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Walker Boot

Walker Boot
Walker Boot

Overview:

It is important that you fit your walker boot correctly. If you don't, you may risk further damage or you could slow down your recovery. You will be shown how to fit your boot but if you need more help or have difficulty, you can always contact us for advice.

  • Pull a sock, very gently, up your foot. To ease any discomfort, scrunch your sock down and insert your toes into the toe part of the sock. Slowly UN-bunch the sock as you pull it up--like putting on tights or nylons. For foot and ankle injuries, you may need to tape your foot before putting on the sock
  • Open the boot by detaching the Velcro straps. Most boots will have between two and five Velcro straps depending on your injury and the stability of your ankle. Hold the Velcro straps back with one hand so that the front of the boot is completely opened
  • Sit down and place the boot behind your leg
  • Slide your foot and ankle back into the open boot. Completely detaching and pulling back on the Velcro straps will help your foot slide into the boot without needing to bend your foot or ankle
  • Release the Velcro straps from your hand. Thread the first Velcro strap (the strap closest to your toes) through the middle of the plastic threading bar on the other side of the boot. Then pull the strap over the bar and back to the other side. You should pull the strap tight enough to restrict foot and ankle movement but not too tight to restrict circulation
  • Thread and tighten all of the Velcro straps, from the bottom up. Get up from your seated position slowly and practice walking in your boot. Instead of walking heel-toe, your foot will roll from your heel to your toe. Many orthopedic boots are rounded to help your foot roll better. Walk around your home and up and down your stairs until you feel confident walking in your boot.
  • Use a cane or one crutch for added support and to ease any pain. For foot, ankle and lower leg injuries, your cane or crutch should be on the side of your body opposite to your injury. For example, if you have broken your right foot, hold the cane in your left hand or place the crutch under your left armpit. Once you feel comfortable walking with your boot, you can discontinue cane or crutch use unless your doctor recommends you still use one. (eHow)

Here is a video to help:

Developed by: Mr Andrew Ravenscroft