Pneumatic Air Cast Boots

Benefits of the Airboot Feature

What exactly is the pneumatic feature? This airboot feature allows the individuals to pump air into the boot, compressing the injury. This addition controls swelling, helps reduce pain and improves healing time. The air cast boot helps to contour around the leg ultimately reducing the movement within the one’s walker airboot or air ankle stirrup.

Recommended injuries to use the pneumatic air feature with:

  • Sprained Ankles
  • Broken Foot
  • Metatarsal Stress Fracture
  • Post Surgery Injuries
  • Pressure Sores
  • Toe Fractures

Injury not listed above? Look at other common foot problems to help decipher if the air boot feature would benefit one’s injury.

How Much Inflation is too Much Inflation in One’s Air Boot?

Since the aircast feature isn’t automatic, it allows one to inflate their air walker to the desired amount of pressure needed for comfort of the injury. It’s important to be knowledgeable on when too much inflation in one’s boot could cause harm to one’s injury. If one was to over inflates the air cells in the boot, it could possibly cause skin irritation to the area. An example of this skin irritation is a pressure sore, which is result of prolonged pressure on a specific spot on the body. When wearing an air boot cast for a long period of time, make sure one is getting checked regularly by their physician to ensure that there isn’t skin irritation or the beginning stages of pressure sores.

Make sure when one is wearing an air cam walker one is staying conscious of discomfort occurring to the foot. Discomfort usually coincides with the healing process but over inflation can cause additional pain. If one is feeling extra tenderness in the area, deflate the air pressure to a comfortable position. To relieve more pressure on the site of injury, pair one’s air boot with insoles to help ease the pain and provide more support.

During the healing process, spend a few hours a day with one’s foot elevated above your heart and deflate the air pressure slightly. While resting one’s foot, it can be beneficial to apply the R.I.C.E. technique to help with recovery. Higher pressure is advised when one is walking or doing other physical activity, whereas lower pressure is recommended and more comfortable when sitting or lying down. If one is going to sleep with their pneumatic compression boot on, release some air pressure to a lower level and ensure that there is no direct pressure on the injury.

Three Different Degrees of Ankle Sprains to Pair with an Aircast Boot

It is very common to twist one’s ankle exercising, playing sports, or just plain landing on it wrong. A sprained ankle results when ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range. Many people have experienced this pain, but there are different levels or degrees of severity. Although each person is different, there can be many different treatments, symptoms, and recovery times specific towards the degree of sprain.

Three different degrees of ankle sprains:

  • 1st Degree: Slight stretching of the ligaments
    • Symptoms: Mild pain, some swelling, joint instability, and difficulty jumping or jogging
    • Treatment: R.I.C.E method, rest and immobilize the ankle
    • Recovery: Depending on severity, around 1-2 weeks
  • 2nd Degree: Incomplete tearing of the ligaments
    • Symptoms: Significant swelling, bruising, moderate pain, and loss of motion in the ankle as well as trouble walking
    • Treatment: R.I.C.E method, air splints, and ibuprofen
    • Recovery: Depending on severity, around 3-6 weeks
  • 3rd Degree: Complete tearing of the ligaments
    • Symptoms: Severe swelling and pain, instability of the join, extreme loss of motion, and walking can be painful
    • Treatment: Immobilization in an ankle stirrups or air cast walking boot, and physical therapy
    • Recovery: Depending on severity, around 4-6 months

Looking for a product specifically for one’s ankle sprain? Check out a list of BraceAbility’s products used directly towards ankle sprains.

Interested in continuing one’s ankle support especially during sports? Learn more about the MalleoTrain Ankle Support on our blog to see how it helps with one’s athletic functions.  

What is the Inflatable Heel Protector?

The inflatable offloading heel protector helps elevate and keep pressure off the heel. There are many conditions to use this heel protector including pressure sores, heel ulcer prevention, foot drop, achilles tendonitis protection, and more.