DME: Walking Boot

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  • What is a walking boot A type of medical footwear used to protect and immobilize the foot and ankle during any healing process.
  • Why They are prescribed to improve the healing process and take pressure off the injured area.
  • Recommended For Patients with painful injuries and for postoperative surgical healing.
  • Common Conditions Ankle sprains, fractures, ligament tears, tendon injuries, and/or post-surgical recovery.

Let’s take a closer look…

A walking boot, often described as a CAM (controlled ankle motion) boot, is a special type of footwear used to immobilize and protect the foot and ankle during the healing process of various injuries or surgeries. Walking boots come in different styles and designs, but they generally share some common features. They typically have a sturdy sole with a rocker bottom design that promotes a more natural walking pattern and reduces pressure on the injured area. The boot is secured to the leg and foot using straps, Velcro closures, or a combination of both. Walking boots are commonly prescribed for conditions such as fractures, sprains, ligament tears, tendon injuries, or post-surgical recovery.


Some benefits of using a walking boot include:

  • Immobilization and Protection
  • Weight-Bearing Support
  • Adjustable Fit
  • Gradual Transition to Normal Shoes
  • Versatility

It is important to follow the recommendations and instructions provided by a healthcare professional regarding the duration and proper use of a walking boot. They can provide guidance on weight-bearing limitations, exercise routines, and the overall care and management of the injury or condition.


There are several types of walking boots available, each designed to address specific foot and ankle conditions. Here are some common types:

Standard Walking Boots

These are the most commonly used walking boots. They typically have a rigid or semi-rigid frame, adjustable straps or closures, and a rocker sole. Standard walking boots are suitable for a wide range of injuries, fractures, sprains, and post-surgical recovery.

Short Walking Boots

Short walking boots are similar to standard walking boots but provide a lower level of support and coverage. They are designed for injuries or conditions that require less immobilization or for individuals who prefer a more lightweight and less bulky option.

High-Top Walking Boots

High-top walking boots extend higher up the leg, providing additional support and stability to the calf and ankle. They are often recommended for more severe injuries, such as high ankle sprains or fractures, where a higher level of immobilization is required.

Pneumatic Walking Boots

Pneumatic walking boots, also known as air cast boots, feature air bladders or chambers that can be inflated or deflated to provide a customized fit and compression. This adjustable compression helps reduce swelling and provides added support during the healing process.

Post-Op Walking Boots

Post-operative walking boots are specifically designed for individuals recovering from foot or ankle surgery. They often have additional features, such as removable panels or pads.

Pediatric Walking Boots

Pediatric walking boots are specially designed for children with foot or ankle injuries or conditions. They are sized and shaped to fit smaller feet, providing appropriate support and protection for pediatric patients.

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