Galien Go Walker Air Boot
This Go Walker Boot feature allows the individuals to pump air into the boot, compressing the injury. This addition controls swelling, helps reduce pain, and improves healing time. The air boot helps to contour around the leg ultimately reducing the movement within your air boot,
Recommended injuries to use the pneumatic air feature with:
- Sprained Ankles
- Broken Foot
- Metatarsal Stress Fracture
- Post Surgery Injuries
- Pressure Sores
- Toe Fractures
How Much Inflation is too Much Inflation in Your Air Boot?
Since the Go Air Boot feature isn’t automatic, it allows you to inflate the Air Boot to the desired amount of pressure needed for the comfort of the injury. It’s important to be knowledgeable about when too much inflation in your boot could cause harm to your injury. If you over-inflate the air cells in the boot, it could possibly cause skin irritation to the area. An example of this skin irritation is a pressure sore, which is a result of prolonged pressure on a specific spot on the body. When wearing an Air Boot for a long period of time, make sure you are getting checked regularly by their physician to ensure that there isn’t skin irritation or the beginning stages of pressure sores.
Discomfort usually coincides with the healing process but over-inflation can cause additional pain. If you are feeling extra tenderness in the area, deflate the air pressure to a comfortable position.
During the healing process, spend a few hours a day with your foot elevated above your heart and deflate the air pressure slightly. While resting your foot, it can be beneficial to apply the R.I.C.E technique to help with recovery. Higher pressure is advised when you are walking or doing other physical activity, whereas lower pressure is recommended and more comfortable when sitting or lying down. If you are going to sleep with your pneumatic compression boot on, release some air pressure to a lower level, and ensure that there is no direct pressure on the injury.
Three Different Degrees of Ankle Sprains to Pair with an Aircast Boot
It is very common to twist your ankle exercising, playing sports, or just plain landing on it wrong. A sprained ankle results when ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range. Many people have experienced this pain, but there are different levels or degrees of severity. Although each person is different, there can be many different treatments, symptoms, and recovery times specific to the degree of sprain.
Three different degrees of ankle sprains:
- 1st Degree: Slight stretching of the ligaments
- Symptoms: Mild pain, some swelling, joint instability, and difficulty jumping or jogging
- Treatment: R.I.C.E method, rest and immobilize the ankle
- Recovery: Depending on the severity, around 1-2 weeks
- 2nd Degree: Incomplete tearing of the ligaments
- Symptoms: Significant swelling, bruising, moderate pain, and loss of motion in the ankle, as well as trouble, walking
- Treatment: R.I.C.E method, Air Boot, and ibuprofen
- Recovery: Depending on the severity, around 3-6 weeks
- 3rd Degree: Complete tearing of the ligaments
- Symptoms: Severe swelling and pain, instability of the join, extreme loss of motion, and walking can be painful
- Treatment: Immobilization in an Air Walking Boot, and physical therapy
- Recovery: Depending on the severity, around 4-6 months