CARE AND USE OF YOUR DEVICE
Pneumatic Walker Diabetic System (Air Cast Brand)
A “Walker” is a walking boot that limits the movement of the ankle and or foot during activities such as walking and transfers.
Adjustable air bladders and a special pump are used to control swelling, promote circulation and reduce movement of the foot and leg inside the device, therefore reducing friction and sheer to the skin.
A special rocker sole, along with this immobilization, reduces stress to the skin, joints, bones and tendons during activities.
Your physician may recommend using a cane, crutches, or a walker to limit the amount of weight you put on the leg while using the walking boot. These devices can aid in balance even if full weight bearing is allowed.
Step 1: Prepare the boot for use
- Open all straps, remove front cover, and open all flaps (See Figure 1)
- Using the blue hand pump, remove the air from the 4 air bladders – this is done by attaching the end of the pump that says ³deflate´ to the valve attached to each air bladder; then squeeze the pump repeatedly until all air has been removed (See Figure 2)
Step 2: Prepare the leg
- Follow all physician instructions for wound care, dressings and topical medications
- If no specific physician orders are given, apply a long cotton sock that is non-restricting and longer than the walking boot (See Figure 3)
- Make sure the sock is wrinkle free and not too tight at the toes (See Figure 4)
- While sitting, place leg in the brace with the heel positioned all the way to the back of the boot (See Figure 5)
- Smooth all wrinkles from the sock and air bladders
- Wrap side foot flaps over foot (See Figure 6) o Loosely wrap toe cover over foot (See Figure 7)
- Apply front panel with foot portion tucked into brace (See Figure 8) and upper portion outside (See Figure 9)
- Secure all straps working from bottom to top (See Figure 10)
- Inflate each air bladder in the order as shown in diagram 1
- Start with bladder #1
- Insert ³inflate´ side of hand pump into air bladder valve stem (See Figure 11)
- Squeeze and release blue hand pump bulb
- Repeat until bottom edge of indicator stops at indicated marker as shown in diagram 2
- Repeat for bladders #2, #3 & #4
- Once proper pressure is achieved, twist and remove blue hand pump
Note: Air pressure must be adjusted any time straps are adjusted and/or walking boot is removed.
If you experience any problems, please contact your Orthotist.