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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Heel Pain: Adjusting the Removable Boot

Sometimes I am very proud of myself. This nice lady tore her plantar fascia and was prescribed a walking boot for 3 months. When she came in with the boot, and since her heel was swollen, she was still hurting about at a level 8 out of 10. Here I am using two 1/4 inch pads of adhesive felt from Moore Medical to fashion an off weight bearing pad for her heel on my work bench. With the instructions to land full foot, not heel strike, the pain decreased to the healing 0-2 pain level. She has a lot to do with the inflammation over the next 6 weeks with icing and contrast bathing also. 

You can see the heel is floated with the weight on the 1/2 inch front pad.

Here is the roll of 1/4 adhesive felt I was using. If you don't want to wait, use other materials, like shoe inserts, and try to create the same float idea. You too can be as brillant as I was this day. LOL

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