5 Tips for Going Back to School on Crutches

Guest Post by Goodbye Crutches

Back to school on crutchesGoing back to school can be exciting and challenging all at the same time. When your child is on crutches, it’s a whole new ball game with plenty of new rules thrown into the mix. Here are five tips to help you prepare your child for going back to school on crutches and helping the experience go as smoothly as possible.

 

Tip#1:  Talk to the School

You will want to let the school know about your child’s condition. He might need to take medications or have a few extra minutes between classes to get around. He might also need to be excused from gym class or have extra help at lunch. Arrange as much as you can in advance with the school, so there are no surprises for him or the school on the first day.

Tip#2:  Arrange Help with Friends

Find out which of your child’s friends are in his classes and talk to them before school starts. Ask if they wouldn’t mind helping carry his books, lunch tray, and anything else he might need help with. Most friends will be more than willing to help, but you could offer a special ice cream treat or a movie adventure at the end of the recovery period as a thank you.

Tip#3:  Look into Alternatives to Crutches

boy_scooter_thumb-resized-600If your child struggles on crutches at home, surely he will have even more trouble at school. One of the best things you can do for him is to look into another mobility device that will help him get around easier. Goodbye Crutches has three options including the Knee Scooter, Seated Scooter and Hands Free Crutch. Look at the details on each and see which would fit your child’s activity level and lifestyle the best. Goodbye Crutches has a number of other products that can help your child with his recovery, as well, both at school and at home.

Tip#4:  Think about Style

PrintsCombo__65624.1366341893.1280.1280If your child would like to add some personality to his cast or would prefer concealing it, CastCoverz! cast covers slip on easily over the cast and come in a wide variety of colors and stylish fabrics. Not only do cast covers help your child stand out or blend in, depending on his personality, they keep the cast clean and snag-free! Who wants to look at an ugly, dirty cast or have his favorite clothing and furniture snagged from the rough casting material? CastCoverz! provides many other fun and functional products that comfort orthopedic patients; such as, designer color crutches, CastCooler for relief from itchy, stinky casts, the CastShield waterproof cast protector for bathing, and DryPro waterproof cover for swimming and going to the beach. Style and comfort help orthopedic patients feel better, so they heal better.

Tip#5:  Pamper Him at Home

Once your child gets home from school, he will be extremely tired from the long day of getting around on crutches. Pamper him as much as possible by bringing his snack to him on the couch and letting him lounge around more than usual, so he can store up as much energy as possible for the next day.

Going back to school always has its challenges. But, when you’re on crutches, it can be even more challenging. We hope these 5 tips will help you prepare in advance and help your child get through his orthopedic recovery experience while going to school.

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What to Wear While On Crutches

Guest Post by Goodbye Crutches

CrutchesIf you’ve had surgery or injured yourself and you’re in the non-weight bearing status and on crutches, you are likely struggling with a lot of things on a daily basis. Of course, you are wondering how you are supposed to get up and down stairs, but even worse, you must be struggling with basic things like showering and getting dressed! With these helpful hints from Goodbye Crutches, you should have a better idea of how to dress for the success of your recovery. Here are some suggestions on what you should wear while on crutches.

-Suggestion 1: The Right Fit
When you are on crutches, you do not want to wear clothing that is too tight or constrictive, which would make it harder to move and make you even more hot and sweaty than you already are. You also do not want to wear loose and baggy clothing that could cause you to trip. Find things in your wardrobe that fit properly, not too tight, not too baggy!

-Suggestion 2: Comfort is Key
When you are dealing with crutches and the hazards of being in a non-weight bearing status, you need to think about comfort above anything else, other than safety, of course! If you have clothing that is not of the utmost comfort, forget those items for now, and focus on being comfortable while you recover.

-Suggestion 3: A Stable Shoe
It might be strange to pick out just one shoe to wear, but when you have a foot or leg injury, it’s all you need. Choose your shoe with care because with only one foot to get where you need to go, you need to make sure your shoe is comfortable and easy to get off and on, without sliding off unexpectedly. The shoe needs to be supportive, too, so you don’t cause your good foot any more grief than the extra use it’s already getting.

-Suggestion 4: Cut Offs or Elastic
It might be rather painful to pull anything over your injured area for awhile, so you might want to consider cutting off some of your old pants and making them into shorts, so they do not aggravate the injury. If that’s not your first choice, buy some pants with elastic (such as sweatpants,) so they can easily stretch over your injured leg.

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-Suggestion 5: CastCoverz!
You might feel like you lack style and creativity during the recovery process, since you are dressing for comfort and not aesthetics. CastCoverz! to the rescue! CastCoverz! offers fun and functional products that comfort orthopedic patients. They have fashionable and solid-color brace and cast covers that slip right over your orthopedic device to keep it clean and scratch-free. Their CrutchWear relieves under-arm and palm-of-your hand pain from crutches with oh-so-comfy and cool designer crutch pads. Add some personality and color to an otherwise not so fun time in your life. You can buy one that matches everything or mix it up with many fabrics to choose from, for kids and adults alike!

-Suggestion 6: Options OTHER than Crutches
Goodbye Crutches Knee ScooterYou might feel as though your crutches are the one accessory you can’t get rid of, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Goodbye Crutches has three great alternatives to help those who struggle with crutches. The Knee Scooter, the Seated Scooter, and the Hands Free Crutch all can help you get around easier, faster, and with more freedom than you can imagine.

With these suggestions, you should be able to choose the perfect clothing items to help you get through the recovery process, with as much comfort and ease as possible. Keep in mind that all of your clothes will be waiting for you when you’re off those crutches. In fact, you’ll feel like you have a whole new wardrobe!

