There’s no denying it: broken bones and the casts that accompany them are inconvenient. However, developments in the technology of cast construction have eliminated one element of inconvenience that used to plague cast-wearers since their creation. With waterproof casts, you no longer need to mandate that patients keep their casts dry.
Why Choose Waterproof Casts?
Although most practitioners have moved away from traditional plaster cast to fiberglass casts, they are still required to use some type of inner lining to sit against the skin. These linings were typically made of cotton, until now. Though the cotton was comfortable and soft on the skin when new and dry, it becomes unmanageable when wet. Cotton liners hold water affecting the skin health.
Even if you don’t plan on swimming, many doctors still recommend waterproof casts for patients. Have you ever tried to shower with a cast? Or bathe a child with one? Whether you use a cast cover or plastic bag, or if you try to keep the injured area out the water, it’s certainly stressful and uncomfortable. Bathing with a cast becomes significantly easier when using a waterproof cast, as the risk for ruining the cast is eliminated.
Developing a routine that centers around keeping your cast dry is inconvenient and, often, impossible. Being able to take a shower and even wash your hands with a cast is vital for your personal hygiene. Bathing and washing with a cast is much easier when you need not worry about getting it wet, particularly for patients who do not have assistance while bathing.
Beyond swimming and bathing, patients cannot control the weather. Be it summer or winter, rain or snow, weather conditions can certainly impact a cast. Physicians, more often than not, recommend patients get a waterproof cast, as it removes the hassle of trying to keep it dry, wearing a cover or attempting to dry the inner lining.