Dec 21, 2014

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Using a Walking Boot to Treat Ankle Fractures

A fracture of the ankle happens when there is a break in one or several of the ankle bones. Treating a broken ankle, however, is not as simple as you think because it is usually determined by the stability of the ankle joint. For example, broken ankles that are relatively stable may be treated similar to sprains. All other types of ankle fractures, however, usually need surgery rather than a walker boot. An operation for a fractured ankle usually involves permanently implanting a metal hardware that will help hold the ankle bones in place during the healing process.

Irrespective of the severity of the broken ankle, though, a walking boot is usually used for treatment. In cases of minor ankle fractures, a high-top walking boot may be enough to serve as a splint as well as provide stabilization and to protect the ankle while the natural healing process takes its course, although a short walking boot or low top walking boot may be used, depending on the type of ankle fracture. A good-quality walking boot also provides the patient with full range of motion in the ankle, thus allowing the patient to walk around even while waiting for the ankle to heal fully.

For severe fractures requiring an operation, high-top walking boots can serve as post-operative walking boots, helping the patient in the rehabilitation of the ankle. A walker boot serves as a replacement for the splint or cast worn after surgery that serves as an ankle immobilizer.

Cam Walker Boot Treatment for a Fractured Ankle

Because symptoms of an ankle fracture (pain, bruising, ankle instability, abnormal ankle position, and lack of motion) can be similar to an ankle sprain, it is important to have it diagnosed correctly using an X-ray. Treatment of a broken ankle is determined by the stability of the ankle joint. For instance, those ankle fractures that are considered stable may be treated similar to ankle sprains. All other types, however, usually require surgery,

Regardless of the degree of fracture, a cam walking boot can be effectively used to treat broken ankles. In the case of a stable fracture, a short cam walker or short cam boot may be enough to serve as a splint and to provide stability and protection for the ankle while it heals and, at the same time, providing the patient with full range of motion in the ankle. This allows the patient to be able  to walk around even during the healing process. In the case of  more severe fractures that require surgery, a short cam walker boot can function as post-operative walking boots that can help the patient rehabilitate his or her ankle while waiting for it to heal. A cam boot walker often replaces a cast or splint that is worn right after surgery to help immobilize the ankle. 

Walking Boot for Sprained Ankle

How does a sprained ankle occur? This type of injury, which is one of the most common orthopedic injuries worldwide, happens when the ankle is suddenly tweaked or twisted sideways. Ankle sprains commonly occur during sporting events and frequently happen to people who play sports (such as volleyball, basketball, and similar sports) where a lot of jumping, running, or pivoting is done. This is the reason why athletes are highly susceptible to sprains of the ankle which may require a boot for sprained ankle.  For example, a basketball player or a volleyball player can suffer a badly tweaked ankle when he or she lands on another player's foot following a jump. Ankle sprains, though, can also happen to people who engage in more routine and everyday tasks.

Ankle sprains are classified into three grades depending on how severe the injury is: Grade I, Grade II, and Grade III. Grade I sprains only involve stretching of the ligament, without any tears, and the patient experiences symptoms that include swelling and pain. Most grade 1 sprain patients, however, are able to walk on their own without the help of a walking boot for broken ankle. In the case of a grade II sprain, though, partial ligament tearing is often involved,  and there is partial bruising. Those suffering from this type of sprain are able to walk using a walking boot or cam boot walker. For this type of injury, a high-top walking boot is preferred. Lastly, a grade III sprain is the most severe and usually involves a full tear of the ligaments. Severe pain in the injured ankle is experienced, and walking can be difficult—even when wearing a sprained ankle boot.

A comfortable sprained ankle walking boot can help soothe the pain caused by ankle sprains. An ankle walking boot helps in the immobilization of the injured area while still helping to provide just enough range of motion needed to stretch the injured ligaments in the ankle joint, thus helping to expedite the healing process.

A Broken Foot Boot or Foot Brace Boot for Severe Injuries

A sprained ankle happens when you suddenly twist or tweak your ankle sideways. For instance, ankle sprains can happen when a basketball player or a volleyball player lands on another player's foot after a jump. Sprains of the ankle, however, also occurs in more routine and everyday tasks. A Grade III sprain is the most severe, and usually involves complete tear of the ligaments. There is severe pain in the injured ankle and walking can be difficult, even when wearing a walker boot. The next most severe type of ankle injury is a broken ankle or broken foot. Surgery for a broken ankle usually involves a cast or a permanet implant of a piece of metal which will help hold the ankle bones in place while the healing process takes its course. After the cast is off or during the surgery healing period, however, a broken ankle walking boot or walking boot for broken foot needs to be worn to help the bones stay in place until they have fused back together completely.

A medical boot for sprained ankle or broken ankle can help alleviate pain in the ankle caused by sprains or fractures. An ankle walking boot helps immobilize the injured area while still providing enough range of motion to help stretch the injured ligaments in the ankle joint, thus helping speed up recovery. 

Stress Frature Boots from BraceAbility

The Corflex Pneumatic Walker is a comfortable stress fracture walking boot with a cushion sole that is ideal for both ankle fractures and severe sprains as well as soft-tissue injuries. This tall walking boot for stress fracture is also ideal for use after post-cast removal and post-surgical application. The Corflex Walker Boot features an easy-to-use air pump that provides the desired compression level and helps accommodate swelling. This foot boot for stress fracture is constructed of durable and malleable metal uprights.

Another high-top boot for stress fracture that is indicated for foot fractures and severe sprains and strains is the Corflex Tri Shell Pneumatic Walker. This strss fracture foot boot, which can also be used for post-op or post-cast management after removal, features posterior and anterior shells with dual chamber liner for optimal compression and stability.

Another low-top walking boot that is indicated for foot fractures and severe sprains and strains is the Corflex Ankle Fixed Walker. This walking boot, which can also be used for post-op or post-cast removal, also provides stability for the ankle with low natural heel that helps reduce low length discrepancy.

The Ossur walking boot is a comfortable walking boot with a cushion sole that is ideal for both ankle fractures and severe sprains as well as soft-tissue injuries. This walking boot for plantar fasciitis will be available soon at Braceability, as well as a Crow walker boot. A cam boot walker comes in many variations, and we will be adding more cam walkers, walking cam boots, and walker boots soon which are all ideal for use after post-cast removal and post-surgical application. A walking boot for broken toe and achilles walking boot will also be added to our walking boot lineup, so check back often. If you are not sure what type of walker boot you require, or you are looking for a cam walking boot that you don't see on the website today, our customer service representatives are here to help. To speak with one, please call us at (866) 712.7808. We'll be glad to assist you in any way we can.

 
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