A walking boot, also known as a walking cast helps to restrain the movement of the ankle while walking. This helps keep the ankle in one position thus preventing further injury. It is commonly used to treat lower leg and foot injuries such as the ankle, foot and shin fractures, ankle sprains, Achilles injuries or calf muscle tears. The main purpose of walking cats is to aid the healing process in order to avoid surgery.
Types of walking boots
Walking boots are either stiff or soft depending on the requirement of the patient. Stiff boots generally provide more support and immobilization to the ankle as compared to soft boots. The sole of the boot also varies. Rocker soles make it easier to walk especially for long hours. Whereas the other soles such as the flat and slip-proof sole are used by patients, who walk less and stand more.
Effect of walking boots
Different walking boots have different effects on patients. A doctor recommends the right walking cast for the patient according to the patient’s condition. Long and stiff walking boots are used by patients who suffer from severe injuries such as Achilles tendon rupture. On the other hand, soft boots are used to position and align the ankle after a less severe injury such as a strain.
Features of a walking boot
Walking boots are equipped with multiple straps that employ Velcro to keep the boot in place. Some include additionally removable sleeves that can be easily washed. This keeps the boot clean and free of stinky odors even if you wear it for a month.
Your doctor will recommend a walking cast according to your requirement and condition. A walking cast can be a ray of sunshine in your dark, painful days.