New York Yankees short stop Derek Jeter was recently photographed walking around in a Rebound Walker. This walking boot, made by Ossur, is the same boot we use for our patients at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Not that we had any doubts about the quality of medical equipment we dispense, but the fact that a professional baseball player is using it to rehabilitate an injury should only bolster our use of the same product, right? Our team at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists strive to not only provide the best foot and ankle care in Austin, but to offer you the best in medical technology and devices (such as the Rebound Walker).
So what happened to Derek Jeter anyway? Well, if you read our blog with regularity or watched last year’s playoff, you will remember that last October the short stop fractured his ankle during game 1 of the American League Central Series. After missing the remainder of a playoff series that saw the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants in the World Series, Jeter spend the rest of the off season allowing his injury to heal. The span of 4 to 5 months is typically adequate time to heal from and rehabilitate and ankle injury or fracture. While one would have expected Derek Jeter to be back for this season, he reported to spring training in the Rebound walking boot we mentioned earlier. It was reported that he sustained another small fracture in the previously injured ankle and would be out until the All Star Break.
Walking boots are usually used in the last stages of the bone healing process. The process of bone healing involves a soft ‘callus’ of blood over the break which then becomes hard. As the bone heals together this hard callus begins to remodel with the bone. It is during this remodeling stage that the bone regains its strength. Through the use of walking boots, you and your doctor, can slowly introduce the increased strain that allow your bones to be as strong as they are. Walking boots can be used in a variety of ways and is only one of many tools your Austin podiatrist can use to get you well!
Until next time, keep those feet and ankle happy and healthy Austin!