The Foam Walker provides semi-pneumatic support with Aircast full-shell protection and is available in 4 sizes (small, medium, large and X-large). Foam-filled aircells cushion the ankle for customized comfort and support. This support is effective in fracture healing and managing edema. Includes a hand bulb.
Stable fracture of foot and/or ankle
Severe ankle sprain
A semi-rigid shell for protection formerly expected only from a cast
A rocker sole to reduce plantar pressures
Pulsating, graduated compression for edema reduction
Custom-inflated aircells maintain proper positioning of leg within brace for enhanced stability
Anthropometric full-shell support
Custom inflated aircells for individual fit and support
Semi-pneumatic compression for improved blood flow and edema management
Lightweight design: rigid foot, flexible around calf for strength, fit and comfort
Full shell protection. Low profile for natural gait. Sealed air-cushioned heel
I wore this after I fractured my foot and it was a total life saver. Really surprisingly comfortable. A lot better than being stuck in cast. I now wear and Aircast Ankle brace that I really like too. Nice products! - BethAnn
First of all, let me say that I am a *very* picky girl. I severely sprained my ankle a couple of summers ago. I couldn't even walk, but an x-ray revealed there was no break. My doctor advised that immobilization was necessary, so I went to the local pharmacy and picked up the brand of "walking boot" they had in stock. MAN, was that thing HEAVY. The weight of the boot on my foot/leg while walking was horribly uncomfortable for my weak ankle. In addition, the walking boot didn't immobilize me even as well as my ankle brace did when wearing a shoe. As soon as I tried it on, I knew that it was NOT what I wanted to be wearing for weeks on end!
I started looking online -- researching and comparing all the available models of walking casts. I ended up getting the Aircast FP Walking Brace. I first tried the Aircast SP Walking Brace (the shorter model) but found that the taller version immobilized my ankle much better. The inflatable inserts feel like heaven to someone with an ankle injury -- compressing the injured area to reduce swelling and slightly massaging your ankle while you walk. You are able to inflate/deflate each side independently for a customized fit.
Some other walking boots I tried had only foam across the top. They were basically a foam boot, attached with straps to a hard rubber-type lower/vertical shell. When I walked in one of those types of boots, it felt like my foot/leg was pulling up out of the boot, and while my foot was in the air during a step, the weight of the boot hung off my injured limb by the velcro straps. Ugh, so painful! Not so with this boot! The semi-rigid outer shell is held comfortably in place by the adjustable straps, providing a firm, stabilizing hold. Unlike other boots I tried, it never feels like this boot is hanging like a weight. I don't know if this boot is actually lighter than other brands of walking boots or if the construction just provides better pressure and weight distribution, but it certainly feels much lighter and more comfortable while walking. This walking boot was exactly what I had been looking for. Yay! No more crutches + ankle brace!
Because I am also a very clean girl, I appreciate the fact that the liner and insole can be completely removed and washed. You can also purchase replacement liner and insole sets separately, and the shell is nearly indestructible. I went out playing in the woods and on the beach in this boot, and can attest to how wonderfully it cleans up!
I don't often write product reviews, and for anyone without lower limb pain, I can see that this review might seem a bit too enthusiastic. But if you're facing having to wear one of these things for weeks or months yourself, you might better be able to appreciate how these features can make your recovery more bearable.
Happy healing, everyone! :) - Jenna
Because I'm self employed and can't afford the post op recovery time off, have decided to just wear this Aircast boot. Fit is great and a pleasure to wear. - Steven
After a severe ankle sprain I was given a splint at the hospital and purchased some crutches. The splint offered very little support and the crutches made it impossible to do anything. Fortunately the orthopedic doctor I saw for follow up the following week put me in this aircast boot. What a difference! I could move around when I had to without pain because of the support it gives. The interior airbags allow you to adjust the support level as the swelling of the foot changes, or as needed for comfort. A bit more for walking and a bit less for when relaxing with your foot up.
