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foot casts/boots

Posted by Sherry on 7/28/04 at 16:33 (156402)

Has anybody had success with walking boots? I have pf in my right foot concurrent to a rt knee medial meniscus - and some rt lateral - trim.
Have tried accupuncture, chiropractic, orthotics, and pt. All help, but am not cured after a year and a half. I also have a heelspur in rt foot.
Am considering walking boot. No one - the doc's - seems to concur.

Sherry

Re: foot casts/boots

john h on 7/28/04 at 20:16 (156413)

Sherry over the past years many people have posted about using walking boots. Some think it made them worse and others think it helped. Some people have had their foot cast for 6 weeks only to find they were worse than before. You pay your money and you take your chances like all other treatments for PF. The only sure thing there is no one thing that will cure PF for everyone else the person who invents it will be one of the wealthy people in the world. I never did go for the walking boot but had a half cast and was on crutches for 2 weeks after foot surgery. The boots are not to expensive and at least you can remove them at bed time and when you shower.

Re: foot casts/boots

Kathy in KY on 7/29/04 at 11:11 (156446)

I wore my removable cast about 9 weeks. I had to take it off to drive,shower & sleep. The time wearing it was worthwhile & especially helped relieve the heel pain I had suffered while driving to work. But we moved our residence about 2 months after I stopped wearing it & I had to do a lot more phyical lifting & work than I had anticipated, so my PF flared up again. My only negative with wearing the boot is my muscles in my feet & calf felt much weaker after wearing it. I would recommend going to a PT or Chiropractor for ultra sound, electronic stimulation & trigger point massage plus new orthotics. I went for 6 visits this summer & feel much better. I'm also taking Ligaplex & flaxseed oil (vitamin supplements) I'm not sure how my foot will do when I return to teaching on concrete floors next month. I may have to go back for treatments.

Re: foot casts/boots

R C on 7/29/04 at 12:30 (156450)

I had great success with casting. I can confirm the following advice given to me by the several nurses I worked with:

(1) Even if it is a 'walking' cast, your chances are much better if you use crutches and stay off your foot completely;

(2) Do not expect to be able to walk pain free immediately after the cast is removed; instead, count on 2-4 weeks of physical therapy to ease back.

(3) Have orthotics or some other preventive in place to prevent re-injury.

My doc (an orthopaedic specialist) says he has a 90+ percent success rate with casts, with the above approach.