A few weeks ago my wife and I were getting ready for an awesome trip to Moab Utah. We were planning on going to Arches National Park, Canyon Lands National Park, and Deadhorse. The trip was going to be amazing.
But…about 3 days before the trip I started having major pains below my right calf. So much so, I was walking with a limp. I tried the old Ice and Advil routine, RICE method, I even tried a little wine therapy! Nothing seemed to work. The weird part was, I couldn’t seem to identify the cause of the pain.
I went to the Chiropractor, Massage Therapist, and even did Acupuncture. But my main questions was, ‘Do I need a walking boot?’ Anyhow, this all worked for a temporary moment of pain free couch time, but the pain came back just in time for our trip.
Well, we continued as planned and I did some hiking and took in some great views all with a little help from some KT Tape I picked up on Amazon. That and some considerable stretching, I was determined to enjoy the awesome views of the Utah National Parks.
Upon return it was inevitable, I was off to the Podiatrist. I had seen people in walking boots and it absolutely looked miserable. I had put this off for so long, but now I just wanted to fix my pain.
In the end, I had severe Plantars Fasciatius and was put in a walking boot for two weeks. Not too bad compared to the 6 week suggestion on the initial visit. For me, the boot was to reduce the swelling from my Moab trip and then onto Orthotics.
I had heard about Planters Foot before, but when I did my research, I learned stretching and orthotics were the eventual medication.
However, the boot was not forgotten, and did not turn out to be as bad as I had predicted.
Do I Need A Walking Boot
If you think, ‘do I need a walking boot’ then most likely the Doctor will issue you a walking boot! Although my injury was mild and due to inflammation, sometimes you may need one due to surgery or a list of other problems. Always go to the Doctor if you think you have a major problem!
5 Things To Know Before Getting A Walking Boot
1 Get Your Own!
Here is the secret, you can go to Amazon and pick up a walking boot for around $50 or $60. If you get it from the Doctor, it will cost around $300. A hard lesson to learn! But you can find out what kind you need from the Doctor, then get it yourself. I know some people that are hard on their feet and keep one around the house anyway.
2 Know The Problem
If you go this route and pick one up on-line, ask your Doc which one you need. My boot fit both feet so if I had a different injury in the future on my other leg, I could use the same boot. Some boots are full length and cover the calf and some are shorter. In my case with planters foot, the long calf one was Doctor recommended.
3 Get Socks
If you are wearing the boot a long time or in the summer, I suggest getting some full leg soccer socks. This will help with sweat and keep the boot smell away.
4 Get A Roller
The foam roller I picked up on Amazon was key to my ‘good leg’ survival. Since you will be walking with a limp and using one leg for most of your work, that leg will get tired and stressed. I had pains all the way down my leg from walking uneven. I used the roller to get out the muscle tension of my IT band.
5 Go To The Other Doctor
After I got my boot off, I went to the Chiropractor for a much needed adjustment. He told me I was all twisted up and I could tell the difference when I left his office walking straight for the first time since I started the boot.
If you are not good with a Chiropractor, I recommend getting a massage.
For weeks I asked myself, ‘do I need a walking boot?’ In the end, I should have been using it sooner. It was not as bad as I expected and my recovery was much faster with the boot than without.
Keep in mind, if you want to save a little money, get the boot on your own!
I hope your time in Das Boot is minimal, and feel free to ask a question in the comments below.