Most casts aren’t waterproof, but they certainly can be. Waterproof casts can save you a lot of hassle and make dealing with your recovery process a lot easier for many reasons.
In a traditional cast, first, a layer of cotton padding is placed around the injured limb, and then the fiberglass casting tape or plaster is applied overtop. Although the fiberglass layer of the cast is water resistant and won’t disintegrate if it gets wet, the standard padding underneath is not waterproof. For that reason, the entire cast has to be kept dry. This can be tricky when you need to take a bath or shower or go swimming or even when wanting to be active in sports. Because this is such a common problem, experts have figured out how to waterproof a cast and physicians all over the globe are recommending if you or your child has a more active lifestyle.
The secret to a modern, waterproof cast is the lining, such as the liners AquaCast Liner creates. Instead of the traditional cotton padding, waterproof cast padding is used instead. The liner is made of a special material that won’t absorb water, is highly breathable and dries quickly. The normal fiberglass tape, which is also water-resistant, is placed on top.
Waterproof cast liners have numerous benefits including:
Fast to Dry When Wet
The waterproof liner doesn’t retain water, so it will dry in about an hour.
Cast is Washable
If the cast gets dirty, you can wash it without damaging the cast.
Wear the Cast to Swim
A waterproof cast can be completely submerged. It’s safe to wear while swimming in the ocean or a pool, though rinsing the cast afterward is recommended.
Fine for Showers & Bathes
Unlike traditional casts, there’s no need to fuss with a cast cover or struggle with plastic bags and tape. You can take a shower or bath just as you normally would.
Helps Avoid Cast Odors
While wearing the same pair of socks for a few days may not be a big deal to an eleven year old boy, most of us can’t imagine wearing more than a day. Perspiration and smelly odors can build up inside a traditional cast, but with a waterproof cast, you can rinse it out to keep it smelling clean.
Skin Can Remain Clean
Think about what’s under your cast. It’s dark and damp – a breeding ground for bacteria. Waterproof casts allow for washing of the injured area with soap and water, as it can dry, to allow for less bacteria or other skin issues to arise.
Waterproof cast padding is a great development that give patients the ability to keep up activities that aren’t practical or possible with a standard cast. To learn more about how to waterproof a cast, contact us today.