If you have a cast, you must keep it dry at all times.
Casts are highly prone to getting damaged when wet and cause skin problems that can compromise your recovery.
Can I Make a Waterproof Cast Cover?
You will find many DIY methods to cover your leg cast, but we highly advise against them.
These methods are not 100% fail-proof, and they can be cumbersome, time-consuming, and carry a lot of risk of getting your cast wet.
But here's the good news:
A great leg cast cover is inexpensive. You can get one for under $20. Better yet, they're reusable and can last the entire duration of your recovery.
A cast cover is also a useful thing to have in you need to walk in rain or snow. Whether you're on crutches or a knee walker, the cast cover will keep your injury safe.
What if I have a waterproof cast?
Even if you have a waterproof fiberglass cast, you still need to worry about the moisture that can build between the cast and your skin.
If you don't dry your skin underneath the cast with a hairdryer, your skin can become macerated.
You can say that a "waterproof" cast is in reality only water-resistant. Investing in a waterproof cast cover can save you a lot of time and hassle.
Types of leg cast covers
Depending on your injury or cast size, there are three different waterproof cast covers available:
How does a waterproof leg cast cover work?
This particular cast cover from TKWC has three components:
|• A blue ring that connects the diaphragm and vinyl cover.
• A stretchable diaphragm that creates a waterproof seal.
• A vinyl material that covers your cast.
How to put on a waterproof cast cover
|1. Using this cast cover is like putting on a sock.
2. Stretch the diaphragm with your fingers.
3. Then, slide your foot up.
4. Push down on the blue ring slightly, and the diaphragm will create a waterproof seal.
How to take off a leg cast cover?
|1. After you're done using your cast cover, dry the exterior with a towel.
2. Using your fingers, open up the diaphragm and slowly slide the blue right off your foot.
3. You hang it somewhere to dry off completely. It will be ready to be used for next time.
4. The stretchable diaphragm will retain its shape for about 6 to 8 weeks, the average recovery duration.
Stay away from the plastic wrap, grocery bags, and duct tape, and invest in an inexpensive waterproof cast cover. Peace of mind and safety is priceless.