Heelift® Offloading Boots

Because all of your patients are different, Walgreen Health Solutions has always made a point of assuring that Heelift brand boots are customizable. But customizable boots are just the beginning.

Heelift Shared Features And Highlights

Fluid-repellent, soft and aids in proper foot position.


Available for patients with edematous legs and other serious injuries.


Creates increased ventilation for patient legs.

Fixed Elevation Pad

Offloads pressure from the heel and redistributes pressure to the calf.

Simple application

Easy-to-use soft straps can be adjusted to accommodate the patient.

Friction-free backing & stiffener

Aids with mobility and prevents the boot from buckling.

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A Softer, Gentler Ankle Foot Orthosis
Our Heelift Products completely offloads the heel with a lightweight boot with a semi-regid brace and outer lining that provides the correct fit for foot drop prevention and treatment while being comfortable to wear.

Since its introduction in 1979, Heelift Classic has helped millions of patients prevent and treat heel pressure ulcers. Over the last few decades, the Heelift Classic and Heelift Basic have allowed facilities to shift their focus from expensive treatment methods to safer, more economical prevention strategies. Forefoot support; spring back technology helps to keep the foot upright.

  • Smooth or Convoluted Interior​

  • Available in Standard, Petite, and Bariatric Sizes

  • Ventilation holes provide additional air circulation

  • Spare elevation pad for optional customization

Heelift Traction Boot

Heelift Traction Boot provides an inventive method of applying skin traction to help stabilize femur fractures prior to surgery and to help prevent heel pressure ulcers after surgery. With up to ten pounds straight skin traction for fracture pain relief, latex-free Heelift Traction Boot helps prevent heel and lateral malleolar ulcers and avert peroneal nerve pressure injury at the fibular head, as well as providing forefoot support to avoid heel cord contracture. During the pre-surgical period when the patient lacks the ability to control the leg, Heelift Traction Boot elevates the leg and controls foot drop and rotation.

  • Spare elevation pad for optional customization

  • Ventilation holes provide additional air circulation

  • Added stitching narrows the forefoot and increases support to provide improved protection against foot drop, equines deformity, or heel cord contracture.

  • After surgery, the side traction straps, traction bar, and rope can be removed, converting the Traction Boot into a Heelift Classic Boot to help prevent pressure ulcers.

Heelift AFO Ultra & Heelift AFO

Heelift AFO Ultra and Heelift AFO are not typical ankle foot orthosis devices. While both products are indicated for conditions treated by convention AFOs, Heelift AFO boots also provide offloading benefits to help prevent heel ulcers. Additionally, the semi rigid brace and the outer lining help maintain proper foot position and assist in preventing foot drop deformity.

Heelift Ultra

  • UltraTec Interior Lining​

  • Available in Standard Size​

  • Reusable anti-rotation wedge (univ. fit)

Heelift AFO

  • Smooth or Convoluted Interior

  • Available in Standard Size

  • Ventilation holes provide additional air circulation

  • Spare elevation pad for optional customization


Durable, Smooth Exterior

Allows the leg to glide easily across bed sheets and under covers.


Extended forefoot

A longer forefoot area helps protect toes.


Forefoot strap

Keeps the heel offloading boot in place and helps support the forefoot.

Semi-rigid Polypropylene Brace: the soft material of Heelift AFOs, together with the semi-rigid polypropylene brace, provide the best possible control of the ankle’s position and motion.


Non-slip Traction Sole: allows patients to walk short distances, meaning you don’t have to remove and reapply the boot after the patient is transferred from the bed or wheelchair. Assistance is recommended.

Heelift Glide Ultra and Heelift Glide

Heelift Glide is the result of 35 years of research, development and refining to create the most innovative and effective heel offloading boot for heel pressure ulcer prevention ever offered. What makes Heelift Glide so unique? A soft, smooth exterior fabric allows the patient’s leg to “glide” from side to side, thereby preventing it from catching on sheets and blankets.

Heelift Glide Ultra and Heelift Glide boots move easily over the sheets, which helps keep them in place. That means fewer adjustments and less time spent reapplying the boot. The comfortable design means better patient compliance and fewer patient complaints. They are easy to clean — both boots are washable and the interior of Heelift Glide Ultra can simply be wiped clean.


