Tips for Dealing With Walking Boot Discomfort and Inflammation

Posted by on Friday, October 19th, 2018

The walking boot—sure, it may look a little silly and it may feel a little bulky but that’s because it’s meant to offload pressure from a broken bone or injured tissues in the initial aftermath of foot surgery or trauma. However, a small number of patients find themselves stuck in these contraptions for months, unable to make that transition from offloading to walking in a regular shoe again. The podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer tips on dealing with walking boot discomfort and inflammation.

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The walking boot—sure, it may look a little silly and it may feel a little bulky but that’s because it’s meant to offload pressure. [Image Source: Shutterstock]

Walking Boots: Which Athletes Are Currently Wearing One and Why Are They Necessary?

Posted by on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

When some people hear “walking boot,” they think, “Oh, thank goodness it’s not a cast!” Yet, to others, a walking boot may mean “looking dorky” or hobbling around “like a gimp” for a few weeks. From our standpoint, the design and use of walking boots for active recovery have come a long way over the last 30 years. We recommend the use of rehabilitative walking boots for patients who are recovering from a number of injuries, as you’ll see in this week’s roundup of professional athletes using post-operative boots. You’ll find that many athletes use walking boots as a precautionary measure to prevent the need for more invasive surgery as well.