Unless you have someone who can wait on you hand and foot (no pun intended!) get one of these....I HIGHLY recommend the Aircast boot! - Casey
Major help with walking when I had a severe foot injury. - TX
I was first diagnosed with extensor tendonitis but I never seemed to get better. I called the doctor's office and asked if I could wear a walking boot. They said that was OK so I bought a boot at the local medical supply office. it seemed to help somewhat but was also very hard to wear and I finally gave up wearing it. I decided to get a second opinion and was diagnosed with a stress fracture. I understand it can sometimes be very difficult to diagnose with an x-ray, but this doctor was almost certain it was a stress fracture with just the examination. X-ray confirmed the diagnosis. He put me in an Aircast FP walker which is much more comfortable than my previous boot. Even though it is larger it is more comfortable. I wear it all day and then take it off to sleep at night. My previous boot did not have the inflatable air cells and I found it impossible to make it fit correctly. I'm very happy to have a correct diagnosis and a correct comfortable treatment. - Nancy
I received this brace when it was discovered that I have a rather large stress fracture on the heel of my foot. Needless to say it was quite painful to move much less walk on my foot. The brace helps to stabilize the heel and the air cushion is great, it is like walking on air. My shepherd dog however thought that the inflate/deflate pressure guage would make a great "chewie" so that will have to be replaced. It is somewhat awkward to walk with but is alot better than being in a hard immovable cast. One other note - due to the height of the heel on the brace I find that I have to wear a shoe on the other foot with a higher heel to keep me level.
So for the next 6+ weeks this will be my constant companion. - hubcap
A year ago I suffered 3 hairline fractures on my left foot. Now I've been advised that I have a stress fracture on my right foot. I almost got rid of the boot never thinking I would need it again almost a year to the day later. As the boot fits either left or right, I don't have to buy another one. Although I hate the damn thing this is some consolation as I will be wearing it for the next 3 to 4 months again. Hopefully this is not an annual event. - Kate
In South Africa these braces are called Moonboots, for some obscure reason, and I have had one for over seven years. The model I have is the Foamwalker, and it was first prescribed for a foot injury in 2005.
It has sinced done the rounds of friends and family, and myself again when I suffered another injury.
Recently I slipped on litter in the street and landed up in the boot again. The doctor wanted to prescribe a new one, but I told him there was no need, I had one already.If he'd known the vitnage, he would probably insisted, but it's still alive and well, and on my ankle as I write this. My husband is, sadly enough, also in the latest version of the boot at this time, and his comment is that the cleaner lines of the older model are less uncomfortable when they come in contact with the rest of the body, and there I do agree. The fancy new shaping gives edges for other parts of the body to catch on, and that is the only down side to a very good product.
My boot has done many miles with me, and I am very happy with the long aircells. They are a lot more comfortable than the pneumatic walker, even though one would expect the pneumatic walker to have more support. It's the height of the cells at the ankle which makes the difference.
I hope this helps somebody out there. We would have been happy to know these facts before ourselves - Wol
Have a broken 5th metatarsal. This boot stabilized my foot and reduced the pain a lot. Being able to remove it for showers is a huge bonus! - me
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Questions on Aircast FP Walking Brace
From cheryl at 6/15/10 11:30 AM
aircast fp walking brace. can you replace just the inside foam? It is gray .
Yes, follow the link below for pricing and product information:
What is the difference between the XP Walker and the FP Walking boot?
The XP Walker has 2 more additional aircells than the FP Walker, for a total contact fit.. The FP Walker has just the 2 distal aircells. The XP Walker also comes with 2 socks to be worn with the boot.
From adam at 7/15/10 1:31 PM
I just sprained my ankle (3rd degree) and was told I need to wear this boot for 3 weeks. Do you have to wear the boot at all times or can you take it off if you will be at your PC in sitting down position for several hours?
The intention of a Aircast FP Walking Brace is to completely immobilize the lower leg/ankle/foot area. You'll want to consult your physician in regards to when you can remove the brace.
From Josh at 8/14/10 8:41 AM
Do you offer a replacement Hand Bulb for this model?
The replacement bulb for the Aircast FP Walking Brace can be found here:
It is recommended to wear a sock with the Aircast Walking Braces. We have the Aircast Sock Liners available for purchase. They are a very lightweight cotton/lycra material and are seamless to prevent irritation. Follow the link below for information:
The Aircast FP Walking Brace weighs 2.7 lbs.
