A moon boot, also known as a walking boot or controlled ankle motion (CAM) boot, is a specialized orthopedic device designed to provide support, immobilization, and protection to the ankle and foot following an injury or surgery. It allows for controlled and protected weight-bearing, which can aid in the healing process.
– Lateral malleolus fracture
– Medial malleolus fracture
– Bimalleolar fractures
– Trimalleolar fractures
– Metatarsal fractures
– Navicular fractures
– Calcaneus (heel bone) fractures
– Jones fractures
– Lisfranc fractures
– Ankle sprains (both inversion and eversion types)
– Achilles tendonitis or partial tears
– Plantar fasciitis
– Post-operative immobilization, such as after bunion surgery
4. Stress Fractures: Common in athletes and runners, especially in the metatarsals.
5. Severe Contusions or Bruises: Especially if there’s a risk of developing a more severe injury.
6. Post-surgical Immobilization: After procedures like ligament repairs, tendon repairs, or other foot and ankle surgeries.
7. Chronic Instabilities: For patients with recurrent ankle sprains or chronic ankle instability.
– Arthritis flare-ups in the foot or ankle
– Infections of the foot or ankle requiring immobilization
– Ulcerations or wounds that benefit from offloading pressure
It’s essential to consult with an orthopedic specialist or podiatrist to determine the appropriateness of a moon boot for specific injuries. The duration of wear, weight-bearing status, and other rehabilitation measures should be guided by a healthcare professional.
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