Did you know that in the Egyptian hieroglyphics you can see how they used crutches? In 2012, Ignacio Mañero, CEO of KMINA, discovered this data about crutches while recovering from a sporting injury that forced him, one more time, to need crutches, including suffering pain in his hands as a consequence.
The inspiration came to him when he was eating nuts, based on a nutcracker he developed a wooden prototype of the crutches with forearm support and cushioning system. He teamed up with his friend Alejandro Vañó and with Dr Jaime Usabiaga, who specializes in traumatology and orthopaedic surgery. With the help of ‘destileria de Startups and Lanzadera’, 5 years and 8 prototypes later, in 2017, the KMINA crutches when on the market.
KMINA is the first crutch that avoids pain in the hands and wrists thanks to his design of forearm support and its patented cushioning system. The weight that before was supported by only the hands now is distributed by the whole arm, improving body posture and moving with greater freedom while using less energy.
At KMINA, we take care of every detail to try and improve the quality of life of all the people that need to use crutches from day to day and that have suffered all kinds of problems and injuries because of it, from calluses on the hands, discomfort in the bones and even arthritis and fractures.
Mechanical Engineer from ICAI, with experience in startups, in business consulting and in strategy consulting. He suffered using standard crutches many times, so he invented KMINA crutches.
Economist from Polytechnic University of Valencia, with experience in audit and business consulting. He also suffered using crutches after an accident.
PhD Jaime Usabiaga has wide experience in Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery. He was the Chief of Traumatology Division in University Hospital Donostia, professor, and speaker in many congresses. He knows well the pain that crutches cause in patients.
Graduate in journalism and advertisement