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Winter Safety Tips for Those on Crutches

Guest Post by Goodbye Crutches

There’s no worse time of the year to be nursing an injury than during the winter. It may be hard to get out on crutches during any other season, but during the winter it’s downright dangerous.

Here are 5 safety tips to help you navigate the winter months safely on one leg:

CastCoverZ! Color Crutches

CastCoverZ! Color Crutches

  1. Keep Your Crutches Well – Crutches are going to be dangerous no matter what, but in order to make sure they are as stable as possible, you will want them to be in the best possible working order. If the tips are even a tiny bit worn, get new ones. New tips will help prevent sliding on the snow and ice. The tips can grip the ground better and if they are worn, they could cause an accident. Make sure the crutches are adjusted to fit you perfectly so you can walk upright as comfortably and slowly as possible.
  2. 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 sidewalk salted as well, but when you have no control over the street conditions, keep that salt and sand with you to do the best you can at keeping yourself safe.
  3. Check into Alternatives to Crutches – No matter how well you do on crutches,Goodbye Crutches they are still dangerous mobility devices in the winter. You might want to check into alternatives, like those offered by Goodbye Crutches. