Showering with a cast can be a challenge as you typically have to take precautions when you are getting in and out to avoid getting water into the cast padding. Our team at AquaCast Liner enjoys sharing tips and advice we received from patients and also what we have experienced over the years in the business of producing high quality, durable waterproof casts for thousands of physicians and their patients all over the globe. Here are 4 simple and quick waterproofing tips you can use when you shower with a cast.
1. Cast Covers
Now, we don’t like to promote cast covers as a means to waterproof your cast; however, they can be effective in you need to get something in a hurry or a DIY solution. We understand not all patients may have the opportunity to wear a waterproof cast. So, cast covers can do the trick. Cast covers can be ones you buy online, from your doctor’s office, make out of plastic bags or, we’ve heard, people wrapping their casts in saran wrap or, even better, Glad Press’n Seal. We suggest you be mindful of your cast padding material in order to keep water out to avoid damage, rashes, etc.
2. Waterproof Casts
This is what we’re talking about! Waterproof casts and the cast padding are designed to repel water and restrain the material from staying wet, while allowing for your cast to dry quickly. AquaCast Liner is 100% waterproof so you can keep your injured arm or leg submerged for hours on end in the lake, pool or bath tub. The material will not absorb moisture, so your cast will dry quickly no matter how long it has been in the water. You just need to make sure to thoroughly flush out the cast with soap and water.
3. Use a Chair
Yep, you heard it right! You can use a chair to keep your cast dry. How? Well, you can keep your arm or leg propped up on the chair while you are showering. We’ve heard some patients hold on to the towel rack to keep the cast out of the shower water. Whatever you choose to hold on to or rest your leg/arm on, like a chair, we recommend you make sure it is kept secure and stable, so you will not hurt yourself.
4. Detachable Shower Head
These are great. Everyone should have one regardless if you have a broken arm or leg in a cast. A detachable shower head will make it much easier for you to clean yourself and give you more control of the flow of water, keeping it away from your injured area. When moving around in the shower and using a detachable shower head, be very careful not to slip or bang your cast on the wall of the shower.
We hope you learned some more tips and advice from waterproof cast padding professionals here at AquaCast Liner about other ways you can safely and effective shower with a cast or go bathing with a cast. If you have any questions, please contact us or your physician at any time.