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When do you prescribe a cast vs a walking boot after foot and ankle injury?

When do you prescribe a cast vs a walking boot after foot and ankle injury?

They are similar: A cast and a walking boot are similar and accomplish many of the same goals. The main difference is that you can remove a walking boot but cannot remove a cast. Walking boots are great when the condition that you are treating is safe to remove from the immobilization temporarily, eg to take a shower. In instances where it is not appropriate to remove the immobilization, a cast is better. ...Read more

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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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Will a sprained ankle require you to wear a leg boot or a cast?

Will a sprained ankle require you to wear a leg boot or a cast?

Depends on severity.: Depending on the severity of the injury you may need an ace bandage, strapping of the ankle, an ankle support brace, a rigid walking boot, or a short leg cast. Have it evaluated by your podiatrist and see what is best for you. ...Read more

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Will my fractured ankle need a hard cast or just a walking boot?

Will my fractured ankle need a hard cast or just a walking boot?

Depends: Depends on the type of fracture, severity, age, condition/health of person. Doctor has to make decision. ...Read more

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Can i still work out while wearing a walking boot? #nqlu I have a fractured bone in my foot due to an ankle sprain and must wear a walking boot for 6 weeks for the bone to heal. What type of exercises can I still engage in?

Can i still work out while wearing a walking boot? #nqlu I have a fractured bone in my foot due to an ankle sprain and must wear a walking boot for 6 weeks for the bone to heal. What type of exercises can I still engage in?

You : You can engage in any upper body activity you like, and can also swim. I would not engage in any activity that involves you standing or putting any pressure on your foot / ankle or leg. That would include cycling. ...Read more

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If you don't wear a cast or a boot for a broken fibula and tibia what will happen because i take my boot off a lot.?

If you don't wear a cast or a boot for a broken fibula and tibia what will happen because i take my boot off a lot.?

Cast removal: early: The bones may not heal properly, perhaps heal crookedly ( out of alignment) or not heal at all ( malunion, i think) or may luckily heal ok. How long have you been casted? When you remove the cast , do you walk on the foot? Or use crutches? Older you are , greater the risk of (the above) occurring. Why do you remove the support? Itching. Poor fit? Hurts? Best to discuss with your doctor! ...Read more

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Does the orthopedic doctor typically let one choose between a cast for a broken foot and a walking boot?

Does the orthopedic doctor typically let one choose between a cast for a broken foot and a walking boot?

Sometimes: You may be given a choice under some circumstances, but you are not always going to be given the option to chose which you would prefer. ...Read more

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How does a walking boot heal if you can still walk on foot injury?

How does a walking boot heal if you can still walk on foot injury?

It immobilizes : The foot so that the foot is not going thru its full range. They often have rocker bottoms, so your not spending a lot of time on any one particular part of the foot. ...Read more

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Is it possible for your whole foot and ankle to swell with a fracture of the 2nd metatarsal and I am in a cam walking boot should I ACE wrap @ night?

Is it possible for your whole foot and ankle to swell with a fracture of the 2nd metatarsal and I am in a cam walking boot should I ACE wrap @ night?

Yes, and tell Dr...: It is possible to get swelling in the whole foot/ankle with a fractured 2nd metatarsal. You want to make sure you are properly immobilized with the cam boot. You may want to contact the dr. Treating you because the fracture may need to be reassessed and make certain it is healing in alignment and has not shifted or become displaced. ...Read more

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Do they put you in a walking boot for a bad sprain?

Do they put you in a walking boot for a bad sprain?

It depends on Ur: exam & imaging done by an orthopedic surgeon. The treatment is driven by the severity of the sprain. ...Read more

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For a severe ankle sprain, do I wear a brace when resting or just for walking?

For a severe ankle sprain, do I wear a brace when  resting  or just for walking?

Ask your doctor: With sprains, the degree of how much weightbearing and with what assistance depends on the injury. Do this under a supervision of your doctor. ...Read more

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What will happen to your injured foot if you rarely walk for months after an ankle sprain Could plantar f. and metatarsalgia occur once walking again?

What will happen to your injured foot if you rarely walk for months after an ankle sprain Could plantar f. and metatarsalgia occur once walking again?

Rehabilitation: When you injure a body part, the loss of strength, flexibility, balance, and cardio can be the cause of significant injuries as you begin to work out again. Typically a physical therapist can help reduce the loss of function as you recover safely. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more

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Grade 3 ankle sprain, happened 5 days ago. In cast boot and crutches. Can I walk dog in boot no crutches. Or would that delay healing or cause damage

Grade 3 ankle sprain, happened 5 days ago. In cast boot and crutches. Can I walk dog in boot no crutches. Or would that delay healing or cause damage

I would recommend th: I would recommend that you continue with movement, however, with caution not to exacerbate your symptoms, or aggravate the injury. A supervised rehabilitation program would benefit with progression to a home exercise program. ...Read more

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I have a bunionette as a result of wearing a moon boot for a foot fracture and subsequently changing walking gait. It is painful to walk and shoes mak?

I have a bunionette as a result of wearing a moon boot for a foot fracture and subsequently changing walking gait. It is painful to walk and shoes mak?

By design...: The purpose of the moon boot is to change your gait in a way the dissipates the force of the ground over a larger surface area. This is what allows the fracture to heal. The boot may or may not irritate already existing problems such as bunions or bunionettes. There is a transition back into regular shoes. This may involve athletic shoe first. Ask your doctor for advice on shoes or therapy. ...Read more

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How do you absorb sweat in a boot cast after a broken foot?

Dry it: A hair dryer on the lowest setting can help. Be careful not to burn yourself! ...Read more

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I have a partial tear in my Achilles tendon and was told to get a walking boot. Should i get a short or tall walking boot?

I have a partial tear in my Achilles tendon and was told to get a walking boot. Should i get a short or tall walking boot?

Tall: You need to nutralize the Calf muscle and prevent the ankle from flexing. A tall boot would be more secure and reduce play in the ankle. Also add heel lifts to lesson tension on achilles tendon. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more