What is a CAM Walker?
A Controlled Ankle Movement (CAM) Walker AKA Moonboot is designed to immobilise and offload the ankle & foot allowing damaged bone or soft-tissues to heal.
Why have I been prescribed a CAM walker?
Whether you have sustained a severe ligament/tendon overstrain, tear or rupture, fractured a foot/ankle bone or have a non-healing chronic wound a CAM walker will prevent excessive loading and movement of the affected tissues supporting healing. CAM Walker wear is typically part of longer term management in conjunction with a subjective rehabilitation plan. Conditions or injuries commonly involving CAM walker immobilisation in treatment include:
Potential risks of a CAM Walker?
Due to the thicker CAM Walker sole you may experience a change in gait leading to strain of the knees, hips or lower back, this can be mitigated by wearing a supportive shoe with a similar sole thickness on the opposite foot. Likewise care must be taken on slippery/uneven surfaces or climbing stairs to avoid falls. We additionally advise against driving while wearing your CAM walker. Immobilisation in conjunction with injury can increase the risk of clot formation (Deep vein Thrombosis), if you feel abnormal pain or swelling in your leg additional to existing injury related pains, remove the walker immediately and present to your nearest hospital or GP.
What happens at the end of the wear period?
Before ceasing CAM Walker wear you are required to visit your prescribing practitioner for assessment to determine if adequate healing has occurred and if rehabilitation can then commence. Often an X-ray, diagnostic Ultrasound and/or physical re-examination is required to establish if sufficient healing of the damaged tissues has occurred.
Where to purchase a CAM walker?
CAM Walkers can be purchased in our Tumut Clinic and should be fitted by a trained practitioner (Podiatrist or Physiotherapist) to ensure appropriate fit and offloading.
At Peak Performance Podiatry, our Podiatrist Evan is experienced in prescription and fit of CAM Walkers. For further information, injury assessment or CAM Walkers fit and issue book online or phone 02 5926 3806.
We’ve all stepped awkwardly slightly twisting an ankle at some point and thought that was a bit clumsy! But if you have immediate pain, swelling, bruising, instability or can no longer bear weight you have likely sprained your ankle…
Ankle sprains often happen during rapid changes in direction in multi-directional sports such as netball, soccer or rugby, or when walking on uneven ground. Typically the ankle rolls outwards and the foot turns inwards straining the lateral supporting muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Implications of a lateral ankle sprain vary in severity and may involve aspects of peroneal tendinopathy, anterior talofibular ligament tear [weakest and injured first] calcaneofibular ligament tear [injured in more severe ankle sprains] posterior tibiotalar ligament tear [strongest and rarely injured in isolation] or bone fracture [common in youth and elderly].
If you or someone you know has a suspected ankle sprain it is important during the first 48hrs post injury to rest, ice, compress & elevate the ankle. Use crutches to walk and take an oral anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen as directed to manage pain and reduce swelling. 1-2 days post injury you should seek specialist assessment from a trusted health professional such as a Podiatrist who will determine the severity of your injury via physical assessment, ultrasound or x-ray scans and then tailor a recovery and rehabilitation program to prevent long term weakness and instability.
Our individually tailored rehabilitation programs aim to return normal ankle range of motion, strengthen supporting muscles, improve proprioception/balance and return you to functional activities and sport as soon as safely possible while reducing risk of recurrent ankle sprains.
For further information about ankle sprains or to book a consult with our Podiatrist book online or phone 02 5926 3806
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Evan Feather [BPodMed]