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5 Things You Must Know About Wearing a Cast

If you have injured a bone or ligament, or had surgery, your doctor may choose to apply a cast.  A cast will immobilize the injured area to allow healing.  Wearing a cast will feel awkward and inconvenient, but here are some important things you should know.

5 Things You Must Know About Wearing a Cast:

1.  The most important thing you must know about wearing a cast is to keep it DRY!  This is the #1 request of orthopedic doctors.  If your cast gets wet and becomes gooey inside, your skin could get raw and quite possibly infected (ewww), while the cast loses it’s integrity…Oh No!  Fear not, CastCoverz! will help you keep your cast dry, clean, and scratch & snag-free with fabric cast covers and waterproof cast protectors, which allow you to bathe and swim, while keeping your cast dry!  If you have to be injured, might as well add some personality with cast covers and have a little fun with waterproof protectors!

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2.  Keep your broken bone elevated above the level of your heart, especially in the first 24-48 hours.  This will be crucial in helping reduce the swelling and pain.

3.  Know that it is very normal to lose muscle mass in the area that is casted.  When your cast is removed, you will notice your arm or leg being very scrawny and weak (gasp!,) this is to be expected.  No worries, you’ll gain your muscle mass back in no time!

4.  Do not stick anything inside your cast, especially sharp objects to scratch an itch.  This can cause a skin breakdown, your incision to get infected, or your item could get lost in the abyss of your cast (uh-oh!)  If you have an itch, try the CastCooler®.  This dad-invented product reduces itch and keeps your cast fresh and odor-free by drying out the moisture in the lining.  All you need is the hose of your vacuum cleaner!  It’s a BLAST of fresh air for your icky, stinky, itchy cast.

5.  Feeling claustrophobic from your cast? With the CastCooler, the cool, fresh air will relieve that stifling feeling.  What a relief!  Side benefit of the CastCooler:  It will dry out your cast, if accidentally spilled or splashed on, especially these hot summer days!

6.  Your cast will scratch and catch everything in sight…your favorite sweater, those expensive Egyptian sheets, car upholstery, Fido the family dog, Grandma’s dining room table, and everything you can imagine!  Keep your cast clean and protect your favorite items and people by wearing CastCoverz! daily! These fashionable and functional cast covers come in a wide variety of fabrics from solid colors to bold, vibrant prints.

7.  Casts get dirty and are just plain ugly!  Prevent daily grime, spaghetti sauce, and coffee stains from putting a damper on your day.  It’s bound to happen, but with CastCoverz!, you’re covered because we care!  Our fabric cast covers will hide the grime and give your cast some personality.  Go bold, go beautiful, or stay neutral with our wide variety of fabrics.  Simply remove and hand wash to keep your cover clean.

8.  Please call your doctor if you experience any of the following; swelling, fever, cast feels too tight or too loose, cast breaks or cracks, or if you have ANY questions or concerns about your condition or care of your cast.

For more info on cast care, check out the following article:  Care of Casts and Splints by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  With proper cast care, a cast will do it’s job and promote healing effectiveness!

 

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How to Keep Sand Out of Your Cast and Walking Boot

Summer

Do your summer plans include going to the beach, but you’re wondering how you’ll keep the sand out of your cast or orthopedic walking boot?  CastCoverz! has some solutions for you!  CastCoverz! offers FUNctional products for comfort and care while casted, bandaged, braced, in a boot, or on crutches.

Here are 5 tips from CastCoverz! to help keep the sand out of your cast or walking boot:

DryPro1.  DryPro Waterproof Protector – DryPro lets you enjoy swimming at the pool, beach, or lake without the fear of getting your cast wet AND keeps the sand out due to it’s heavy-weight rubber and patented vacuum seal (available for both arms and legs.) SAFETY ALERT: DRYPRO is NOT FOR USE WITH AN ORTHOPEDIC BOOT!!

2.  CastShield & Mittz! Dry –  For your hand or arm cast, try using the CastShield Waterproof Protector (for bathing) and covering it with Mittz! Dry.  Mittz! is a protective cover made of weather-resistant designer fabric, perfect for layering with the CastShield to keep sand and water out!

3.  CastShield & Slickerz! – For your leg cast or bandages, try using the CastShield Waterproof Protector (for bathing) and covering it with a Slickerz!  Slickerz! is a protective cover made of weather-resistant designer fabric, perfect for layering with the CastShield to keep sand and water out.

4.  BootGuardz! – Protect your orthopedic walking boot, boot liner, and toes from sand getting inside with BootGuardz!, our made-in-the-USA/weather resistant boot cover. For proper footing and your safety, the tread is left exposed. Not for immersion in water.

5.  Glad® Press‘n Seal® – Press’n Seal seals tight on a variety of surfaces, including skin! Just wrap Press’n Seal around a cast (make sure to overlap so 1″ or 2″ of your skin provides the seal).  It will keep you dry for light water activities (splash and plays, sprinklers, etc…) and will keep sand out, too!  It’s great if you forgot your DryPro or CastShield!

Legz_ClassicCheetah_WO_560__04869.1378873283.165.165CastCoverz! provides fabric covers for casts, braces, splints, boots, crutches and so much more!  These covers will help keep your cast clean and snag-free from items such as your clothing, furniture, and other people!  However, CastCoverz! fabric cast covers will not keep the sand (or water) out because fabric is weaved, which can allow granules in.

Don’t let being in a cast or walking boot spoil your summer vacation plans!  If you have any questions or concerns about our tips, please do not hesitate calling us at 1-800-CASTCOVER (1-800-227-8268).  Go ahead and enjoy the beach!

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