How to wear a walking boot

Written by jaimie zinski
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How to wear a walking boot
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Many times a person who suffers an ankle, foot or lower leg injury will benefit from a walking boot. This boot is strapped to the affected leg and will help immobilise it in order for proper healing to occur. The intention of a walking boot is to provide the patient more mobility than a traditional cast. It is generally used when the foot or ankle is sprained, fractured or strained. It is important to properly wear the walking boot to ensure that the leg or foot heals correctly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cotton sock

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  1. 1

    Place an ankle or mid-calf high cotton sock onto the foot that will be placed into the boot. The sock will help provide comfort and will cut down on any irritation that may be caused by the walking boot's straps.

  2. 2

    Place the foot into the walking boot's liner. The heel of should be firmly and comfortably placed in the heel section of the boot. Fasten the liner's straps over the toes first and then the lower leg.

  3. 3

    Fasten the hook and loop, or Velcro, straps of the outer plastic piece around the toes and then work your way up toward the last strap, which will be found on the lower leg. There could be anywhere from two to four straps or more on the walking boot that need to be strapped. These straps should be pulled tightly to ensure that the foot and leg is as immobilised as possible.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash the liner of the walking boot once a week with mild soap and water. Allow the liner to air dry and avoid placing it in the dryer. Mild soap contains no dyes or perfumes.
  • Wear the walking boot for the amount of time determined by the doctor.

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