From Kelli at 3/7/11 5:23 PM
I have the FP walker and one of the inflatable cells has come loose and won't stay in place... any ideas?
Kelli, typically the AirCast FP Walker Aircell can stay in place with use of double sided tape. If you apply that tape between the aircell and the shell of the walker, that should keep it in place. Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us at www.betterbraces.com again.
From Sam at 5/31/11 4:56 PM
Is this kind of brace good for plantar fasciitis
The Aircast FP Walker is indicated for moderate to severe ankle sprains and fractures. Typically, for plantar fasciitis we reccommend the Aircast Air Heel by day and the Doral Night Splint by night. Should you have any additional questions please let us know.
From Kim D at 7/16/11 11:31 AM
How should I wash and dry the liner to eliminate smell and germs of fungal bacteria?
You may hand wash, and air dry the liner.
From Brian at 8/10/11 2:36 PM
How much do I inflate this, i.e., how tight should it be?
When inflating, you want the boot to feel snug, but not so tight it is cutting off circulation. Start with 2-3 pumps in each cell, and then add one pump to each till it feels snug.
From Courtney at 8/15/11 1:31 PM
Is there a thinner sock that you would recommend to wear underneath the xl pneumatic aircast?
We have the XP Diabetic Walker sock and that item number is 0129A
From Meghan at 10/9/11 8:17 AM
Can you buy replacement aircells for the short aircast boot? Mine will no longer stay inflated. Thanks alot.
Yes, what size do you need?
From Simon at 11/28/11 1:48 AM
Do you ship to the UK and how long does this take?
Unfortunately we do not ship outside of the US.
From Bill Mahady at 1/12/12 7:20 PM
Weight of xp walking brace
Small - 2.0lbs
Medium - 3.5lbs
From Richard at 3/5/12 7:32 PM
Should l wear my FP walker to bed?
Wearing the walker to bed or not would be determined by your injury and your physician's treatment protocol. I suggest checking with him/her to see when it is appropriate to take the brace on and off.
If you have additional product questions, please call 1-888-405-3251.
Have a nice day.
From Michael at 3/25/12 10:09 AM
Can one take a shower with the FP on?
The FP walking brace can get wet. But, the sole is not designed to be 100% slip resistant and may not be safe to wear while showering. I suggest checking with your physician and ask if it is appropriate for your injury to take the walking brace off while showering or if you need to follow other bathing procedures.
From Bob Schowe at 5/23/12 8:01 AM
Yesterday I put on an Aircast FP Walking Brace, per my doctor’s instructions, to address a problem in my foot/ankle. Unfortunately, it immediately turned the top of my big toe into “hamburger.” How can I keep this device from destroying my toes? Do you have a shorter top support? Thanks
The Schowe Co., LLC
110 Farrington Drive
New Albany, Indiana 47150 USA
Phone: (812) 944 8715 Mobile: (502) 489 1838
Is the edge of the front panel hitting the middle of your toe? Just move it down your foot so that it's flat on your foot. We can send you additional padding if you'd like. Please call us at 800-553-6019.
From Janet at 1/2/13 6:36 PM
I have to wear an aircast walking boot for six weeks after having total ankle replacement.( I have been wearing a plaster cast for the first six weeks). The doctor did not give me any instructions as to when to wear this walking boot. I have a wheelchair which I sit in to wheel myself around the house. Need I wear the walking boot even when I am in the wheelchair ?
Thank you for contacting DJO Global. This would be a question that your physician would be better suited to answer.
From Jeff at 4/6/13 9:29 PM
Good day, i have ankle surgery 3 weeks ago with fiberglass cast on, then my doctor ask me to wear aircast fp walking brace after he remove the fiberglass cast. But still no pressure to my foot, But i am having problem on sleeping with this do you have some tips on how to sleep better with this on because the doctor said to put this on while sleeping. Thank you.
Hello, Jeff -
Unfortunately, there are no recommendations as far as making the booth more comfortable to wear to sleep.
If you have further questions please feel free to contact our product specialists at 888-405-3251.
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
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