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Heel Protector | History


A professionally designed heel protector offlifts and re-distributes pressure, giving the affected heel a chance to heal.


Easily shifted pillows are no substitute for a professionally designed and manufactured heel protector.

Heel pressure ulcers have plagued patients long before the reasons behind their prevalence were truly understood by the medical community. What’s more, a professional, engineered solution for offloading pressure is a relatively new phenomenon.


The earliest and most basic heel protector was simply anything that seemed to prevent the skin from rubbing (sheepskin, “bunny” boots, rigid splints) or to keep the heel elevated (rolled up sheets or towels, IV bags, pillows).


Low-tech solutions like pillows or rolled up sheets may initially float the heel, but they offer no assurances that the heel will stay elevated or that pressure will be properly redistributed to the calf. In general, none of these options are recommended as long-term solutions to float the heel, but longitudinally placed pillows can be an appropriate short-term solution for cooperative patients, per NPUAP recommendations.


A major heel protector breakthrough occurred in 1979 with the introduction of Heelift® Suspension Boot, a soft foam offloading boot that floats a patient’s heel in a zero pressure environment and helps prevent a number of other related conditions.


The soft foam and tricot backing of Heelift protects the cushioned leg from irritation and prevents injuries to the patient’s unaffected leg. Heelift also offers advantages beyond those of a traditional heel protector by preventing heel cord contracture, hip rotation, foot drop and Achilles tendonitis.


Click here to read a further comparison of Heelift vs. IV bags when used as heel protectors.


And then contact us for details on how Heelift can help improve your patient’s care.


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