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Boot For Sprained Ankle

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Posted 12 months ago


Last updated: 03/12/2022


by James McCormack

Do you need a boot for a sprained ankle?

In elite sports, athletes spend time in a boot initially regardless of the severity of their ankle sprain. We recommend wearing a boot for a sprained ankle for high-grade 2 and grade 3 ankle sprains.

How long to wear a walking boot for a sprained ankle?

In most instances, it is recommended to wear a walker boot for at least 2 weeks for an ankle sprain. Depending on the severity of the ankle sprain, it may be necessary to wear it for up to 6 weeks. This allows inflammation and irritation within the torn ligaments time to heal in an optimal position while allowing you to walk short distances.


Can you walk on a sprained ankle in a boot?

Yes, a walking boot for a sprained ankle typically has a rocker on the sole of the boot to facilitate walking on a sprained ankle. Walks should be short and as pain allows. They are not designed for long walks but to facilitate movement while allowing the ligaments to heal.

Where can you buy a walking boot for a sprained ankle?

You can buy a walking boot for a sprained ankle on amazon. Below we have recommended two boots for sprained ankles that we suggest to our patients with a sprained ankle

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specializes in Foot & Ankle injuries. james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

Best Boot for a Sprained Ankle

The best boot for a sprained ankle should cover the entire foot, ankle, and lower shin. It should have a rocker sole to make it easy to walk short distances and there should be an adjustment that allows you to pump air around the foot inside the boot to reduce swelling and absorb the vibration from the ground when walking so it does not irritate the joint.

United Ortho Short Walker Boot for Sprained Ankle

  • Rocker Sole to encourage a natural gait
  • Rigid Upright to protect the ankle joint
  • Air Pump for added comfort and to reduce swelling
  • Shock Absorbing Insole
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Aircast AirSelect Walking Boot For Sprained Ankle

  • Rocker sole with soft strike sole to reduce vibration
  • Long semi-rigid shell to protect the entire lower limb
  • Overlapping Duplex air cells line the shell providing intermittent pneumatic compression for 3-times faster edema reduction
  • Designed with a sleek, open frame that provides ventilation

Comment from James: This is my personal favorite for all ankle conditions as the air cells really protect the ankle.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

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