better alternative to conventional crutches”.
The inspiration to create a better option to medical crutches stuck. Lance, also an accomplished carpenter, took to his workshop and constructed the first iWALKFree prototype out of wood in less than an hour. The wooden hands-free crutch gave him full use of his arms and hands, and worked so well that it allowed him to remain active and independent during his rehabilitation. He was able to resume normal activity immediately. Lance had created the first practical way to walk without crutches.
Lance developed a revolutionary crutch that would meet the mobility needs of people with lower leg injuries, yet keep their hands free. Due to the freedom from crutches his new device represented, he named it the iWALKFree.
Lance didnt originally set out to start an orthopedic device company, but the device was noticed by the good doctors and orthopaedic technologists at Torontos Sunnybrook Health Science Center – one of the leading orthopaedic research facilities in North America. They were thrilled with the possibilities that the iWALK crutch substitute created. Clinical trials were immediately started and patent protection obtained.