Quick Answer: Do I Have To Wear My Walking Boot All The Time?

What is the difference between a walking boot and a cast?

Whether it’s a small stress fracture or post-op from a major foot trauma, nowadays foot injuries are treated with walking braces and walking boots instead of heavy casts.

A medical walking boot is lighter and more comfortable to wear than a heavy cast and can be easier to walk in..

How do you walk up and down stairs with a walking boot?

To go up, bring your good leg up first, and your affected leg up afterwards, and last bring your crutch onto the step. To go down, first place your crutch on the step below, then bring your affected leg down a step, then your good leg.

How do you shower with a walking boot?

Put your leg inside a plastic trash bag and tape the top around your leg. If you can take the boot off when you shower, pat the area dry after you shower. Then put the boot back on. If your boot gets a little wet, you can dry it with a hair dryer.

Can you get a blood clot from wearing a walking boot?

If you wear a plaster cast or brace for several days or weeks, the blood flow through your veins is slower than if you can move normally. This increases the risk of a blood clot (thrombus) forming in a leg or pelvic vein. Blood clots may end up blocking veins, preventing blood from flowing through them properly.

Is a walking boot better than a cast?

For all patients with ankle fracture, immobilisation is a critical part of treatment. Short-leg walking boots (WBs) have been reported to be an effective alternative to plaster casts (PCs) that could shorten this postoperative recuperative period.

How do you know if you need a walking boot?

Typically, small foot fractures or even shin fractures require these boots. A foot that needs to be immobilized after surgery may be kept still in this type of brace, too. Severe sprains, Achilles tendon injuries, and torn muscles are all often treated with this style of cast.

What does a walking boot do?

A controlled ankle motion walking boot, or CAM boot, also sometimes called a below knee walking boot or moon boot, is an orthopedic device prescribed for the treatment and stabilization of severe sprains, fractures, and tendon or ligament tears in the ankle or foot.

Can I drive with a walking boot on my left foot?

Yes and no, as it’s not specifically illegal to drive with a broken leg or foot, but if a doctor advises you not to drive then you legally cannot get behind the wheel.

What size walking boot should I get?

The answer is to buy your boots so you’ve got a little bit of extra room for the warmer months (say a half size bigger), but not too much so they’ll also fit in winter and your feet won’t move around in them.

What injuries require a walking boot?

Injuries that can utilise a walking boot include ankle, foot and shin (tibia or fibula) fractures, ankle sprains, achilles injuries or calf muscle tears. Your doctor or physiotherapist will recommend a walking boot to you if they feel that this is the most appropriate treatment.

Do you sleep with a walking boot?

It is advised to sleep with one’s walking boot on but with the straps loosened for optimal comfort. A helpful tip when sleeping with one’s boot on is to surround the leg with pillows to make sure the injured foot is supported. This will also make it unlikely for one to displace their foot, leading to further injury.

Can I take my walking boot off at home?

If supplied, wear the boot for comfort and use crutches when walking. It is ok to take the boot off at night, when resting at home and to wash. Regularly perform the exercises below to get your movement back.

How many hours a day should you wear a walking boot?

DO wear your sock and boot any time you are on your feet. DO spend about 2 to -3 hours each day with your ankle elevated above the level of your heart.