Sprained / Broken Ankle Boots

BraceAbility offers a number of walking boots for sprained ankle or fractured ankle care since both are relatively common injuries. You can find these sprained/broken ankle boots in numerous styles and heights as the location, severity and stability of one’s injury will dictate one’s treatment and medical ankle boot selection. 

Causes and Symptoms of Ankle Sprains and Fractures

Generally speaking, both ankle sprains and fractures occur when one’s ankle is forced out of its normal position, which can overstretch or tear its supporting ligaments and/or break one or several of the bones that make up the ankle.

This might occur if one twists, rotates or rolls the ankle, or if the ankle is subject to trauma as might be the case in a car accident.

Whether one breaks or sprains the ankle, the symptoms typically consist of pain (especially with weight bearing… if one can even bear weight), swelling, bruising and limited range of motion. If a break shifts one’s ankle joint out of position, a visible deformity may be evident. If one sprains the ankle, he or she may also hear an audible pop.

Walking Boot for Sprained Ankle Treatment, and Other Modes of Treatment

In many cases, following the steps of RICE—rest, ice, compress, elevate—is sufficient for treating a sprained ankle.

But in some cases where a sprain leaves a joint unstable, one may need to wear a cast or sprained ankle walking boot that immobilizes and protects the joint for a period of time so that it can heal properly. In some cases one may also need to use crutches for a brief period to reduce pain and stress on the joint.

One affordable sprained ankle boot option is BraceAbility’s stress fracture walking boot, which comes with a deluxe foam liner for user comfort and metal reinforced uprights for secure support. This is one of our most popular boots for an ankle sprain.

For an even more comfortable fit, one might consider ordering BraceAbility’s sock liner for CAM walker boots. The single sock offers a thick layer of protection against an ankle fracture or ankle sprain boot, but the moisture wicking, breathable fabric is comfortable against the skin. One can order this circulation-enhancing sock to work with either low or high-top ankle boot for sprains.

Once one’s swelling has gone down, one may need to undergo a physical therapy regimen to return the leg and ankle to their level pre-injury level of function.

As one gradually returns to athletic activity, a flexible ankle brace or sleeve can add a layer of protection against reinjury.

Role of a Broken Ankle Boot in Treatment for Such Injuries

Generally speaking, the more bones that are broken in one’s ankle, the more likely the ankle is to be unstable. And whether one can get by with wearing a walking boot for broken ankle care or if surgery is needed largely depends upon the stability of one’s ankle and where the break occurs.

If one’s broken bone(s) remain in place or have shifted marginally, a doctor might recommend the use of a high-top shoe, a short cast or an ankle fracture boot to stabilize the ankle. Such items offer some extra support and protection to the ankle as it heals. In some cases, a doctor may also recommend a period of no or limited weight bearing for a stable ankle fracture.

One might consider this popular short air medical boot for a broken ankle or foot whose support and compression can be adjusted by adjusting its inflation.

We also offer a tall air boot for sprained or broken ankles. This orthopedic boot for broken ankles has a rocker-style bottom and a low-profile heel that encourages a more natural gait.

If the break is an unstable one, surgery to move the bone fragment(s) back into position and fix them in place via screws, plates, etc. will likely be necessary. It usually takes at least six weeks for broken bones to heal and that recovery period will likely be extended if ligaments and tendons are also damaged.

After a period of immobilization, a medical professional may recommend using an ankle walker boot as one transitions back to normal activity.

Another critical component of recovering from an ankle break is physical therapy to rehabilitate the ankle and leg to their former level of function. A removable ankle fracture boot makes it much easier to perform the necessary stretches and exercises than if one was confined to a cast for a broken ankle.

When one does work back into sports, an ankle brace may be needed for added support.