Back-to-School also means Playground Injuries Spike

                               This article was first published by CastCoverz! in 2011.  It’s worth repeating!
Back-to-School means new backpacks, shoes, jeans, pencils, and excitement!  But, it also means a spike in playground injuries.  Did you know:

*  that 40% of all injuries occur at the beginning and the end of every school year?   
*  that 70% occur on public playgrounds?
*  that 70% of those injuries are severe and involve falls to the surface?
*  that severe injury includes concussions, stitches, fractures and even worse?
Broken Humerus
My 10-year-old daughter was a casualty of a playground structure.  She fell over 7 feet, hitting a piece of equipment on the way down and snapped her humerus.  That’s the big bone in the upper arm.  The worst part?  It was preventable.  SafeKidsUSA and CastCoverz! wants all parents, educators, and playground supervisor’s to be aware of school playground dangers.  But, we also want you to know that most accidents are preventable.  Our next post will be about the ways school playground accidents can be prevented.  In the meantime, have fun with your friends, study hard, and BE SAFE!     
CastCoverz! takes child and playground safety very seriously.  Check out our articles on Playground Safety Tips and Preventing Playground Injuries for more information.

 

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Water Fun and Summer Relief (Even in a Cast)!

Summer season is upon us! Warm, hot, and muggy weather plus longer days equals lots of time at the pool, lake, or beach. But, just because you have an injury, doesn’t mean your summertime fun has to stop! At CastCoverz! we have items to help you, or your loved one, get through the summer with a cast (or a splint or a PICC line or a bandage) and still have a blast!

If you’re going to the beach and have a cast or an orthopedic walking boot (also known as a fracture boot or walking cast) check out our post, How To Keep Sand Out of Your Cast and Walking Boot. 

Read on for waterproof cast fun and relief from hot, itchy and smelly casts:

Waterproof Cast Covers for Arm and Leg Casts 

Waterproof Cast Cover at CastCoverz!

Waterproof cast covers keep summer fun!

CastCoverz! is proud to partner with AquaShieldUSA – the oldest manufacturer of cast waterproof products in the United States. AquaShieldUSA waterproof cast covers keeps bandages, casts, splints, PICC line, and prostheses dry from showering/bathing, even swimming. It is easy to take on and take off, there is no pump, it is latex-free and reusable.

Want to order a waterproof cast cover for your arm or leg cast?
Sizing is very specific. Please refer to our website and videos to obtain correct sizing information (click on links below to be taken to the correct page). 

Waterproof Cast Covers for arms and legs are available for children and adults. 

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CastCooler® for Relief from Itchy Casts

CastCooler Relief for Itchy CastsNo one likes an itchy, hot cast. Unfortunately, those are common side effects of wearing a cast, whether it be summer or middle of winter.  CastCooler® to the rescue!

Customers review CastCooler® as the “best investment ever!!” and, “after using the CastCooler, the smell is GREATLY reduced and she does not complain of itching anymore,” and 63 other 4 and 5 star ratings (out of 65!).

CastCooler® is designed to concentrate cooling and drying on moist areas under your cast. It will:

  • Cool your cast
  • Reduce odor and itch
  • Freshen your cast
  • Speed dry your cast

CastCooler® fits SPICA casts, breathable fiberglass casts, braces and splints. It does not work on plaster casts (sorry!). One size fits all!

Click here to learn more about CastCooler® and see a video demonstration on our website.

At CastCoverz! we know that being in a cast may not be fun but it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, itchy, smelly or stop you from running through the sprinklers! Feel better, heal better with CastCoverz!

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External Fixators, Ex-Fixes, and Halo’s. Oh My!

When you or your loved one breaks a bone, the typical prescription is a cast. Sometimes, the patient will receive a splint, or clamshell, cast. If the foot is involved, occasionally a “walking cast” (also known as a “fracture boot” and commonly known as an orthopedic walking boot [think Star Wars boots]) is dispensed. But, there are times fractures or conditions require an external fixator, also known as Ex-Fixes.

Ex-fixes are external “cages” that stabilize an appendage (leg, foot, arm, hand, finger, …) to promote healing. Most people are familiar with them as “halos” when someone has fractured their vertebrae in their neck or spine. Most ex-fixes are unsettling to look at because the appendage (leg, foot, hand, shoulder, etc…) is often swollen and bruised, with rods sticking into the limb. Quite often blood soaked cotton pads at the pin point are an unintended visual of the device.External Fixators, Ex-Fixes, and Halo's

Why an Ex-Fix and not a cast? Sometimes injuries or conditions are so severe they require constant manipulation to ensure proper healing. The rods and screws can be adjusted, externally, to accomplish this, without requiring additional or minimizing the number of necessary surgeries. Sometimes “ex-fixes” is a treatment choice. CastCoverz! owner’s 17-year old daughter, Elli, was in a serious car accident and her femur was crushed. The femur is the biggest bone in your body and is in your upper thigh. Her orthopedic surgeon gave Elli and her parents the choice of a rod inserted or an ex-fix around her leg. For a variety of reasons, they opted for the rod.

Healing with an ex-fix is typically a long, inconvenient, and often precarious process. Quite often leg and/or foot ex-fixes require bed rest. Compassion and adjusting your expectations for the patient is necessary during this trying time. Often physical surroundings have to be adjusted, too. Remember, as the caretaker, nothing is as inconvenient as what your loved one is enduring.

Because of the obvious unease when looking at an ex-fix (many patients describe it as people staring at them), covering their ex-fix is an important part of a patient’s well-being and healing. CastCoverz! has an experienced custom sewing department that creates custom covers in a variety of fabrics made-to-order for each ex-fix customer. One memorable customer requested (and received) a camouflage cast cover. Yep, a hunter went traipsing in the woods and bagged a deer with her foot/leg in an ex-fix covered in camo.  P.S. She was on the the last “leg” of her healing and had consulted with her doctor (at least that’s what she told us 🙂 ).  

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Cast Covers for Your Special Event

Are you in a cast, an orthopedic walking boot, on crutches or in a sling and have a special event – such as a wedding or prom – to attend? Unfortunately, injuries and emergency surgeries have no regard for the special event on your calendar.

Don’t worry! CastCoverz!™ is here to help. We have cast covers, orthopedic boot covers, slings, crutches and accessories that are fashionable, functional, and customizable so that your cast or sling won’t be the center of attention on your special day … or maybe you want it to be? Either way, we’ve got you covered with over 200 fabrics to select from to match your dress or tux or to make your cast blend in (with neutrals like ivory, nude, black, or white), or to make it stand out with added customization (Swarovski® crystals, perhaps?).

Following are some of our CastCoverz! customers who shared their (very) special cast with us and how we helped the conceal it or stand-out:

Cast Cover for the Bride

Custom Cast Cover for Bride by CastCoverz

 

Designer Color Crutches (in Black) for the Groom

Designer Color Crutches for Wedding by CastCoverz

 

Custom Cast Covers for Prom

Custom Cast Cover for Prom by CastCoverz

 

Custom Leg Cast Cover for Prom by CastCoverz

 

Cast Cover for Dance Recital

Kids Cast Cover by CastCoverz

 

Visit our large selection of cast covers for arms, cast covers for legs, covers for orthopedic boots, designer arm slings, designer color crutches, and crutch accessories to cover your injury for your special event.

If you don’t find what you are looking for or have a custom cover idea in mind, contact us by email (cs@castcoverz.com) or call us toll free 1(800) CASTCOVER (1-800-227-8268) and we will happily help you create a customized cover because we want your special day to be about YOU and not about your injury. 

Feel Better, Heal Better with CastCoverz!

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