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Casting Solution

GaitKeeper® FAQs

1) What is the GaitKeeper® Cast Shoe and when should it be used?

The latex free GaitKeeper is a device used to protect short and long weight bearing casts, and to improve patient’s gait in a cast. It is held in place with three Velcro® straps. One strap has an elastic base to give a consistently firm fit at the heel.

It should be removed only at night for bedtime, but should be reapplied before the patient leaves the bed for any reason at any time. The Velcro® straps should be applied as tightly as possible over the cast.

2) Why should I want a GaitKeeper rather than other less expensive cast shoes?

Ans: The GaitKeeper is a unique cast shoe. It contains 45 large air pockets within the sole to provide flexibility and cushioning against the shock of weight bearing. This cushioning can give pain relief, and diminish the shock of weight bearing on a broken or injured leg.

Its flexibility allows for a rocker bottom smooth gait pattern whereas most cast shoes are rigid boards conferring very clumsy gait patterns.

3) In what sizes is the GaitKeeper available?

Extra small, small, medium, large and extra large. This size range fits small children up to large men.

4) How long will theGaitKeeper last?

It is warranted to last the life of the cast on a single patient. The GaitKeepers’ unique sole and reinforced upper will withstand even the teenage weight bearing patient or we will pay for its replacement. The durability of the GaitKeeper gives it considerable value over other easily broken/torn cast shoes.

5) Can the GaitKeeper be used as a post-operative shoe?

Yes! It will work well, but a smaller size consistent with true shoe size must be chosen.

6) How do I clean the GaitKeeper?

It is best washed by hand. The bottom can be scrubbed in soap and water. If machine washed/dried the Velcro® straps must be closed.

7) Is the GaitKeeper covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance?

The insurance code is L3260 for a casting accessory. Some hospitals and cast/orthopedic clinics include it in the cost of the cast. Sometimes the patient must purchase it separately.