6 Ways to Complete Your Prom or Wedding Look (With an Injury)

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Can you find her CastCoverz!? Discreet cover matched bride’s dress!

Injuries and surgeries always come at the worst time.  But, it is especially difficult and disappointing right before a very special event.

What’s worse is your cast, boot, crutches, sling, or any orthopedic device can be a major distraction for your special day.

Don’t despair!  We have 6 ways to conceal or glam it up for the bride, prom-goer or groom!

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Happy Groom in Midnight Black Crutches from CastCoverz!

 

1. Add color! Casts and crutches can be wrapped or taped in a variety of colors or patterns, even glow-in-the-dark. The best selection is DuckBrand®.  You can find rolls of it at your local hardware or office supply store.  We’ve even spotted them at Target®!

Here’s a link for a printable $5.00 off DuckBrand coupon. You can order some spectacular crutches in designer colors, too like our groom did with Midnight Black crutches.

2. Bedazzle it! Glam and glitz your cast, boot, crutches, even your sling!  But, beware jewels and crystals often have edges which can snag your dress or tux.  Might be better to cover it up.  Check out our Pinterest page for outstanding customer design ideas here.

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Our customer, Toni M., making a splash with her custom Slingz!

 

3. Casttoo This decal like product looks like a tattoo for your cast. The rough surface of a cast can be tricky to draw on, especially intricate designs, so this is a clever alternative.  Be very careful care, though. A hot hairdryer is used in its application.  You don’t need a burn to go with that cast.

4.Use it as a memory-book!  Grab a rainbow of Sharpie®’s, commemorate the event or date, then let your friends or family sign it.  You will have a keepsake to remember (and eventually treasure).

5. Do you have a special logo for your event? Display it on your sling, (like our customer did with her company logo left), boot, leg or arm cast.

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Prom goer in custom Legz! open toe and rhinestones to match fun, flirty dress!

6. Cover it! With over 200 fabric selections you’re sure to find something at CastCoverz!  to cover that cast, boot, brace, or splint.  CastCoverz! can create and customize any cover or sling to match your ensemble or make it stand out.

Whether you want a custom creation with matching lace, rhinestones, or sequins, or you want to keep it simple with one of our stock covers in lace, black, nude, ivory, or white.

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24Karat cast cover matched this prom goer’s dress like a glove!

Whether you want to make it disappear, coordinate, or pop, you are sure to find a way to do so with these helpful tips! Don’t get caught up in the injury blues, and focus on the most important factor: making memories at your special event. “Embrace” this special day and, above all, be safe and have fun!

P.S. We create custom covers for members of the entire wedding party, especially mother(s) of the groom or bride.  For some reason, they are particularly clumsy the week before their child’s wedding.  🙂  For more custom pictures, please check out our Custom Covers page.  

Please add your family friendly comment how you glammed it or covered up your injury on your special day. Pictures are welcome, too!

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What to Wear When Your Arm is in a Cast or a Sling

What to Wear When Your Arm is in a Cast or a SlingIt is HARD to find something that is stylish, and will work for you when you have your arm casted, braced, or in a sling. Limitations are everywhere when it comes to your wardrobe, unless you have a personal assistant helping you dress, bathe, etc.  Button down jeans, attempting to put on a belt or even something that used to be so simple like tying your shoes is now giving you fits.  But you still want to look good while you heal and let your personality shine when you are out and about right?  You could look to your caregiver for help or do it on your own.  Here are some great fashion tips from our friend, Alison Gary, a fashion journalist and owner of the popular blog, Wardrobe Oxygen, that helped her get through her time of healing while staying stylish, comfortable and looking great!


Tops

To top things off, Alison wore shawls and pashminas, flowing garments that wouldn’t be too close to the skin or the cast, and give a feeling of freedom. She also recommends jackets in softer materials that can be taken off easily, just in case you start to feel uncomfortable.

