Eliminate heel pressure and give secure footdrop protection
Rigid podus-type boots are typically used to treat heel ulcers and to help prevent footdrop contractures in patients who are primarily bed-bound.
Shell. A podus boot shell should be rigid enough to prevent plantar flexion and give full heel suspension when the wearer is lying supine in bed. Selecting the correct shell size is essential. Look for a range of sizes or size adjustability. The toe plate accessory is not an adequate substitute for increasing the length of the boot. The toe plate should only be used to keep bedding off the toes.
Rotation. Shells that include an anti-rotation bar also help to maintain the leg in a neutral leg/hip position. This is particularly important in the posthip-replacement or post-stroke patient.
Liner. The greatest variety in podus-type boots is found in the liner. Liners come in a variety of materials, and it is important to match the liner to the patient’s specific needs. Issues to consider are skin coverage, moisture/heat management, washability, padding, and strapping/positioning control. For the greatest skin protection, look for shear-reducing, moisture-wicking fabrics. For positioning and contracture control, look for greater coverage at the foot and shin/calf as well as a secure ankle strap. If heat buildup is a concern, consider a lower-profile liner.
Outsole. When selecting a boot, consider safety during transfer and limited ambulation. Models with a secure outsole attachment or integrated nonskid bottom lower the risk of injury during unassisted transfers, and they allow the patient to participate more fully in transfers without risking further skin breakdown.
The AliMed® MultiBoot Family
The MultiBoot family of podus-type boots offer a range of special features that help prevent footdrop contracture. The fully suspended heel design and comfort-quality construction provide pressure relief to aid in wound prevent and healing.
Choose the MultiBoot that fits your patients' needs
MultiBoot X-Cel™ is best when limited ambulation is expected. The easy-on, easy-off outsole is secure and resists unstable twisting. The synthetic fleece liner is generously cut to offer comfort as well as maximum foot and ankle coverage and protection. Use this boot if balance and stability are a concern.
MultiBoot Xtra™ brings skin protection a whole new level. The breathable, moisture wicking liner keeps fragile skin cool and dry using revolutionary spacer fabric to comfortably cushion the entire foot and ankle. Space fabric provides unbeatable comfort and airflow, and won't compress over time.
The comfort and skin protection of MultiBoot Xtra is further enhanced by the liner design. Full coverage of the spine(top and bottom) essentially eliminates the risk of cross-leg injury. Added cushioning under the calf (which ensures protection of the fragile Achilles region) and the generous padding and secure attachment of the shin and foot/ankle straps maximize this boot's comfort and effectiveness. The Xtra model offers safe transfers due to the flat, nonskid toe-plate attachment knob. When in place, the knob provides a safe transfer point for pivot or step transfers. When the knob is removed, there is no residual screw, only flat base of the MultiBoot spine, so the risk of a fall during an unaided transfer is minimized.
MultiBoot Standard offers the essentials to meet your needs at an economical price. The standard model includes our secure semi rigid plastic shell, offering excellent protection from footdrop contracture and full heel suspension. The laminated, washable synthetic fleece liner offers comfortable padded protection. Optional toe-plate extender and ambulation outsole are available to complete this budget-friendly option.