Curious about that bulky new attachment to your arms or legs? Casts are much more complicated than they may seem at first; in order to deal with a wide variety of injuries and body types, there are many different shapes, sizes, and purposes for casts. There are also many adjustments that first-time cast wearers need to make as their injuries heal. It is very important to carefully follow the cast care instructions provided to you by your doctor.
Casting material and cast padding tend to stay similar no matter what types of cast you have: typically multicolored fiberglass. Inside the cast, the padding usually consists of cotton or some other synthetic to help keep the wearer comfortable. Additionally, some casts, upon request to your doctor, include a waterproof padding so that the wearer can get the cast wet when showering, swimming or being active and sweating. If your cast doesn’t have a waterproof padding, it’s very important that you don’t get the cast wet – so be careful!
Types of Cast
There are several different varieties of cast, just as there are several different injuries they can help to heal. Usually an arm or leg cast consists of a long rigid brace going above and below the injured joint. A long arm cast, for instance, goes all the way from the hand to close to the shoulder so that the elbow is immobilized. With short leg casts and long leg casts also available, the pattern extends throughout all four limbs. Additionally, for injuries to the hips, a spica cast typically covers the top of the legs to the abdomen to help restrict the movement of the hips, forming a large protective area. With several different types of casts for all age ranges, including babies and infants, there are many cast types in use today.
Cast Care Instructions
As mentioned earlier, it’s very important to keep your cast clean and dry, as water on or in a cast can create issues. Don’t insert anything between the skin and the cast, not even to scratch an itch – this is a recipe for disaster and a quick way to drop something down your cast!
Additionally, you’ll want to avoid putting lotion or power underneath the cast.
Don’t Hesitate to Contact Your Doctor
No matter what kind of cast you have or how your cast padding and material are working, it never hurts to make sure you’re practicing good cast hygiene. Call your doctor for more information today or AquaCast Liner if taking advantage of our waterproof cast padding material – we’ll be glad to help and answer any questions you may have!