Your wellbeing whilst recovering from an injury is our main priority. In this section, you have information on:
How do I keep my cast / dressing dry?
The most important thing is to keep the dressing, whether visible or under a cast, dry and free from moisture:
- Use breathable and waterproof cast protector. Casts are breathable but the issue is that home made protectors, such as plastic bags, are not and therefore will cause moisture to build up on the cast.
- For leg casts, our Merino Ultra Wool cast sock is designed to keep your toes warm and clean and is moisture repellent thereby helping to keep your cast dry.
- While showering, ensure the entire cast / dressing is protected and that the seal at the top of the waterproof cast protector has been applied in accordance with the user instructions.
Cast & Shower Protector Care and Safety
- Never wear the Cast Protector for periods in excess of 15 minutes in order to minimise the risk of the trapped air heating up from the heat of the shower and causing perspiration (which can cause damage to the cast and cause infection).
- Cast Protectors should NOT be worn on open or undressed wounds.
- Always let your Cast Protector dry naturally by hanging it upside down. Do not place over a radiator.
- Do NOT machine wash, iron or tumble dry.
- Our Shower Cast Protectors are made from tough and durable Nylon Rip Stop material. However, avoid walking on rough surfaces whilst wearing a leg shower protector as this could cause a tear.
- Our Waterproof Cast Protectors should NOT be used in the bath, sea or swimming pool as this could dislodge the seal.
- Cast Socks may be machine washed at a maximum temperature of 30 degrees.
- Using fabric conditioner with the Cast Socks is ok.
- Do NOT iron, tumble dry or dry clean
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I do if I get an itch inside the cast?
A: Pointing a hairdryer on a cool-air setting down the cast usually helps to relieve these symptoms. If not set on "cool", the cast will heat up and can cause skin burns!
Q: What do I do if I get my cast wet?
A: You should telephone the plastering clinic and ask for guidance.Explain to them where the cast is wet and to what extent if known and whether you think the under cast padding is also wet as a new cast may be required.