Care, Management, and Other Information for Waterproof Casts
There was a time when a broken bone and cast care meant either no bathing or swimming, or a struggle with plastic bags, tape and perfect limb placement in order to swim or bathe. The cast padding material was cotton, something that absorbed water, held odors and dried slowly.
Technological advancements have now given us waterproof casts, and it is a whole new world. The cast padding material in these new casts is made of materials like Gore-Tex®, which do not absorb water or and dry quickly.
Broken bone and waterproof cast care is different than broken bone and cast care used to be, too. Let’s take a look at caring for a waterproof cast.
How Does It Work?
You can bathe, shower, or swim with a waterproof cast with no need for any kind of covering. Immerse the cast in water without worry. The innovative cast padding material is made from a waterproof material so the water wets your skin, but not the liner. Additionally, the material has millions of tiny pores that allow water vapor to escape. As long as your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you can bathe and swim without covering the cast.
The liner will allow your skin to dry by evaporation. For most people your cast should dry thoroughly with no extra help in about 60 minutes.
What Is Appropriate Waterproof Cast Care?
Caring for a waterproof cast is different than caring for a traditional cast. The important things to remember are:
- After swimming be sure to flush the inside of the cast with a forceful stream of clear water.
- If you would like to wash inside the cast, flush the cast area with mild soap and water, and then thoroughly rinse it.
- It is recommended (as long as the doctor is in agreement) to get the cast wet once each day to cut down on odor and irritation.
Are There Any Special Precautions with a Waterproof Cast?
It’s important to remember that even though the cast can get wet, you can still experience dry skin within it. If this happens, you can rinse the cast or put ice on the area.
The cast may also take on an odor. This can be alleviated by cleansing with soap and water and rinsing it very thoroughly with water.
Waterproof casts make broken bones easier to deal with, but you still must use caution. Contact us for more information or ask your doctor about their many benefits if you should ever have an instance where a cast is needed.