If you are recovering after an injury or surgery and have been instructed by your doctor to stay non weight bearing (NWB), you may be considering the Hands Free Crutch option to crutches. Also known by the brand name iWALKFree, this prosthetic like device that resembles a peg leg, straps securely to your leg allowing you to bear weight through your knee all while freeing up your hands.
Do you need a prescription from your doctor to get a Hands Free Crutch?
No prescription should be needed to rent or purchase a crutch alternative. These devices are classified as Durable Medical Equipment with a HCPCs Code of E0118: Crutch alternative with or with out wheels. While crutch alternatives must be registered with the FDA they are not regulated as tightly as drugs that require a physician's prescription to dispense.