Prevalon® Heel Protector—How to get a better fit

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Question: Can you guess two common areas where people develop bed sores? Hint—think lower extremities.

Answer: If you guessed ankle and heel—then you are correct. 1


When someone is confined to their bed for days, weeks or months, whether they stay in a hospital or at home, they are at an increased risk of developing bed sores—especially on the heel. But you can minimize the risk by using a pressure relieving device—specifically the Prevalon Heel Protector.2

Design features include stretchy panels which make the product easily adjustable so you get the right fit. Thanks to its open heel and design that elevates the leg, there’s less surface area that touches the heel. If you’re new to the Prevalon Heel Protector, keep these tips in mind so you get the most out of it:

  1. Place the foot inside the heel protector and pull the sides up so it wraps around the leg and foot.
  2. Depending on the model, the product includes either 2 or 3 closure straps to fasten it shut. Always use both straps—keep in mind a snug fit keeps the foot and heel in place. But not too snug, avoid over tightening the straps.
  3. Regularly check the device to make sure it still fits snug.
  4. Place the wedge (If included with your model) on the outside of the ankle, so it keeps the foot in place and prevents ankle roll or rotation.
  5. Looking underneath the heel protector, you should see the heel through the opening.
  6. Because of its ambidextrous design, the heel protector can be used on either foot.

Reference: 1. Amlung SR, Miller WL, Bosley LM, Adv Skin Wound Care. Nov/Dec 2001;14(6):297-301. 2. http://qsource.org/toolkits/pressureUlcer/docs/prUPreventionMonitoring/heelPreventionProgram.pdf

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