How tight should I have the VACOped straps?

November 11, 2016

Hello All,

I’ve been wearing my boot since Wednesday and my heal as really hurting last night so I let the straps ease off and it’s been soooo much nicer since.

When I get up and move around I have the straps way tight and all the way across, when they are eased off I have them half way across when the leg is rested and up and it’s much more comfortable.

Any experience or thoughts?

Thanks, Heidi

Soooo little update since writing this post:

ah wow!!! The Vacoped account manager for the south east just called me! wow he knows his stuff and has trained the staff at the RBH. He said the important thing is the angle the foot is kept at in the cast, not the tightness of the boot itself. He said to tighten it for moving but totally ok when at rest to loosen it off. That is a major relief… He also said that the re-rupture rate for conservative treatment in this boot is 1%!!! That is bloody brilliant. YAY - feeling positive now. How nice of him to go out of his way to call at 6pm on a Friday night. Amazing….

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  • 1. tabithaguernsey  |  November 11th, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    That’s really helpful, that should me sleep at night! Thanks

  • 2. frostfound  |  November 27th, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for bloging. I have a 2.3cm gap and my experience is very similar to yours. Not given an option in Public hospital system, so saw a private specialist. They too supported conservative approach, but put me into the Vacoped straight away. So good to hear I can loosen the straps at night… otherwise very uncomfortable. That 1% statistic is very positive! The high chance or re-Rupture was really bearing on my mind.

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