My CAM Air Walker Boot!

Made by Chaneco. Foot position adjustable 25% plantar and 25% dorsiflex.
Also has an air inflator to maximise comfort around the ankles.

I bought this online!

CAM Air Walker Boot

13 Responses to “My CAM Air Walker Boot!”

  1. are you familiar with the VACO cast? If so i wondered how it compared to the one you have shown here.

  2. Issat, can your boot be set to “hinge”, letting you plantarflex way down, but protecting you from dorsiflexing past neutral? It looks like it can be adjusted so it’s “fixed” at different angles, but maybe not hinge.

    Tony, the VacoCast can definitely hinge, as well as being fixed at different angles, at least with add-on wedges. Gunner is one of its biggest fans here, you can check his blog for more.

    I was put into a Donjoy MC Walker boot, which looks a lot like the Chaneco Pin CAMĀ® (Adjustable Ankle) Air Walker pictured at chaneco.co.uk/products.php?product_id=709. It can also hinge freely through adjustable angles (or be fixed at different angles).

  3. No, cant hinge.

  4. I think the hinging (hingeing?) of a hinged boot is worth a lot, especially in the tricky and risky-scary transition from a boot to 2 shoes. A hinged boot gives almost all the protection of a fixed boot, with a lot of the benefits of “2 shoes”. Specifically, the AT and calf can work through their full healing-appropriate Range of Motion, while still being protected from being overstretched with “passive” dorsiflexion.

    I.e., if you step on a step or a bike pedal or a curb with the ball of your foot, the boot (unlike “2 shoes) will save your AT from being overloaded. But you can still “step off” at the end of each stride, similar to 2 shoes.

    You’re also way better protected from being tripped in crowds, etc., and especially from being hurt even if you are. On the downside, all the smaller ankle-stability and proprioception muscles and nerves and ligaments are still being sheltered rather than the way they’re “worked” in 2 shoes.

    Of course, you can get all that protection in a fixed boot, but then you’re eliminating most of the calf-and-AT work you can get in a hinged boot.

  5. I was wrong! The CAM Walker Air boot does hinge at varying degrees. Just tried it and works well.

  6. All,
    I dont know how to create a blog but have followed all comments. i emailed to try to create a blog.
    I ruptured my tendon playing basketball about a month ago. Had surgery two weeks ago. Just got my splinnt removed and casted.
    Had surgery before being acquainted with the blog.
    After hearing about the VACOcast boot i wanted to move to it instead of cast.
    My O Surgeon would not look at, touch or talk about the boot. He does not know me, has barely spend more than 10 minutes with me and said i would take it off. He refused to consider the boot which i had purchased and brought to show him along with several studies.
    I am left wondering what to do. Should I find a different surgeon and finish this process with him in the boot. How would i do that and what are the downsides? Or should i stick with his program which is 4 to 6 more weeks in the cast. I really couldnt get a straight answer about what comes next. Is it 4 or 6 weeks?
    I live in Kansas City but am open to travel. After discussing with DR friends i have discovered it is unlikely to be taken on by another surgeon post surgery.

  7. So issat, you can set your boot to hinge freely in the downward (plantarflex) direction, while it stops at (say) neutral in the upward (dorsi-) direction? If so that’s great. I’m not sure anybody knows for sure exactly when an ATR ankle — post-op or post-non-op — is optimally ready for that hingeing. I got mine hingeing (post-non-op) at 7 weeks, which certainly felt fine and worked fine.

    My only “problem” came soon afterwards, when I spun around when walking very fast, and started walking BACKWARDS very fast. That’s MUCH harder on the AT, and I stopped right away, fortunately without pain or injury or setback. (But I scared myself silly!)

    Tony, I see that Dennis has created your blog, but it’s still just the standard initial “form-letter” text, which you’ve got to delete and replace with your own story. D’s e-mail to you should have explained some of the details. Basically, I think you sign in, go to that page, then hit one of the appropriate commands, like Dashboard or Write or Edit or some such. (I usually start from Dashboard, myself.)

    And Tony, all your questions are excellent ones, and I don’t have any excellent answers for them. Maybe you could appeal to your Surgeon’s boss, if you can figure out who that is, and get to him or her. There are a few MDs on this site, as well as a bunch of patients who’ve had conflicts with their Ortho and resolved them in a number of ways. Everything from gentle persuasion to going to the garage and slicing off the cast themselves. . .

  8. Norm thanks for your consistent replies. I am slow to learn how to work the site and my blog. I will figure it out. I hope you realize how encouraginng your posts are. You know what our coaches always told us. It is how we look at things that most affects how we perform. This blog helps to have the knowledge to formulate a good perspective and context in which to operate.

  9. Thanks, Tony, and I’m glad you got your blog working!

  10. Tony, things are slightly different here in the UK. In fact treatment varies from one primary care trust to another and hospitals in the same trust.

    While patients are treated under a particular consultant, it happens that you may be seen to by 5 different consultants but not the one you’re registered under! Each belonging to a different school of thought with regards to treatment options (op, non-op, boot, cast…)

    Your consultant is an asshole; he obviously doesn’t like being told what to do, esp from patients! Any chance you can see another consultant at the same hospital, try booking a different day slot.

    I’m careful not to encourage you to wear the boot, in the event he removes you from his care, which happens in the UK. You will forfeit any physio :(

    Let us know how you get on.

  11. norm, the CAM Walker can be hinged in plantar and dorsiflex at any degree.

    It took a while fiddling with the alan key. For the past few days i’ve found myself walking around the house with the alan key in my pocket to adjust it.

    I’m still getting this unbearable pain in my heel!
    I’ve got enough heel cushions to sleep on.

    Have you come across any other foot/calf exercises aside from the normal stuff?

  12. So are there two Allen setscrews on each side, in a slot? One that limits dorsiflexion and the other limits plantarflexion, and you can move them around (when loose) then tighten them so they stop the hinge from going past that point?

    My hinged boot (Donjoy MC Walker) has only one Allen setscrew in each hinge, and all it does is lock everything down, like a fixed boot. Everything else is done with a couple (2/hinge) of pins that stick into a wide array of holes, each at a different ankle angle. And there’s a clear plastic rotating cover over the whole mechanism, partly to make sure the pins don’t accidentally get knocked out or pulled out. It works pretty well.

  13. Tony’s got a blog now! :-)

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