Effects of Walking Boots/Braces on Ankle Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation : A Literature Review
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With sports participation being as high as it has ever been, the number of observed injuries in today’s world of athletics is equally as high when compared to the past. This high number of injuries corresponds to a high number of ankle related injuries since they are of the most common to occur. With ankle injuries being as common as they are, so is the use of braces to prevent injury and walking boots to provide additional support post injury. The use of ankle braces has been shown to decrease the risk of having an ankle related injury by over 60% but not the severity of an injury that may occur. The use of walking boots as a means of rehabilitation provides the ankle with additional support and comfort by immobilizing the ankle joint and lower leg. A negative side effect of walking boots when used in conjunction with crutches is that it can shift the point of pressure in your foot towards your heel and increase that pressure to up to 67%. This shift in pressure can lead to irritation and inflammation of the Achilles tendon ultimately heading towards Achilles tendonitis.