  • Durable, Yet Soft, Smooth Exterior: Allows the patient’s leg to glide easily across the sheets.

  • Forefoot Strap: Keeps the heel offloading boot in place and helps support the forefoot.

  • Friction-Free Tricot Backing: Unlike products with sharp edges, Heelift Glide, like all Heelift offloading boots, is manufactured with a smooth tricot backing that aids in patient mobility and safety.

  • Tricot Covered Stiffener: Prevents Heelift Glide from buckling.

  • Ventilation Holes: Provide additional air circulation to promote increased patient comfort and a cooler heel offloading boot. Glide is 40% lighter than pillow-style boots.

  • “Easy-on, Easy-off” Rounded Straps: Easy to use, the soft straps can be adjusted to accommodate the patient’s specific needs.

  • Choice of Two Interiors: Heelift Glide is available with a choice of two foam interiors. Smooth foam is available for patients with edematous legs while convoluted foam creates a cooler offloading boot.

  • Extended forefoot: A longer forefoot area helps protect toes.

  • Deluxe exterior stitching: Reinforces the structure of the heel offloading boot while making the boot less bulky.

  • Washable/Autoclavable: Like other Heelift products, Heelift Glide can be washed safely in a net or mesh laundry bag and can be autoclaved for sterility.


Heelift Glide is indicated for patients who are at high risk for heel pressure ulcers or who have experienced pressure ulcers in the past.

Heelift Glide can play an integral role in offloading the heel to help prevent heel pressure ulcers. Unlike pillows, which can actually aggravate heel cord contracture, Heelift Glide assists in keeping the patient’s foot in the correct position for heel pressure ulcer prevention. Compared to pillows and other heel offloading devices, Heelift Glide can also save a lot of nursing time. 


When using pillows, the caregiver has to determine:

  • Whether the pillow is thick enough to actually prevent the heel from making contact with the bed

  • Whether there are enough pillows to fully elevate the heel

  • Whether the pillow is properly relieving pressure on the heel while also helping to avoid foot drop

  • Whether the patient is remaining in the ideal position for heel pressure ulcer prevention

Because Heelift Glide “glides” across the sheets, the patient’s foot will stay in place even better than it would in other professional offloading devices. This not only provides more effective care for the patient, but it also means fewer adjustments and less time spent reapplying the boot.

Heelift Glide Ultra

  • UltraTec Interior Lining

  • Available in Standard, Petite, and Bariatric Sizes

  • Reusable anti-rotation wedge (univ. fit)

Heelift Glide

  • Smooth or Convoluted Interior

  • Available in Standard, Petite, and Bariatric Sizes

  • Ventilation holes provide additional air circulation

    • Spare elevation pad for optional customization


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Heelift Application & Customization Videos

These videos apply to Heelift Classic Boot, Heelift Glide Boot, and Heelift AFO. In addition to providing superior heel offloading capabilities, Position Health’s Heelift offloading boots are fully customizable to enhance patient comfort and prevent hip rotation, foot drop, Achilles tendon irritation and malleolar decubitus. Over the past 30 years, Heelift offloading boots have become the products of choice in pressure injury prevention and treatment. Heelift offloading boots are recognized for their superior design in elevating the heel in a pressure-free environment.

          Customizationof Heelift Boots          Heelift AFO Features          Heelift Glide Features           Heelift Classic Features 

Simple instructions with Visual Examples of How to apply Heelift.

Step one for application of Heelift® Offloading boot for Pressure Ulcer prevention and treatment[/caption]

STEP ONE: Place foot inside the boot with the heel resting above the heel opening.

STEP TWO: Thread straps through D-rings and secure the straps. APPLY THE STRAPS LOOSELY.

STEP THREE: Test the fit under the heel opening and under all straps. The straps should not be touching the skin.

