updated 07/02/2014 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/02/2014 AT 10:00 AM ET
“I wish everybody was so easy. He gets it. He’s mechanically inclined,” Brad Hunter, the director of business development for the iWalk crutch, tells PEOPLE.
“He’s a tough guy. He was in very good spirits – he was alert and very sharp,” Hunter says. “He wants his independence.”
“When you use normal crutches, you’re passive in your recovery, and you’re not using your leg, so you’re atrophying from day one. With this, you’re not. So it’s a very active way to do recovery,” Hunter says of the FDA-registered, hands-free device.
Hunter spoke with Ford on the phone to coach him on how to use the crutch, but says the actor didn’t need to wait for instruction.