The proof is in the pudding. Or, in this case, the padding. The key to waterproof casts is in the padding. The outer layer of most modern casts is made from fiberglass tape that is completely waterproof, yet you can’t go swimming or take a shower because the padding underneath is not. How inconvenient is that?
Fortunately for you, there’s an easy solution – waterproof cast padding.
Traditional cast padding is cotton or polyester and it must be kept dry. If not, it can hold water, like a sponge and may even develop a moldy, funky smell. If you want to take a shower with standard cast padding, you have buy a cast cover or else break out plastic bags and tape and start wrapping. Even then, you risk an unexpected leak. And, whether or not you use these option, they don’t account for the perspiration under the cast – it’s definitely going to smell! Nor do they account for having to do that each and every time you bathe. Using waterproof cast material instead of the standard cotton/polyester underlayment eliminates these problems entirely.
Thanks to special materials used in its production, waterproof cast material does not absorb water and dries quickly. Because of this, your cast can get wet without absorbing moisture.
Waterproof casts will normally dry in an hour or less after getting wet without any special care. A cast with a waterproof liner can be completely submerged, making it safe for swimming or bathing.
With waterproof cast padding, it’s much easier to keep up your normal daily activities than with a regular cast. The waterproof lining is breathable and washable. . Since casts are often worn several weeks, getting a waterproof cast can save you a lot of aggravation and inconvenience, especially during the Spring and Summer months or in warmer climates in the US. If the inside of your cast begins to get sweaty or smelly, you can simply give it a wash and dry it out. It’s that simple!
Going waterproof costs a little bit more than using standard padding, but it is well worth it. It’s a great development that makes wearing a cast a whole lot more tolerable. To learn more about waterproof casts, contact AquaCast Liners or your physician today.