A CROW walker is prescribed for patients who have for ulcers or insensate feet. The orthosis has two pieces, like a clamshell, and covers the entire foot and calf of the leg, resembling a ski boot. Although it can be somewhat bulky, the CROW gives tremendous support by preventing foot and ankle movement. It is fully padded on the inside, with a removable insert that can be changed or adjusted. A shoe is not worn with the CROW walker.
On the first day, only wear the brace for one hour at a time. After one hour, remove the brace and check skin for redness. Some small, light red marks may be noticed, but should go away within thirty minutes. If the red marks persist, or if there is any scratching, bruising, or blistering, do not put the brace back on. Call immediately to schedule an appointment with orthotist.
As long as the skin appears normal, wait one hour before putting the brace on again. Continue to put the brace on for an hour at a time for the first day, always checking the skin after each hour.
On the second day, wear the brace for two hours before removing it to check the skin for redness. If the skin appears normal, continue putting the brace on for two hours at a time, checking the skin after each two hour segment. If the skin remains normal, gradually increase the wearing time by an hour each day, always checking the skin after each wearing time.