Moon Boots – Everything You Need To Know
Why do I need to wear a Moon Boot?
Moon boots are worn for two main reasons:
Taking pressure off an acute injury
Offloading or removing pressure can be required when pain is too great for walking. Using a Moon Boot is necessary for healing a variety of foot and leg injuries. For example:
- Ankle injuries and sprains
- Plantar Fascia tears
- Achilles Tendon sprains and tears
- Muscle and tendon tears
- Bone stress reactions
- Stress fractures
- Broken and fractured foot and leg bones
Taking pressure off when foot or leg pain is becoming chronic
Sometimes when foot and leg pain does not respond to conservative treatment you may be advised to try a boot. For example:
- Non-resolving foot pain
- Ongoing Plantar Fasciitis pain (includes strains and tears)
- Excruciating pain that is making walking difficult
Do I need to be fitted by a Podiatrist?
If you have been advised to wear a moon boot (cam walker) it is because of a serious foot or leg injury. For such injuries, it is important that you are fitted by a qualified Podiatrist.
At Pod Fit Podiatry we provide a 30 minute moon boot fitting appointment.
Your Podiatrist will check the correct boot fit and advise on the wearing process. You will be given exercises to maintain blood flow to prevent adverse issues such as deep vein thrombosis. While it’s important for pressure to be taken off the injury, you still need movement for healthy blood flow.
Some people will wear the boot and expect to be 100% the moment the boot comes off. In reality, pain persists unless rehabilitation is done both in the boot AND once the boot comes off. The muscles will be weaker and are at high risk of further pain and injury.
You will be provided with a plan to regain strength, movement and return to your full activity levels once again.
How long do I need to wear a boot for?
Time in the boot depends on your injury. For example a broken bone could be 6-8 weeks in the boot. For issues such as non-resolving pain it could be a much shorter period for example 2 weeks and re-assessing pain levels. Some injuries require time in the boot and time out of the boot. Again, this is completely dependant on risk of further injury vs the benefit of movement. Some more critical injuries need to be 100% offloaded. Your Podiatrist and other health professionals managing your care will assist you here.
What does it feel like to wear a boot?
A moon boot is designed to take pressure of a serious injury and allow for the area to heal. With this in mind, the boot will feel different to your every day shoe! You’re walking pattern will be a little different with the boot on, to effectively take pressure off your injury. Bear in mind that the moon boot wearing is a short term process (eg up to 6 weeks usually) and is necessary for proper healing. Your Podiatrist can assist you with shoe advice and in shoe wedges to even you up and be more comfortable wearing the boot.
Does Medicare pay for boots?
Medicare do not provide a rebates for moon boots, however your health insurance may contribute with Podiatry cover!
What if I just buy my own from the Chemist or online?
Good question, glad you addressed the elephant in the online room here! We would say that without the right guidance being in a moon boot unsupervised can lead to serious events like DVT (deep vein thrombosis formation) and ongoing pain and disability once the boot comes off. What we often see is ankle or hip pain once the boot comes off, when there hasn’t been proper rehab and guidance. What could have been a shorter term injury can really drag out and affect other joints like knees and hips as well! Our recommendation – don’t cut corners with your health.
We are one of the only clinics in Adelaide to provide Moon Boot Fittings. With our two Adelaide clinics providing moon boot fittings at both Modbury and Findon, you’ll be rest assured to have no issues arranging an appointment!