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Doctor insights on: Boot Calf Stretcher

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I was trying to take my boot off from my left foot, i received an immediate pain in my left calf. Did i tear it?

I was trying to take my boot off from my left foot, i received an immediate pain in my left calf. Did i tear it?

You could have: Should be easily diagnosed by a good primary care physician. Physical exam is likely enough. By the mechanism of injury, it is highly unlikely there is a 'complete tear' so it should heal up over time. Get it checked out, though. ...Read more

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Can a small keloid scar be caused by the repeated rubbing of leather boot on the skin of the calf ?

Friction scars: Yes they can. Friction can cause a burn on the skin just like an iron can. This can lead to a scar or more commonly the skin in the area will be darker than the surrounding skin. Make sure that your footwear is well fitted to minimize rubbing and wear socks. ...Read more

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Is it common to have pain in calf/leg muscles after being in a walking boot for 4 weeks and just starting to walk again without it?

Is it common to have pain in calf/leg muscles after being in a walking boot for 4 weeks and just starting to walk again without it?

Yes: Yes, this is common to have since you haven't moved this particular muscle in a month. That being said, not moving a limb can increase your risk for blood clot. If you have swelling, redness of the skin, feeling of a cramp in the muscle, get to a doctor or ER right away to make sure you do not have a clot. These are all signs for a blood clot. ...Read more

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My bf wears mid-calf steel-toed boots for protection/support. Lately he's been getting itchy, sometimes painful, pus-filled bumps. What r they?

My bf wears mid-calf steel-toed boots for protection/support. Lately he's been getting itchy, sometimes painful, pus-filled bumps. What r they?

Sounds like: Fungus infection. He should try anti-fungal cream, wear absorbant socks, let feet air out when ever possible. If still a problem, see podiatrist. ...Read more

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In a cam boot after surgery and it hurts my leg. Is this expected?

In a cam boot after surgery and it hurts my leg. Is this expected?

Maybe not...: Call your surgeon immediately to see if he/she wants you to take it off. It may be causing pain if it's too tight because of foot swelling. This can be dangerous and cause compartment syndrome so best to call right away. ...Read more

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Why would a boot length and crew length sock feel tight(er) on my right leg than my left? Switching socks from L to R and R to L causes same thing.

Why would a boot length and crew length sock feel tight(er) on my right leg than my left? Switching socks from L to R and R to L causes same thing.

Your right leg: May have a different girth than your left, for example it may be slightly swollen compared to the opposite side. ...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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Broken leg w/ screw told not to put weight on it or else screw will shatter. Fell, leaned on leg briefly while wearing walking boot. Will it be okay?

Broken leg w/ screw told not to put weight on it or else screw will shatter. Fell, leaned on leg briefly while wearing walking boot. Will it be okay?

Most likely: I'm not sure what surgery you had, but breaking hardware is typically very painful. If you aren't experiencing increasing pain or swelling, it's probably okay. X-rays would confirm your suspicion. ...Read more