How to Choose the Best Walker Boot?
Also called as the air cast boot, medical boot, walking cast or fracture boot, a CAM Walker Boot is highly recommended for recovery from traumatic injuries and fractures as well as from post-operative surgeries. The walker boot assists in a faster healing process as it enables immobilization of the injured area while giving the freedom to carry out everyday activities. It acts as a preventive tool for the broken ankle or the foot that keeps them secured so as to avoid additional damage.
Choosing from an expansive range of these walker boots can be challenging and confusing as they all serve different purposes and come with various specifications and features, depending upon the severity and location of the injury. With this guide, we highlight the differences between various kinds of walker boots, their special features and the considerations that one must keep in mind in order to buy the right product for themselves.
1. Do you need a Short Boot or Tall Boot?
a. Short Walker Boot
Short Walker boot typically covers the foot up to the lower calf area right above the ankle. If the injury or the fracture has occurred somewhere on the foot or the ankle, then an ankle walker boot which is cut low on the ankle and provides coverage to the foot as well as the ankle would be the right fit for you. The short boot is ideal for post-operative foot surgery, digital and metatarsal fracture, and soft tissue trauma of the foot and ankle.
b. Tall Walker Boot
Tall fracture walker boot typically covers all the way up to the mid-calf. It provides complete coverage to the lower leg and is best for treating calf injuries, acute ankle sprains, stress fractures and soft tissue injuries of the lower leg, stable fractures of the foot or ankle. It stabilizes the entire region that is affected, providing greater stability and protection. Regardless of its height, it is a comfortable and lightweight design that safeguards the skin from the hard lining of the shoe and keeps it dry.
2. Do you need an Air Cast Boot?
Air walker boots are innovatively designed to envelope the entire covered area of the leg in an adjustable pneumatic air chamber for the highest level of support. Swelling is highly common in traumatic injuries like the metatarsal fracture. In order to control and elevate the edema, the inflatable air bladder is paired with the air cast boot which plays the most important role. Due to its easy release technology, the air medial gives the user the freedom to choose the desired level of compression and comfort at various stages of the recovery period. It also helps in an easy release of all the compressed air so that the user can remove the boot without any hassle. This technology also helps in a faster recovery time and typically these kind of Air Boots are also used to facilitate the transition down from a hard cast.
3. What Level of Support do you need?
Immobilization of the injured region in case of severe and traumatic fractures or post-operative surgeries is highly necessary as the process of healing will only take place when the movement is restricted. Hence, walker boots generally have two types of constructs.
a. Reinforced Plastic Shell and Uprights
For optimal amount of support and protection, a walker boot with a reinforced plastic shell and aluminum or metal uprights is efficient. This construct of the boot is ideal for sprained ankle or foot, acute heel pain and minute fractures of the ankle or foot as these injuries are not that severe and can be dealt with this level of support.
b. Semi-Rigid, Circumferential Shell
Walker Boots that have an all-around circumferential, semi-rigid shell play a substantial role in immobilizing and safeguarding the injured area when going through severe injuries like calf fracture, metatarsal stress fracture, ankle and foot fracture, bunion surgery and so. Such a kind of a shell that is relatively more firm provides enhanced stability and maximum support to the leg from all directions, preventing it from additional impairment.
4. Do you need a Toe Guard?
A Toe Guard is a protective instrument that will protect and support the injured toe in case of severe toe fractures. It also helps in limiting the motion of the toe as many of the muscles in the upper leg are attached to the toe. Most importantly, a toe guard transforms the boot to a Closed-toe design, enabling you to return to work faster.
You might want your toe to be densely protected for an effective recovery and sometimes you might want to maintain some space between your toe and the guard for more breathability of the toe. All toes are also not of the same size and hence an adjustable toe guard accommodates all these needs and adjustments.
A Removable toe guard can be removed for more comfort and breathability of the foot. It can be taken off as and when needed.
5. Other Important Features To Consider:
a. Rocker Bottom Sole:
The rocker bottom sole protects the foot and promotes its natural movement without inhibiting mobility.
b. Comfortable Foot Liners:
A comfortable foot liner is soft and will ensure that you don’t feel discomfort because of the other hard components of the walker boot.
c. Ventilated Panels:
Walker Boots with ventilated panels ensure that a degree of air circulation is maintained so as to let the foot breathe more.
d. Shock absorption:
When suffering from a broken toe or ankle due to injuries or fractures, a soft, cushioned insole is highly advisable as it provides greater shock absorption and comfort. it reduces the heel strike which might occur when movement of the foot takes place.
6. Additional Pressure Pads:
Achieving custom compression for specific areas of the injured region can be easy with the help of adjustable pads. These pads can be placed wherever the compression is required. They are also very comfortable as they are soft and lightweight.
We understand that each individual will have different requirements due to various different injuries or fractures that might occur. Hence, our range of these fracture walker boots is also diverse to cater to different medical requirements.
Information provided on The Wellness Store blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. The Wellness Store recommends consulting a doctor if you are experiencing medical issues or concerns.