Clinically proven solution for knee pain
The Agilium Freestep is a clinically proven solution for everyday pain relief from knee osteoarthritis that also eliminates common concerns many patients have with traditional knee braces.
Over 6,000 people worldwide are living with less pain and more life thanks to the Ottobock Agilium Freestep. David went from 6 to 8 pain pills were day to 6-8 pain pills per week! And Heike never even considered a knee brace; she says, “knee braces are too bulky and uncomfortable.”
- Clinically proven design
- Application in the shoe instead of around the knee joint
- Simplified single strap application
- Low-profile design
- Lightweight materials
Application in the shoe
The Agilium Freestep is applied at the foot, inside the shoe, instead of around the knee. The Agilium Freestep controls the foot and ankle joint to off-load the knee joint, while knee braces use force and pressure to off-load the knee joint. These forces, used in knee braces, create challenges that typically result in discontinuation of the device.
Clinically proven design
The Agilium Freestep is clinically proven to provide pain relief from knee osteoarthritis and reduce joint stiffness. While just as effective as some knee braces, the Agilium Freestep takes an indirect approach, using an ankle-foot design to shift the weight bearing line to a healthy area of cartilage for pain relief.
Traditional knee braces can be bulky and awkward. Depending on the knee brace design, some may also make contact with the opposing leg. The slim design of the Agilium Freestep hugs the lower leg and leaves the knee joint free to move without limitations.
The lightweight yet durable construction combines the latest textile technology with the quality you expect from Ottobock. All of the soft materials can easily be removed and washed to support your everyday use.
Traditional knee braces often have multiple straps that create complexity when applying and using the brace. The Agilium Freestep is applied like a shoe and uses a single strap to reduce complexity and get you on your way without hassle.
Benefits at a glance
Less pain. More life.
The Agilium Freestep is the osteoarthritis pain reliever you can wear. Osteoarthritis patients can consume as many as 2,000 pain relieving pills per year costing between $500 and $5,000. These over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers come with side effects; while the only side effect of the Agilium Freestep is more life!
Fits well under clothes
Many osteoarthritis devices claim to fit under clothes, but the Agilium Freestep is the only device that discreetly fits under clothes with ease. And, without knee joints to rub against clothing, the Agilium Freestep won’t damage your clothes.
The Agilium Freestep is ideal for all day and everyday use. At about the weight of a tennis racquet, the Agilium Freestep seemingly disappears when applied. It allows patients to wear the device for longer periods of time without even realizing it.
Knee braces can feel constricting, especially when sitting between activities. The Agilium Freestep is applied at the foot, not the knee, and allows patients the freedom to sit and stand throughout the day with ease.
The Agilium Freestep is applied like a shoe making it easily applied for everyday use. The single strap reduces application complexity and time to ensure you are on your way more quickly in the Agilium Freestep.
Is Agilium Freestep right for me?
The Agilium Freestep is designed for medial or lateral knee osteoarthritis. Your physician can provide an exact diagnosis. However, the majority of folks with knee osteoarthritis have medial indication. This means the bones of the joint are creating pressure on the inside of the knee joint. Patients with this condition are typically bow-legged. Alternatively, a small percentage of patients have lateral knee osteoarthritis; meaning their bones rub on the outside of the knee joint. These patients are often knock-kneed.
Agilium Freestep is an ankle foot orthosis that offers dynamic off-loading of the knee joint to promote increased mobility and delay surgery for individuals with mild to moderate medial or lateral unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis.
Traditionally, knee osteoarthritis pain is treated with off-loading knee braces, which can be bulky and heavy. Unlike traditional off-loading knee braces, the Agilium Freestep is applied to the foot instead of the knee. The Agilium Freestep provides targeted relief for the damaged cartilage in the knee by changing the load line of the knee, which is where the body weight has the greatest impact on the cartilage.
The Agilium Freestep has been shown to reduce pain and stiffness resulting from knee osteoarthritis and increase function. It has been found to be as effective as a knee brace without the typical adverse effects of a knee brace. It is ideal for everyday pain relief
The Agilium Freestep was designed for medial and lateral unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis. The majority of individuals with knee osteoarthritis have a medial indication, which means the bones are creating pressure on the inside of the knee joint. People with a medial indication are typically bow-legged. A small percentage of individuals have lateral knee osteoarthritis, which means their bones are rubbing on the outside of the knee joint. These people are typically knock-kneed.
You should see your physician for an exact diagnosis. Some of the typical symptoms include:
• Cracking in the joint
• Knee pain when carrying heavy objects
• Knee pain during everyday activities, such as when climbing stairs
• Limited mobility
• Swelling and inflammation
A physician’s prescription is required for Agilium Freestep. Generally speaking, your primary care physician, rheumatologist, or orthopedic surgeon will prescribe the Agilium. If your insurance covers new technology like the Agilium Freestep, your physician may need to provide documentation to show that the device is medically necessary.
The Agilium products are intended to delay surgical intervention and reduce prescription drug use.
Please consult with your physician about using Agilium products after surgery. No case is the same, and your doctor can help identify what is best for you.
Insurance coverage varies. Not all of our products are covered by insurance, but we have options within the Agilium osteoarthritis product line that may be covered by insurance, including Medicare.
The MSRP for the Agilium Freestep is $950. Agilium Freestep is Health Saving Account (HSA) accepted and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) accepted.
Absolutely. But first, you must be seen by your physician to get an official diagnosis and prescription. Here’s how to get the process started:
1. Share this document with your physician and tell him or her that you would like to try the Agilium Freestep to relieve your osteoarthritis knee pain.
2. Ask your physician to refer you to an orthotist for an expert evaluation. If you do not have an orthotist, ask your physician for a referral. Ottobock can also recommend orthotists in your area.
3. Ask your physician to start the documentation process. Agilium Freestep requires a physician prescription. If your insurance covers new technology like the Agilium Freestep, we’ve prepared a Physician Documentation Guide to help your physician document the medical necessity of the orthosis in your medical record.
4. Contact Ottobock if you have any questions. Call 800 328 4058 and ask to speak with our Patient Navigator.