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I guess I am a bit confused in the boot department… When you guys say boot - what do you mean? The one which is the real hefty one (the moonwalker)? Is  this the aircast type of thing?  Which would be the equivalent of a hard cast?  Or the walker (the Bledsoe) ?Which is more like a transition between [...]

I guess I am a bit confused in the boot department… When you guys say boot - what do you mean? The one which is the real hefty one (the moonwalker)? Is  this the aircast type of thing?  Which would be the equivalent of a hard cast?  Or the walker (the Bledsoe) ?Which is more like a transition between cast and shoe? 

I am in a hard walking cast (18 days post-op) which was supposed to stay on for 2 more weeks and then cast off, PT and to shoe, I suppose.  I was told first that the boot is not available here.  But then yesterday I had a meeting with a physico- therapist and she does in fact has a supply of those walkers - I don’t kow the brand name.  She was ready to ditch my cast and put me into that and start PT right away.  My doc is out of the country and I will wait for him definitely to discuss this option.  (do not ask me why the doc hadn’t known about the boot - in this country logic works in a twisted way…).  Anyhow, my question is when in the recovery process people would get the walker.  Or all of you who were speaking about bing fitted into the boot after 2-3 weeks post op meant the air cast or the walker?  I texted my doc who said that if the boot provided the same grip as the cast, he is fine with it from day 24 post-op.  But I am not sure if it does provide enough security…

What do you guys think? 

Thanks!

 PS when I say cast I mean the good old hard white plaster - that’s what I have here.

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Hi - I meant the Aircast brand “moonwalker” boot. Looks a bit like a skiboot actually. You can tighten it using straps plus an airpump. You can get as much support as a cast if you want. Its quite heavy though!

1 withnail May 29, 2008 7:24 am

I’m in the DonJoy Air Ankle Walker:

http://achillesblog.com/daveleft/files/2008/05/boot.jpg

The doctor put me into it before surgery and eight days post-op. It’s pretty low on the leg and some days I do worry if it provides enough support. I guess we’ll find out when I go to FWB. Somedays, I wish I had more support on the upper part of the leg.

Btw, contrary to popular belief, this is not the new iBoot.

Good luck with your recovery.

2 daveleft May 29, 2008 11:12 am

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