Everything You Need to Know About Waterproof Cast Covers
- The most common question we get is, "Why would I need a waterproof cast cover?"
That makes sense because it's not something people think about until they need one or hear about cast covers from their doctors.
Why do you need a cast cover?
If you get your cast or bandage wet, you can develop infections and weaken your cast.
A cast cover is the most important thing you need to ensure your cast stays clean and dry while showering. Your main goal when it comes to taking a bath or shower is to keep the moisture away from the injury so you can heal properly, and a cast cover is an excellent way to do this.
Here are some quick and important facts about waterproof cast covers
No need to wet the floor.
A common thing people do is stick their arm or leg out of the shower to prevent it from getting wet.
Unfortunately, not only will most likely water still splash over your cast or bandage, but this is also an uncomfortable way to shower, and you will soak the floor of your bathroom.
Safer and more protective than DIY methods
Using a waterproof cast cover is way better than a trash bag to protect a cast on a broken ankle. Some folks use a kitchen garbage bag on their cast to take a shower.
Unfortunately, they are not 100% leakproof, and sometimes condensation would still build up on the inside.
Using a cast cover properly ensures no leaks and no condensation.
Easy to put on and get off.
The most popular and effective waterproof cast covers have a stretchable diaphragm which you simply open up with your fingers and slide your arm or foot in, like putting on a sock.
Just remember to pat it dry before taking off the cast cover.
They actually work.
Take a look at the ratings and amount of reviews for the top results for cast covers. You'll find thousands of satisfied customers attesting to their ease of use and effectiveness.
Choose the correct size.
When it comes to waterproof cast covers for legs, they generally come in 3 sizes. A standard universal fit, an XL, and a foot and ankle size.
A universal fit is large enough to fit the average size foot and cast.
An XL (extra wide) will fit larger legs and/or large air cast boots or splints. They have a wider diaphragm opening for an easy and secure fit. Additionally, a cast cover with a low-pressure seal (with a flexible ring) can provide extra stretch and comfort.
The foot and ankle size has a smaller plastic sleeve covering and a smaller diaphragm diameter to allow a tight fight above your ankle area.
Reusable and durable.
Some reviewers report that a quality cast cover can be very effective even after daily use for more than a month. Some manufacturers' average suggested use is 6-8 weeks, which is the average recovery duration.
Buy high-quality cast covers.
They all may look the same, but not all are built the same. Wherever you may be shopping online, always look for the top-rated reviewed ones. At Rent A Knee Walker, we recommend the low-pressure seal cast cover and the TKWC range of standard waterproof cast covers. For arm covers, we recommend DryPro Waterproof Cover.
To conclude, a good cast cover is a great cost-effective way to protect your injury. For less than about $25, you can have peace of mind and comfort when you shower.
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