At Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, we offer different types of non-custom durable medical equipment, also known as DME, to provide the most comprehensive treatment for our patients. We would like to introduce you to the 3 most common DME devices we dispense at HFAA.
1. Stretching Splint - This splint comes in sizes small-large and can be worn bilaterally (on either foot). The most common reasons for needing a Stretching Splint are: heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and Achilles tendonitis. This splint is worn on the backside of your foot and leg. It stretches the plantar fascia and/or Achilles tendon to provide relief from pain.
2. Non-Pneumatic Walking Boot - This boot comes in sizes small-large and can also be worn bilaterally. This boot is used for soft tissue injuries, moderate to severe sprains, stable fractures, post-operative use, trauma, rehabilitation and heel pain. This boot helps to reduce the impact the heel feels when walking through a shock absorbing sole within the boot. The Non-Pneumatic Walking Boot is worn by slipping your foot inside and making sure your heel is all the way against the back and the toes aren’t hanging off the front. The boot is then fastened on by using adjustable Velcro straps for a secure but comfortable fit.
3. Pneumatic Walking Boot. - This boot comes in sizes small-large and can also be worn bilaterally. The Pneumatic Walking Boot is used to help control swelling and pain. This boot is utilized more for soft tissue injuries of the foot/ankle, stabilizing fractures, and during rehabilitation. Very similar to the Non-Pneumatic Walking Boot, the Pneumatic Walking Boot has an additional stabilizing element - a pressure pump. By squeezing the pump, air is pumped into a membrane that provides compression around the foot and leg. By turning the valve’s knob on the side of the pump, it will then deflate the boot and adjust the comfort level.
So now when you come into our office and see different boots on patients’ feet, you can have a better understanding as to what they are and why they may have them! And as always, call Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates at 309.661.9975 for all your foot and ankle pains!