How tight should a cam walker be?

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How tight should a cam walker be?

The straps should be snug enough to prevent slippage on the boot but not tight enough to restrict circulation and cause discomfort. To remove follow these steps in reverse. The boot has a slight heel so try and wear a similar heeled shoe on the other foot to keep your legs balanced.

What is the difference between a CAM boot and a walking boot?

A controlled ankle motion walking boot, or CAM boot, also sometimes called a below knee walking boot or moon boot, is an orthopedic device prescribed for the treatment and stabilization of severe sprains, fractures, and tendon or ligament tears in the ankle or foot.

What does CAM stand for in walking boot?

If you’ve recently suffered an injury or had surgery on your lower extremity, your doctor may have prescribed a walking boot. Oftentimes, you’ll get a CAM boot, which stands for controlled ankle motion. This is sometimes referred to as a moon boot thanks to its similar appearance.

Can you walk with a CAM boot?

CAM stands for Controlled Ankle Movement. It works by both keeping your foot and ankle fixed in place, and offloading (removing) some of the weight off your foot and ankle while you continue to walk. As you don’t continue to put such high amounts of pressure through the foot, it can heal more effectively.

How long should you wear a CAM boot?

Your Care Instructions. Orthopedic boots protect broken bones and other injuries of the lower leg, ankle, or foot. They prevent more damage and help the area heal. Your doctor may have you use a boot for 1 to 6 weeks.

Do you wear socks with a CAM boot?

Adding a sock to the equation is a good idea for a few reasons: It will help reduce any friction between the brace and your skin, which can help prevent any chafing or blisters. Socks for walker boots can act as a buffer between your foot (and its sweat and dead skin cells) and the brace.

Do you wear CAM boot to bed?

Although you should follow your doctor’s advice in any situation, the normal practice is to wear the boot while sleeping. However, loosening the straps that secure the boot will increase wearing comfort and allow you to sleep better.

How can I make my CAM boot more comfortable?

Below are our best tips on how to make your time in a walking boot more comfortable.

  1. Doctors Orders. First and foremost ALWAYS follow your doctors order.
  2. Get on the Level.
  3. Use a crutch or a cane.
  4. Shorten Your Step.
  5. Keep your feet and your knees straight.
  6. Rest More and do less walking.

Do you sleep with a CAM boot?

Do NOT ever sleep in the boot, unless prescribed by your doctor. Be aware the boot has a sole attached. Be sure to choose a shoe that allows you to feel stable when walking.

Do you need physical therapy after a walking boot?

Were you immobilized in a cast or cam boot? Physical therapy will help to strengthen and stabilize your ankle joint after an injury, especially after a period of immobilization. You might notice when you are taken out of a cast or cam boot that your calf is significantly smaller compared to your other leg.

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