Six weeks post op - I like VacoPed Achilles - 24th November 2010

I cannot comment on the other removable boots but I can say I love this boot. The boot itself allows a wide range of adjustments: fixed, range of movement, gentle fixed night time plantar flexion stretch (my idea rather than any protocol I have seen) and the choice of two soles - Achilles rocker to make walking easier. So much better than a cast…

Why the NHS does not provide this because all the the trips to plaster room must cost a similar amount in materials and technician time let alone patient comfort and recovery?

It is so nice to be able to wash, massage and simply see the injury site. With the boot off I can do all sorts of mobilisation stuff. With the boot on I can do some gentle exercises including those needing a range of movement. Best of all I was up and standing better within a few hours having struggled to do similar thing on the cast only hours earlier.

If you are interested take a look at the videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DE3iVcN978&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL However I have to say that the ones of the people swimming, breakdancing and sky diving with a VacoPed Acchilles are too extreme for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POFtZXp1nAA&feature=related

I have been so fed up with my ATR and this boot has brightened my outlook.

Had steroid injections to try to settle down my right shoulder that has been causing grief since I used crutches at the beginning.

5 Responses to “Six weeks post op - I like VacoPed Achilles - 24th November 2010”

  1. Great pitch for what seems to be a great boot, snapdragon!

    Yah, boots beat casts to pulp, in so many ways, and probably end up costing LESS! Yet many docs and many hospitals and some whole COUNTRIES still insist on casts. It’s probably just a matter of time ’til casts go the way of the 8-track cassette, and for the same reasons.

    Pace yourself, so you’ll get to see that day! :-)

  2. Hi Ya,

    I got my Vacoped after three weeks, that was three weeks ago and I love it as well. You are right it is great to be able to take the leg out, have a bath and give it a good rub.

    Enjoy :)

  3. Yipee, I just found your blog. I have been looking for a vacocast or vacoped in the UK for ages, searching the net for hours!
    Would you mind if I ask how much it cost and how long it took to arrive?
    Thank you!

  4. Aileen: I used the vaco cast in the US. About $140 wholesale. The doc’s here marki it up to $300 because insurance will cover it. I paid wholesale since I found it and bought it. Hope that helps. Well worth the cost.

  5. £150 inc P&P. Next day!
    The boot can be ordered direct from Breg/Orthofix Maidenhead office. 01628 594 500. However I strongly suggest you speak or email a sales representative to discuss your needs before you order. Does your orthopaedic surgeon have a view or are you treating yourself? …almost seems possible but not recommended.

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