Aircast Tutorial

Boot From the side

How does one wear an Aircast?

…very carefully and with much stomping.

Heh.

By the way, I *wish* this were a sponsored post. Aircasts are not cheap! I’m so thankful for our insurance. Still! Yikes.

Because this routine is so engrained in my head, and because as soon as I’m a few weeks out of my aircast, I’ll forget (thankfully!), here are the steps to take when putting on and removing an aircast. (Steps to take? Oh, the puns! I just can’t stop myself.)

Put your heel all the way in the back of the boot.

Put your heel all the way in the back of the boot.

Firmly and gently pull the flaps over your foot and ankle, affixing with the velcro.

Firmly and gently pull the flaps over your foot and ankle, affixing with the velcro.

This is the hard shell. It goes on the top of your boot.

This is the hard shell. It goes on the top of your boot.

Position the hard outer shell with the front part over your toes, tucking inside the boot, and the ankle part with the velcro outside the boot. (Fit the top of this over your toes first, before velcro'ing it to your ankle. It works better that way.)

Position the hard outer shell with the front part over your toes, tucking inside the boot, and the ankle part with the velcro outside the boot. (Fit the top of this over your toes first, before velcro’ing it to your ankle. It works better that way.)

Feed the straps through the “buckle.” (I do them one at a time. For photo purposes, they’re both done here.)

Pull the straps so that the “ridge” of the strap comes through the “frame” part of the “buckle.” Not doing this step will allow the boot to be too loose. Here is the proper toe alignment of hard shell and proper strap position.

Do the same with both straps. It will feel snug.

Do the same with both straps. It will feel snug.

Find the nozzles on either side.

Find the nozzles on either side.

To inflate, pump 8 times on each side with the “Inflate” side of the tool.

To inflate, pump 8 times on each side with the “Inflate” side of the tool.

To deflate, pump until the the tool sucks in on itself. It won’t take as many as 8 times, and that’s okay.

To deflate, pump until the tool sucks in on itself (as you can see here, my thumb is not holding it down). It may not take as many as 8 times, and that’s okay.

Don't forget to do both sides of the boot. Whatever you do to the left, do to the right.

Don’t forget to do both sides of the boot. Whatever you do to the left, do to the right.

NOTE: You MUST deflate before removing the boot or bad things happen! (What exactly, I’m not sure, but I follow the rules! The nurse said something about it never fitting your foot properly if you do that, so I make sure to remember.)

So, there you go!
…very carefully and with much stomping.

😉

2 Responses to “Aircast Tutorial”


  • Is it so bad that I read this whole thing thinking of crabs–both hard- and soft-shelled? And now I have visions of hard-shelled crabs with little air thingies in their front claws, making adjustments to the air pressure.

  • Ha! Donna Jo, that’s hilarious. Maybe crabs DO have little nozzles. I’ve never looked that closely. 😀

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