What to Wear When Your Arm is in a Cast or a SlingSlouchy sweaters and tunics that are easy to get over the head, and tops with elbow-length sleeves that won’t stick to the cast are excellent options. For your first layer to give you hidden comfort underneath the stylish items, a ribbed tank will help to keep the top layers in place, and v-neck tees are a comfortable choice.

Wearing these free-flowing and soft tops can help with an overall feeling of attractiveness, which is so important while you’re wearing a cast and worrying about whether your movements look stiff or pained.

Bottoms

fashion-605508_1280What about bottoms? Getting bottoms in a larger size than you need could help make it easier for you to get dressed with one arm. Leggings can also give you a good solid bottom option to wear with your oversized tops and you won’t miss a step when it comes to style.

Dresses

Stretchy dresses may be the way to go, and you can wriggle your way into them without worrying about whether they can get over the cast. A stylish caftan that is big enough to slip on easily can also be an option to pair up with leggings or boots.

But the struggle continues. Now you have a few options for clothing choices that give you room to move your arms around, and make it easier to get into tops, bottoms and dresses. What else can you do to try to get around the “snags” in looking good while your arm is in a cast? What do we do when the material of those clothing items we have rub against the cast or ride up while we’re wearing them?

Cast covers can help, and you can quickly identify which clothing materials work well with the comfortable and washable material used in cast covers arm covers. Cast Coverz! Armz! will help to protect your clothes from snags and you can pick a couple of colors to wear with outfits chosen to make feel free and attractive while you keep yourself comfortable and stylish!

Accessories

Accessories present a new and exciting challenge during the cast-wearing days, don’t they? You can’t get into those boots you loved to wear, and your favorite handbag is hard to swing down from your arm so you can rummage through it. smiling-1180847_1280Flat shoes that you can slip into, and stretchy boots that you can pull on will make a big difference when you’re getting dressed and undressed. A cross body purse is a practical alternative to the shoulder purse, and scarves are easier to put on than necklaces during this time. A wool cape or a down vest can be roomy options for the cold winter days or spring weather. The ultimate accessory is a cast cover that you can wear with any number of outfits and you can get them here at CastCoverz!

Looking your best while your arm is in a cast can help you to feel better and heal better, and you may want to consider some of the other things that can contribute to your recovery. If you’re thinking of things to do to keep you occupied while your social activities are limited, check out Fun Things to Do While Wearing a Cast. Or you can take a look at Cast Fashion and Lori’s List of Most Loved Products for more reading fun.

We’d love to hear what worked for you!  Please add your family-friendly comments, below!

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Why do my hands and armpits hurt while using crutches?

Why do my hands and armpits hurt while using crutches?Being injured is the pits!  (Pun intended.)You have been using crutches for over a week.  You are starting to feel like you can be more active every day, but there is one thing holding you back.  You now have a new pain in a completely different area.  I am talking about the pain under your arms, and in your hands.Soreness comes in two varieties for crutch users:

  1. Tenderness (most of this is the weight pressing on the armpit and/or the palm of the hand).
  2. Abrasion (due to constant friction on parts that aren’t used to it).

To answer your specific question, you’d have to answer which one or are both affecting you? Feelings of frustration are building up because one injury is leading to another.  Don’t worry! Help is on the way.  Here are some great tips to alleviate the pain:

  • Have your doctor or physical therapist check to make sure that the crutches are adjusted right. They should be about 2-3 inches under your armpits, and when you put your arms at your sides, the hand grips should be even with your wrists.
  • Rest! Ice!  Elevate!  We understand you are feeling antsy and trapped.   But, to get better, you need to rest.  The more rest, the faster the healing! Give it the time it needs.  Looking for ideas on keeping your mind busy while you wait?  Click here.
  • Invest in CastCoverz! CrutchWear Comfort and fashion are just a click away!

