How to Wear an Ankle Aircast

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An ankle Aircast is a brace that supports a sprain or break of the ankle by wrapping around it. An Aircast can help make the ankle more stable by having air pockets that provides a cushion for the injury. Let's review how you can apply an ankle Aircast for your injury.

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    Using an Ankle Aircast

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    Go to your doctor and have an X-ray to determine the severity of your ankle injury. If it is a sprain, your physician will probably recommend that you wear an ankle Aircast.

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    Have yourself sized for an ankle Aircast or see if you can try some on at a medical supply store. If the Aircast is for a child, there are also paediatric sizes available.

  3. 3

    Put a sock, such as a heavy duty absorbent sock to reduce perspiration on your foot.

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    Lift the strap or the stirrup of the Aircast beneath the arch of the foot. The strap on the heel has a rounded edge and should be comfortably positioned on the heel. Place the stirrup between the ball and heel of your foot.

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    Bring the sides of the Aircast up on the side of each ankle.

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    Insert the the tube in the ankle sprain kit and pump the bulb to inflate the Aircast. The majority of Aircasts come with pre-inflated cells and do not need any further inflation. Don't overinflate the sides of the Aircast, as it can affect the level of support and compromise healing.

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    Fasten the Aircast, starting at the bottom, and secure the straps around the brace. If your doctor wants you to have additional support, wrap the bandage around the side of the Aircast, so it provides support, but is not painful. It is important to avoid wrapping the bandage too tight to avoid swelling.

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    Loosen your shoe laces and insert your foot into the shoe. Wearing a shoe can offer added support. Squeeze the sides of the ankle Aircast together, and adjust the straps or support as needed, so it is comfortable for your ankle. If you are not able to bear weight on your ankle, you should avoid putting a shoe on and use crutches to support or protect the ankle from added injury.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash your ankle and foot to avoid foul odours from developing and reduce sweating.
  • Make sure you purchase the right brace as they do come in left- and right-footed braces
  • Only use an Aircast under your physician's supervision after you have had X-rays and a thorough examination.
  • Avoid applying the ankle Aircast directly to your skin because it can cause blistering on your heel and ankle.

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