Walker Boots can be used as an alternative to having to wear a cast to help stabilize the foot after a sprain, hairline stress fracture or soft tissue injury. Many walker boots help people to walk normally without the use of crutches (doctor advised only). Walking boots can come in either tall or short versions and can be pumped with air in some versions of the boot.
Tall Orthopedic Boots vs. Short Orthopedic Boots
Tall boots are usually for more severe stress fractures of the lower leg, foot or ankle and allow for much more support than shorter boots. Shorter Boots are less supportive but can still be helpful to immobilize the foot after postoperative foot surgery or ankle sprain and are much lighter. Most walker boots are large enough to accommodate bandages and casts and give more protection during the weight-bearing mobility part of recovery.
Air Pump Orthopedic Walkers vs. Non-Air Walker Boots
Air pump walker boots inflate with special hand pumps to provide customizable compression and can reduce swelling and provide more foot stability after an injury. Non-Air Walker boots still provide a great amount of stability are adjustable and can provide the right amount of stability especially if you just suffering from slight heel pain or just had bunion surgery.