A 62-yr-old male Southern Isabela giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vicina) had a 1-yr history of chronic, reoccurring pododermatitis on the palmar surface of the left forelimb. Aggressive wound management was instituted and included surgical debridement, vacuum-assisted closure, and orthotic boot support during healing. A custom fabricated, carbon fiber clamshell Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker walking boot was utilized to reduce focal pressure over the wound during weight bearing and promote a more normal gait. Distal padding was used to distribute pressure on the palmar surface of the left forelimb, with a focal depression in the padding preventing pressure directly over the wound. The design and trim lines were adjusted to allow shoulder and elbow motion without impingement. The clamshell design allowed relatively easy removal for wound inspection and dressing changes. The wound ultimately resolved after 9 wk of management with the orthotic boot, with no reoccurrence over the next 3 yr.
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