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The proper name of this orthopedic appliance is CAM Walker. CAM is an acronym for "Controlled Ankle Movement." It is also called a high-top or low-top walking boot, cam boot, foot brace, ankle boot or ankle walker.
Controlled Ankle Movement
The ankle hinge of a CAM walker adjusts to allow as much or as little movement as your treating orthopedist, physical therapist or orthotist feels is appropriate to your condition. Do not change this setting yourself, but report any discomfort and ask for a professional adjustment.
CAM walkers are useful in multiple medical conditions and problems requiring ankle/foot stabilization, including post-cast fracture care, sprains and soft tissue injuries, stress fractures, diabetic foot pain and plantar fasciitis.
Wearing a CAM Walker
Follow your health care professional's instructions, especially about when you may remove your CAM walker, such as for sleep or bathing.
Most CAM walkers fasten with hook-and-loop straps that you can adjust for a snug but comfortable fit.
Check the skin covered by your CAM walker frequently for signs of pressure or irritation.
Your CAM walker may look like body armor and make you feel like something out of a science fiction movie, but you'll feel better and get well faster if you wear it as directed, without worrying about making a fashion statement.