All of our CrutchWear is padded just right for the ultimate in comfort.  We’ve tested a lot of thicknesses to find the perfect density.  Here’s what we discovered:PrintsCombo__65624.1366341893.1280.1280

You would think super padded would be the ultimate in comfort.  But many of our customers were off-balance and actually some complained that the circulation in their arm was cut-off (artery was pressed closed when resting/balancing/walking on the crutches)!  So back to the drawing board.  Too thin was a waste of (your) money.  Our current padding has satisfied 99.2% of our customers. That’s a super respectable number! 🙂

CastCoverz! CrutchWear is made out of durable cotton, faux fur or fleece (NO slippery nylon!).   They wash up well, provide the comfort you need, and give you style!  Don’t forget the handy crutch bag, too! All your essentials tucked in roomy bag with loops to affix to your crutch to avoid the annoying bag flop.  

We hope this finds you on the last “leg” of your recovery.  🙂

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Winter Safety Tips with Crutches

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Nursing an injury during winter poses many risks and challenges. Any other season seems awkward enough getting around on crutches, but add snow and ice into the mix and disaster awaits. Of course, precautions and steps can be made to reduce the dangers and possibility of further injuries (and without becoming a hermit).

Crutches are going to be dangerous no matter what, but here are 5 safety tips to help you handle the winter months on crutches:

  1. Keep Crutches in Good Working Condition

In order to make sure crutches are as stable as possible, you will want them to be in the best possible working order. Even at the slightest show of wear, get new tips. New tips will help prevent sliding on the snow and ice. Since the tips grip the ground, a little wear can cause an accident. You can also purchase ice grip tips to help get even better traction on snow and ice. Also, make sure the crutches are adjusted to fit you perfectly so you can walk upright as comfortably and slowly as possible.

  1. Use Sand or Salt

Keep some sidewalk salt or sand in your car with you at all times. Whenever you have to get out somewhere that looks slippery spread a little sand or salt right outside your car door so you can get your crutches and steady yourself as safely as possible. You will want to keep your driveway and sidewalks salted as well, but when you have no control over the street conditions, keep that salt and sand handy to do the best at keeping yourself safe.

  1. Alternatives to Crutches

No matter how well you do on crutches, they still pose a risk when used in the winter. Perhaps your Doctor has suggested crutch alternatives, like those offered by Goodbye Crutches. Goodbye Crutches has a variety of great devices that can help you get around easier and with more safety. The Seated Scooter, for example, is a wheeled device that allows you to sit and scoot yourself from place to place, while keeping your bad leg elevated and out of the way. You will remain stable at all times in the seated position and you don’t have to worry about slipping at all. The Knee Scooter works much the same way, only you stand and place the knee of your bad leg on the padded area. You have handlebars to keep you stable and a basket to carry your keys and other items. Even The Hands Free Crutch is a better option than crutches. This device attaches to your bad leg and allows you to walk much like normal, while retaining the use of your hands. Having your hands available to balance you is never a bad thing in the winter.

  1. Ask for Help

Independence is important, but when it comes to your safety, sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Ask friends and family members to run some of your errands for you so you don’t have to venture out into the cold, icy weather. When you do go out, try to have someone meet you at your car to help usher you inside safely. Having one injury is bad enough; you don’t want to add another to it.

  1. Think of Comfort

In order to advance your recovery, you need to think of your comfort, as well as your safety. Things like cold toes can not only be uncomfortable and irritating, but also dangerous in colder temperatures.  CastCoverz! Sleeperz! for leg casts (arm casts too!) and  Sleeping Bagz! for boots are made from soft fleece to keep your toes warm and cozy, while protecting your sheets from snags and cooties, too!  Be sure to check out our Bootz!, BootGuardz!, and BootGuardzXtreme! to keep your toes & boots protected from the elements and clean while wearing a walking boot out in snowy and rainy conditions. Think through other comfort levels and research what you can do to fix them during the winter months.

Safety must be a high priority for you while you recover. And while safety should always be in the forefront, winter creates more obstacles to consider (and are often overlooked). Think ahead and use these tips to get yourself to the other side of the season safely, on crutches.

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