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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Spring-Themed Cast Covers

Spring is here and we are certainly seeing it in our northern California CastCoverz!™ headquarters. Longer days, lots of sunshine, budding blossoms, and broken bones. Our designer cast cover company knows that injuries know no seasons! So if you are reading this, chances are that you, or a friend or family member, has a broken bone. We are sorry to hear and we want to help! Our company was built by mom whose daughter broke many bones so we know how you are feeling (read CastCoverz! founder Annette’s story here).

Our cast covers are designed to do double duty. They help protect the cast and keep it clean while preventing your cast from snagging or scratching your clothes, furniture or skin. And they are fun! We select whimsical, happy fabrics (solid colors too!) to help lift the spirits (or match outfits) of those that need a cast cover. Kids and adults love them.

Here are some of our most popular Spring-themed fabrics.

Armz! Cast Covers for Arm Casts  

Armz! in Colorcopia

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Armz! in Summer Bouquet 

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Armz! in LimeAde

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The above are also available for leg cast and boot covers.

 

Legz! Cast Covers for Leg Casts

Legz! in Limeade 

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Legz! in Peace of Fun 

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Legz! in Cheetah Girl 

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Legz! in Neon Tracks 

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The above are also available for arm cast and boot covers.


Waterproof Cast Covers

We also have AquaShieldUSA waterproof cast covers for your arm or leg casts!  These make swimming at the pool, beach, or lake a possibility! They are also wonderful for showering and bathing.

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At CastCoverz! we make it easy to celebrate Spring because when you feel better, you heal better!

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St. Patrick’s Day CastCoverz! Products

At CastCoverz!® we love to feature themed cast covers and now that it is March we can’t ignore St. Patrick’s Day! You’re in luck because we have plenty of clover green-themed CastCoverz! products to make your injury festive.

Our Slingz! are stylish AND functional! A soft adjustable neck tube makes wearing a sling comfortable and a thumb loop prevents sling creep. Available in a variety of St. Patrick’s fabrics:

Slingz! in Pot O’ Gold

CastCoverz! Slingz! Pot O' Gold

 

Slingz! in Lucky Shamrock

CastCoverz! Slingz! Lucky Shamrock

 

Slingz! in Lucky One

CastCoverz! Slingz! Lucky One

 

Slingz! in Lucky You

CastCoverz! Slingz! Lucky You

 

Slingz! in Emerald Peacock

CastCoverz! Slingz! Emerald Peacock

 

Feeling like you need more luck in sleeping with your arm or leg cast? Your “Lucky Break” is here! Our Sleeperz! allow you to get a good night’s sleep by helping to eliminate scratches (“cast burn”) of you or your bed companion (2 or 4-legged!) or snagging of your sheets (common side effects from casts).

Sleeperz! for Arms – Lucky Break

CastCoverz! Sleeperz! Lucky Break

Sleeperz! for Legs – Lucky Break

CastCoverz! Sleeperz! Legs Lucky Break

 

We don’t want you feeling anymore pain…including being pinched for not wearing green on March 17th! We’ve got solid green cast covers in various shades (click on the link to be taken directly to the product) to keep you pain and pinch-free.

Armz! Green Cast Covers:

 

Legz! Green Cast Covers:

 

And last, but not least, go green with your crutches! 3 designer greens to choose from!

 

Designer Color Crutches in Emerald City

CastCoverz! Designer Color Crutches Green

Green crutches are also available in:

 

Order today for the best selection! Some of our fabrics/colors sell out and no one wants to be out of luck when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day!

Feel Better, Heal Better!

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