Source: Krames StayWell
Traditional splints and casts for the foot and ankle protect the injury by preventing movement at the joints. However, many injuries heal better and faster if the injured joint can be moved, while protected at the same time. This is the reason for using an AirCast Stirrup ankle splint.
This is often used to treat ankle sprains. It contains padded air cells in a plastic frame that fits into your shoe. This allows you to walk while preventing the ankle joint from rolling in or out causing re-injury.
Ankle sprains can take 4-6 weeks to heal. Persons with severe injuries or over age 60 may require more time to heal. During that time, you are prone to re-injury by suddenly twisting your ankle again while the ligaments are still weak.
When treating a sprain, the Air-Stirrup splint should be worn whenever walking for at least four weeks, or as long as you continue to have ankle pain. You should continue to wear it at least 6 weeks whenever running, playing sports or any activity where there is increased risk of re-injury. Talk to your doctor for specific advice about the treatment of your condition.
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