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My mom has dementia. last week she broke her foot . Dr put on her foot boot to help heal her broken foot bone. This boot not comfortable for my mother and if I leave her by self she might loose her balance and cause more damage to her. however this boot will help her healing. I tried several times to keep the boot on her and not stop her from walking so she will not her herself. she is wandering at night. Dr said to me remove the boot at night from her foot. at day time I put it on. however if I leave just 5 minutes I found her walking with it and about to loose her balance or she is taking it off. I did my best stay as much as I can. use wheelchair. any suggestion how can I help mom and keep boot on her foot

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There are probably many good tips from those who have been through it but my mom had to go ST rehab so she could have 24 hr care until she was able to bear weight, go home safely and work with home PT.
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Call the doctor and explain the problem. He may well decide to cast her foot.
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If it's a pneumatic walking boot, I can easily understand why she wouldn't want it on. They're incredibly uncomfortable, have a thick sole and cause a person to walk lopsided. I wore mine only a day - it was just that uncomfortable. It doesn't allow your leg to flex so you walk stiff legged. It also causes you to walk lopsided, so you end up with a backache because one shoulder is higher than the other.

The pneumatic portion allows the boot to be inflated, and when it is, it's almost like feeling trapped and suffocating - imagine putting something your leg, then inflating it and leaving it that way for hours.

It immobilizes the foot and leg even more. And it's incredible fatiguing to wear it.

About 20 years ago when I broke one foot, I had a walking boot that wasn't pneumatic, and it was easily tolerable. But these pneumatic walking boots are a whole different story. It IS hard to wear and walk in them.

Perhaps you can ask the doctor for a different kind of boot. I'm assuming she didn't have a cast for her foot?

I don't have any suggestions on how you can convince her to keep the boot on; just wanted to share the fact that I don't have dementia and after one day I decided not to wear it b/c it was so uncomfortable, hard to wear, upset my gait and caused lopsideness.
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Hope, is it the boot with velcro fasteners? My mom twisted an ankle about a year ago. Swelled up immetiately became quite an awful shade of purple. She was in a boot for about three weeks after. My mom kept the boot, on, but was constantly trying to take it off. With the velcro fasteners that was impossible for her to do.
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