Question:

I have just been diagnosed with Charcot joint and my Dr. referred me to your website. Will this help to stabilize both my foot and ankle while healing:

Answer:

Yes, the Low Top Pneumatic Walking Cast would be a really good choice to use for your recovery. It is designed to stabilize the foot and ankle.

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Question:

How far out should your toes be - to the end of the boot or an inch or two back in the boot?

Answer:

There is no set rule about how this boot should fit, but ideally your toes should have some protection in front of them. Two inches is probably too much space at the tip of the boot to walk comfortably, but an inch to quarter of an inch would be perfect.


Question:

How tight should the boot fit at the base and around the calf of the leg?

Answer:

The boot should be snug enough so that your foot and ankle do not move around. There are foam pads that come with the boot to place in areas that need snugging up. And the pneumatic pump should be used just until the liner feels a little snug.


Question:

Is it normal protocol to require absolutely no weight bearing for a metatarsal foot fracture? I have a fracture of the second metatarsal of my right foot. The first doctor told me it was healing nicely and I could go back to work if it didn't hurt (no boot or nothing), then I saw an orthopedic surgeon who put me on crutches and told me no weight bearing for 6 weeks (I've already been resting it for 2 weeks already, but was told those didn't count since I walked on it). I'm a student, so crutches aren't a viable option, so I'm wondering if this walking cast would be sufficient. It seems like overkill to use crutches if I get a walking cast like this and stay off it as much as possible. Your thoughts?

Answer:

We're not your doctor so we can't recommend treatment plans or comment on which may be better for you. But I can recommend that you read our knowledge base pages on metatarsal fractures. I think you'd gain a lot from the information in that article. Would the low top walker be a good choice for you? Certainly, but only if you doc gives you the thumbs up.


Question:

Would you recommend the low-top air cast for a minor calcaneal fracture?

Answer:

The Low Top Pneumatic Walking Cast is a good choice for a minor calcaneal fracture as it provides support and immobility of the foot and ankle without being as cumbersome as the full High Top walking cast.


Question:

Would the low top walking boot be overkill for a chronic mid foot sprain that has not healed after 14 weeks or would something like the carbon plate sole be more appropriate? X-rays and MRI were normal and my work prevents me from being off my feet. 

Answer:

Without a diagnosis it’s tough to say for certain how to approach the problem but I think you’re on the right track with both of these products. If the pain is severe and you need something to limit activities, I’d go with the low top walker. If the pain is manageable and you can be a bit more active, the carbon spring plate is going to be the better choice for you. The carbon spring plate simply stiffens the shoe acting like a brace inside your existing shoe.


Question:

Are there special instructions for washing the insert of the boot? Also, do you sell inserts for the boot?

Answer:

The soft boot insert can be washed by hand in warm soapy water and then air dried. We don't normally sell the insert/lining separately but we could special order it for you.


Question:

I have severe peroneal tendonitis, and am considering the low pneumatic boot. I've had the cam walker before and found it miserable. Wonder if the low boot would be more comfortable and would it help with the tendonitis?

Answer:

When treating peroneal tendinitis, a walker can help, but it’s really just one method of rest. Resting the tendon by a cast, off-loading with crutches or even using a hard non-weight bearing cast are all methods that simply rest the tendon and enable healing. I wouldn’t really think of a walking cast as your starting point of treatment. There’s another option that you can try that will enable you to be ambulatory while treating the peroneal tendinitis.

Take a peek at our lateral sole wedges. The lateral sole wedges are used to inhibit the foot from rolling to the outside (lateral side). By doing so, you splint the foot in a way that allows for healing of the peroneal tendon. Lateral sole wedges are much easier to use compared to the walker and less expensive.

And finally, have you had an MRI to rule out a tendon tear? Tendon tears will not heal with treatment other than surgery.

 


Question:

Would the low boot be a good choice for the metatarsal fracture, I am in the low post surgery shoe, but I do want to mend nicely. What support do they provide for the fracture?

Answer:

This would be a good choice for a metatarsal fracture as it provides great support for your entire foot while allowing you more freedom of movement than a tall walking cast. The Low Top Pneumatic Walking Cast has inflatable air cells that help immobilize and protect your foot while it heals. It is easier to walk in than a post-op shoe because it has a rocker sole that propels you forward during gait.


Question:

i don't understand the directions...is the compressiom to be applied all the while during the healing process or only to relieve pain when it starts?

Answer:

The purpose of the air compression is to stabilize your foot and ankle and reduce swelling, both of which make healing faster. So, the more you use the compression, the faster you heal.


Question:

Can you please recommend the type of walking cast for a talar dome lesion? My husband has had persistent pain after twisting his ankle -- over a year ago. He has been wearing an ankle brace for a year with no improvement. One doctor suggested he wear a "boot" for 6 weeks, but did not specify the type. There seem to many choices. Can you recommend one for this condition?

Answer:

It’s important to understand the staging of talar dome fractures. So much of what may or may not work for your husband depends upon the stage of the talar dome lesion. Have you had confirmation of a talar dome fracture or are you assuming that due to your husband’s persistent pain that he may have a talar dome lesion? A pneumatic high top walker may help with a stage 1 lesion but not with stage 2-4.


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