Whether you sprained your ankle, fractured a bone, or recently had foot or ankle surgery, you may need an ankle boot or brace . At Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center (FLOFAC) in Sarasota, Florida, the orthopedic foot and ankle specialists offer ankle boots of varying sizes to ensure yours is comfortable for the duration of your treatment. Call today or go online to schedule.

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What is an ankle boot?

An ankle boot is a walking cast your doctor prescribes to stabilize your ankle and foot. Often made of plastic molded uprights, steel springs, and velcro straps, these devices allow you to use your ankle in a way that traditional casts do not.

Ankle boots are often lightweight and sometimes have an inflatable interior. When engaged, this device fits snugly against your foot and ankle, cushioning the entire area. Many ankle boots also offer a level of shock absorption, which decreases the risk of trauma from heel strike.

Why are ankle boots used?

Your orthopedic foot and ankle doctor may prescribe an ankle boot for a variety of reasons, some of the most common include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Bone fractures
  • Stress fractures
  • Post-surgical support
  • Foot ulcers
  • Plantar fasciitis

Ankle boots offer the support and stabilization your foot needs to heal and protect it from further injury.

What are the benefits of an ankle boot?

Ankle boots offer a range of benefits over traditional casts. While they still immobilize the injured joint or bone, you can remove an ankle boot, which allows you to keep the area clean and better protect the skin on your foot and ankle.

Wearing an ankle boot also lets you bear weight on your foot. This way you’re less likely to lose foot and ankle strength, which is often the case with casting, while still protecting the foot by offering support and stability.

Do you need to wear your ankle boot 24/7?

Follow the specific instructions from your doctor at Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center (FLOFAC) regarding how and when to wear your ankle boot. In most cases, they recommend wearing the ankle boot for the majority of the day.

You can take your ankle book off once a day to clean the area and check your injury. Look at your skin for areas of soreness or redness. If you don’t have an open wound, apply ice or a cold pack to your injury for 20 minutes while the boot is off.

If you have a foot or ankle injury and think an ankle boot can help you heal, contact the FLOFAC team today to schedule your appointment.