You’re injured, possibly recovering from surgery, and your only job now is to rest and recover. Your days are filled with elevating your leg, propping up your arm on pillows, staying on top of your pain medications, having friends and family wait on you, etc. Then life calls you back to reality. One of the most pressing get-back-to-life activities is to cook for you and/or your family. But there are challenges to cooking and baking while recovering from an orthopedic event. I’ve assembled 15 helpful tips about cooking while wearing a boot, cast, sling or being on crutches. Sift through all the tips to help you with your condition. Hint: my most important tip is the last one and applies to everyone. Read on kitchen warrior… Continue reading
Guest Blog Post by Evenup™
Are you walking with an orthopedic walking boot or wearing a post-op shoe? The Evenup™ Orthopedic Shoe Balancer was developed by foot and ankle specialists that saw the need for a simple, effective way to help patients suffering from hip and back pain, while recovering from an injury or surgery in an orthopedic boot or wound healing shoe.
The Evenup, available at CastCoverZ!, comes in 3 sizes S-M-L and sometimes it can be a bit confusing as to what size will work best for you. Evenup recommends measuring your shoe to determine your size because shoes can vary so much in length. For example, a size 8 shoe can be anywhere from 9 ½” to 11” depending on the type and design of the shoe. We understand that measuring a shoe end to end can be tricky, especially if you are using a hard ruler rather than a measuring tape. For that reason, we have a guideline that can be used when measuring is not convenient or an option at the time. See the chart below:
Shoe Size Evenup Size Shoe Measurment
6 ½ to 8 ½ SMALL 10” to 11 ¼”
9 to 11 MEDIUM 11 ½” to 12 ¾”
11 ½ to 14 LARGE 13” to 14 1/2”
Occasionally, customers have told us that the sentence, “It is generally best to choose an Evenup a little too small rather than a little too big”, is confusing for them. If your shoe falls within one of the measurements, such as 10” to 11 ¼”, then you are definitely that size. We have had customers say, my shoe measures 11 ½”, should I go with the Small since it says to go with a smaller size? The answer to this is no, your shoe measures within the Medium size, therefore you would definitely be a Medium. It is when your shoe measures more than 11 ¼” but less than 11 ½” that we suggest going to the smaller size, rather than the larger. Please note: The Evenup is recommended for use with laced oxford shoes or sneakers.
We make every effort to ensure you are getting the right size for you and your shoe, but should you determine you require a different size, we are happy to exchange it for you!
Part 1 of our “How to” Series:
Here are 3 easy steps to put on your CastCoverZ! BootGuardz! cover, which is designed to protect your orthopedic walking boot, boot liner, and toes from the rain & snow (should you be able to take boot off and on.) For those of you who must wear your boot 24/7, you can always release the drawstring cord and easily slide your cover on and off.
STEP 1: Slide BootGuardz! On
Slide on BootGuardz! (tie at the top) before putting on your orthotic walking boot.
STEP 2: Put On Your Walking Boot
Put on your orthotic walking boot, as you normally would, making sure all straps are secure.
STEP 3: Cover That Boot
Once your orthotic walking boot is securely in place, slide BootGuardz! down over your boot. Pull the bottom portion down so that BootGuardz! covers your boot to the very bottom, while leaving the tread exposed. Then tie the string at the top to keep your cover in place.
BootGuardz! include sewn-in hook and loop fastening tape for optional custom fitting and extra adherence to your boot.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our “How to” Series!