Care Instructions

  • To HAND WASH: use mild cleanser and warm water.
  • To MACHINE WASH and DRY: secure straps and place in net laundry bag or pillowcase.
  • To SANITIZE after washing: use an antiseptic spray.
  • To STERILIZE: Keep the straps loosely affixed, use standard protocols with a steam autoclave. Allow a few hours to cool and dry completely

Customize Heelift®

Every Heelift boot is ready to use right out of the bag, but if required, can also be customized to suit your patient unique needs.

Heelift AFO, Glide and Classic all include a spare elevation pad to facilitate customization. Heelift AFO Ultra and Glide Ultra boots have a removable elevation pad cover for this very same reason. Every Heelift boot is ready to use right out of the bag, but if required, can also be customized to suit your patient’s unique needs.

Achilles Tendon: If redness occurs in this area, cut a “V” shape out of the fixed pad. If using both pads, customize the upper pad.

Malleolar Decubitus: Cut away foam on the fixed pad surrounding the ankle as needed. Cut the spare pad in half and place it along the inside of the boot increasing protective space around the injury.

Heelift Anti-Rotation Wedge

The Anti-Rotation Wedge gives you the flexibility needed to stop rotation in immobile patients. The easy to apply, reusable wedge attaches to either side of the boot, and prevents rotation.

  • Use with any Heelift Boot (Standard or Petite)
  • Takes just seconds to apply
  • Works for both external and internal rotation
  • Reusable
  • Heelift Ultra models include an Anti-Rotation Wedge
The Anti-Rotation Wedge gives you the flexibility needed to stop rotation in immobile patients.[/caption]
Foot Rotation: Cut the spare pad lengthwise. Remove adhesive backing and attach the spare pad in a horizontal position along the inside of the boot parallel with the leg.

SCD and Heelift Boots: Apply the boot normally with the SCD sleeve and place the tubing so that it exits out of the opening as shown.

Every Heelift boot is ready to use right out of the bag, but if required, can also be customized to suit your patient’s unique needs.[/caption]

Managing Microclimate


What is microclimate?

In relation to pressure ulcer development, microclimate is a term used to describe two aspects of the interface between the skin and a support surface – temperature (of the skin or the soft tissues) and humidity or skin surface moisture at the interface between the skin and the support surface.

Why Heelift Boots Create a Cooler, Drier Microclimate

There are a few features of Heelift® Brand Boots that help create the desired cooler, drier microclimate that prevents pressure ulcer development. As the above cut-away shows, Heelift® completely offloads the heel, allowing heat and moisture to escape so long as the patient is turned regularly. Additionally, the ventilation holes found in the Heelift AFO, Heelift Glide, and Heelift Classic further help the flow of heat and moisture.

Why is microclimate important?

In a recent study published in the Journal of Tissue Viability, Amit Gefen PhD. Dept. of Biomedical Engineering wrote, “There is increasing evidence that thermodynamic conditions within and around skin tissue strongly influence the susceptibility of skin to SPUs (Superficial Pressure Ulcers)…” Successful pressure ulcer prevention depends upon a complex balance between two sets of parameters — the external loads applied to the skin and soft tissues, and the intrinsic ability of the skin and soft tissues to withstand prolonged or excessive loading. If the intrinsic resilience of the skin and soft tissues deteriorates, pressure damage is more likely to occur. Hence, a full understanding of a patient’s conditions, and immediate environment, including anything that may cause the patient’s skin to increase in temperature or moisture should be considered.


What Is A Pressure Ulcer?

A pressure ulcer is an injury to the skin as a result of sustained pressure applied to the skin over time (friction and shear play a role as well). The pressure results in reduced blood flow and eventually causes skin breakdown and the development of an open wound. If the conditions leading to the sore are not rapidly corrected, the localized skin damage may spread to deeper tissue layers, affecting muscle, tendon, and bone. If not adequately treated, open ulcers can become a source of pain, disability, and infection.

Why is Prevention Important?

Prevention of pressure ulcers is key because treatment can be difficult. Prevention plans require the skin to be kept clean and moisturized, frequent careful changing of body position (with proper lifting, not rubbing across surfaces), use of special mattresses or supports, management of other contributing illnesses, and implementation of a healthy diet. Relieving or reducing the pressure on the area is essential.  

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