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The Heel Keeper AFO

The Next Evolution in Pressure Injury Prevention & Treatment.
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The Heel Keeper AFO boot that prevents plantar flexion contracture


Representing yet another innovative breakthrough, the Heel Keeper AFO prevents plantar flexion contracture while still maintaining complete pressure relief of the heel. Uniquely, the footplate/AFO is easily removed and following removal, the device continues to provide complete and comfortable offloading of the heel and foot.
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Complete Pressure Relief

The Heel is free-floating – preventing contact with any potential pressure-inducing surface(s) while the Ankle Foot Orthosis holds the ankle in a slightly dorsiflexed position to prevent plantar flexion contracture.
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Detachable Footplate

A single velcro flap allows removal of the AFO’s footplate, enabling thorough wound inspection and dressing changes without the need to remove the entire device.
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Single Device, Multiple Settings

From the OR to the ICU, the ward or nursing facilities to home, the Heel Keeper AFO is suitable in every patient care setting.
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Keeps feet cool

Our breathable and moisture-wicking fabric provides additional comfort, and with the heel freely suspended, the HK AFO helps keep patients’ feet cool, enhancing compliance.
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Enhanced comfort, improved compliance. Longer time in the device = Fewer ulcers, quicker healing and greater cost savings.
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The HK AFO is reimbursable by most health insurance providers for prevention of plantar flexion contracture in appropriate patients, including patients with spinal cord injuries, some stroke patients, and more.* Most other heel off-loading products are not reimbursable.

Frequently asked questions

Questions about pressure injuries (foot ulcers), the Heel Keeper AFO or Ulcer Solutions products? See below or contact us.
Is Flexor Plantar Contracture a concern?

All patients who are immobile for a length of time will develop a contracture (stiff joint), whether their ankle is in a neutral position or plantar flexed. The Heel Keeper allows the patient to safely walk and the ankle joint to be moved through the range of motion while in bed which helps prevent contracture in awake patients. If a patient is comatose or completely immobile they will develop a contracture in whatever position the ankle is in. Our soon-to-be released Heel Keeper AFO will provide protection against developing a contracture and can be used for treatment.

Can you safely walk in the keepers?


Does the Heel Keeper increase the risk of foot drop?

No. Foot drop is typically caused by an injury to the peronal nerve just below the knee around the fibular head. It can occur because of compression in the area by a cast, cushion, or boot. The Heel Keeper is designed to avoid such compression risks.

Can I wear my compression stockings with the Heel Keeper?

Yes, all Ulcer Solutions products can be worn safely with compression garments.

My caregiver loves your products, but I can't get them at my Nursing Home. Any help?

Patient and caregiver requests are very influential in getting new/different products stocked in various institutions, e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, etc.  Please reach out to your administrative/purchasing staff to request that Ulcer Solutions products get added to the available inventory.

Do I need a prescription from my doctor?

No, all of the Ulcer Solutions products are available without a prescription. Please visit our Amazon store by clicking the "Order Now" link found throughout the website.

Is the Achilles Tendon protected in the Heel Keeper?

Yes, the cushion is contoured to provide relief for the Achilles Tendon.

Are the keepers right or left specific?

No, they both fit either leg.

Are the keepers washable?

Yes, we advise hand washing the covers. The cushions can be wiped with soap and water and air dried.

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¹ When compared to traditional offloading boots
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