Peter Turnbull

Peter Turnbull

Product Design Engineering BSc

Achilles Boot

Ankle Immobilising Orthotic Boot

Ruptures to the Achilles Tendon are treated in one of two ways. One is to surgically repair the tendon and then place the foot and leg in a plaster cast. The other, more conservative approach is to place the injured leg in equinus, in a walking cast boot continually for 12 to 13 weeks. There are a wide range of walking cast boots available but none of them are designed to accommodate the needs of a Achilles rupture patient. The Achilles Boot is designed to be a more comfortable walking cast boot for use in the rehabilitation of a ruptured Achilles. Using a three point pressure system the Achilles Boot securely holds the foot and ankle in position on the foot bed, which can be set in various degrees of extension. The lining is built into the interior of the boot, using a breathable open cell polyurethane foam. The rear of the boot has multiple ventilation holes which allows air to circulate around the posterior of the leg.