Can you Drive with a Boot on Your Right Foot?
- Every day, we take driving for granted.
We hop in our car and make the drive to work or school without giving it much thought.
A foot injury can considerably disrupt our daily lives — it forces us to do things differently.
We know that it can be possible to drive with a boot on your left foot, but can you drive with a boot or cast on your right foot?
This is not medical advice. Please always consult with your doctor regarding your specific situation.
First things first
If you're coming off surgery, it's important to remember that driving while high on heavy painkillers or narcotic drugs is not only illegal but can also lead to serious accidents where you can hurt yourself or someone else.
Can you drive with a foot boot?
At first glance, driving with a boot or cast on your right foot may seem possible, it is discouraged by doctors. It is not safe.
Driving while wearing a cast or boot may lead to accidents because you are more prone to being distracted, and your reflexes are slower.
Slower reaction time
According to a study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, casts slow your ability to brake—up to 25% slower in their testing. This is enough to make it unsafe for driving.
Limited range of motion
Driver's with casts can be incredibly unsafe due to the limited range of motion they have.
The study also found that drivers with casts or walking boots were more likely to press the accelerator and brake simultaneously.
The boot takes significant space in the pedal area, giving you a smaller room to maneuver. This reduces your ability to hit the accelerator or brake pedal with precision.
Risks to healing injury
Despite the safety risks, patients currently have no legal barriers to driving while wearing a cast on either of their feet. But this doesn't mean you should do it.
It's not recommended by doctors, who say that driving can compromise your injury from healing properly.
According to the same study, more than 90% of Orthopedic surgeons would generally not recommend a patient drive with an immobilizing cast on their right foot.
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Another interesting mention in the study, some insurance providers (under the terms of most policies) won't pay for damages if the driver was still recovering from an injury or operation earlier that day.
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If you're still recovering from an injury or operation and have a cast or boot on your right foot, it's best to avoid driving.
If you have a cast or boot on your right foot, it's best to avoid driving until your doctor gives you the okay.
Driving with an injury can lead to serious consequences and even hospitalization. Avoid these risks by staying off the road for now until your doctor gives you the okay to get behind the wheel again.
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