Filed Under (Uncategorized) by highflyer on 13-09-2009

Almost 5 weeks in 2 casts & I go to see the Doc again on Tuesday.  The leg has really wasted away with the second cast quite loose now despite hours of toe wiggling! Strange aches high up in the calf are now a daily norm, but the tendon does feel attached again.

I really hope I can get into the boot then, as this will be much better for travelling on holiday (Egypt on the Red Sea in just over 1 week).  I am determined to go swimming & snorkelling even if this means putting my trusty Xerosox Dry Pro (rubber stocking!) over the boot. Does anybody know of a smaller waterproof brace that you can swim in? That would be a true Godsend.

Happy Healing folks!


feedme on 13 September, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

re: water proof boot… try getting hold of a “vacuped” or mayve its “vacoped” its water proof.. there is a video of it on you tube…

leech1050 on 13 September, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

highflyer and feedme
I have one of the Vacoped boots on now. And yes you can swim in them, although I have not tried swimming in it yet. The web site shows people at pools with them on etc. have a look at or my blog leech1050 has some photographs as well. Now you can have a great Holiday in the water. Nice one.

highflyer on 13 September, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

Cheers Feedme, that’s a great video! Next time i visit Barcelona, i will buy you one of those Sours!

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highflyer on 13 September, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

Thanks Lee, counting the hours until Tuesday now! Will post the video of the “Great White shark attack on Man in Vacoped boot” upon my return!

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leech1050 on 13 September, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

Hi highflyer
I forgot to mention: if your cast does not come off, you can still swim using a cast seal protector like:
1:Active SEAL™
2:Limbo cast more for showering I have one
4:Drycast etc.
Just goggle cast swimming protection. Its always good to have a plan B.

smoley on 14 September, 2009 at 8:22 am #

Hey Highflyer,
I went to Egypt/Red Sea with family a couple of years ago. You’ll have a great time and I’m very jealous. Let some of that lovely warm sunshine soak into your leg, it’ll do it the power of good!

highflyer on 14 September, 2009 at 11:04 am #

Thanks Smoley. I will be thinking of you all for the 2 weeks I am away (well until I have the first beer anyway!).

stonebuddy on 14 September, 2009 at 11:45 am #

Not sure what type of boot you have, but I have an aircast brand boot that is all plastic with foam padding on the inside. I have been swimming in the boot several times and its fine, but you have to take it off to dry. Earlier, I’m 8 weeks today, I borrowed a friends old boot (he ruptured his last year) and used it as my water boot then slipped my dry regular boot back on once I was out of the water.

highflyer on 14 September, 2009 at 3:19 pm #

Thank you Stonebuddy, will see what the UK Health Service provides tomorrow. It seems that a few different makes of boot are waterproof, so I know which to ask for now if given a choice.

dsut4392 on 15 September, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

My boot is the non-waterproof metal and plastic variety with open cell foam liner. The liner took forever to dry after washing (probably take less time in Egypt weather). What I did to get around this was substitute the liner by wrapping a towel around my leg instead - this way I was able to wear the boot in the shower and steam room at the pool, and still have the liner dry for exiting into the winter cold afterwards.
I didn’t wear the boot while swimming, I was allowed to take it off, which felt even better! Walk to the edge in the boot, sit down and take it off, roll into the water. Of course this wouldn’t work for beach based snorkelling, but could be OK from a boat.
I wouldn’t hesitate to wear it into the ocean if that was the only way - just rinse it out well with fresh water afterwards to minimise corrosion. It doesn’t have to last forever after all…

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