Freedom Leg Makes Crutches a Thing of the Past

Freedom Leg

After the pain, the worst part of breaking a leg or ankle is the helplessness of having to hobble around on crutches. But what if you could trade in crutches for your very own prosthetic leg--without cutting off a real one? That's what FWD Mobility's Freedom Leg, an "off-loading prosthetic," allows users to do.

The Freedom Leg, designed from ultra lightweight composite materials, weighs just 2.6 pounds. (It's only slightly less cool than these casts.) The device straps to the thigh, and users simply walk normally to transfer the weight of everything from the knee down to the uninjured upper leg. The advantage of the Leg over crutches is twofold: it allows users to use both hands, and it keeps the upper leg muscles from withering.

FWD Mobility's Freedom Leg isn't yet available, but it is expected to cost $350 when it is released. A hefty sum, but isn't it worth it to have the freedom of mobility?

[Via Wired]

Add New Comment

8 Comments

  • Evcons

    Forward Mobility RIPPED ME OFF on this JUNK.  I sent back the freedom leg within 6 days of the 14 day return period.  The company won't return any emails or phone calls to discuss a refund.  The company's agent is Alex Modelski at 601 Union St. #1501 Seattle, WA 98101.  Would like to see him prosecuted.  Anyone want to join me?  evcons@aol.com

  • Tom Schwab

    As the largest distributor of crutch alternatives we have stopped carrying the Freedom Leg based upon consistent customer feedback. Of the first 25 units we sold (Jan-Mar 2010) over 80% were returned by customers with in 3 days due to: uncomfortable, didn't fit their body size, unable to adjust to get toe off ground, etc. Even those few that kept them called back with in a few weeks looking for replacements parts (not available) for worn out foot pads, velcro straps, etc.. Most concerning to us was the 180# man in his late twenties who reported a catastrophic failure of the beam while in use resulting in him falling. In our opinion, the Freedom Leg is a great idea but needs much more refinement in sizing options, durability, and quality before is can be both SAFE and effective for anyone

  • Evcons

    They RIPPED ME OFF as well.  Agent of record is Alex Modelski, 601 Union St. #1501, Seattle, WA 98101.  Refusing to return calls or emails to refund money.  Snakes.  Anyone want to see about prosecuting this guy?

  • Evcons

    They have RIPPED ME OFF.  I returned the Freedom Leg within 6 of the 14 days of the return period and they are now refusing to return my calls or emails.  I'm out over $500 for this piece of junk.  Joel Smith is a criminal.

  • Evcons

    They have RIPPED ME OFF.  I returned the Freedom Leg within 6 of the 14 days of the return period and they are now refusing to return my calls or emails.  I'm out over $500 for this piece of junk.  Joel Smith is a criminal.

  • Richard Geller

    I'm really sorry to hear that. When I read this article it sounded so promising.

  • Evcons

    I thought the same way.  Bone on bone arthritis of my ankle is difficult enough.  Trying to find a way to get around even more so.  Being taken advantage of in such a blatant way is unimaginable.  Beware.  I should have heeded the warnings of the blogs I read.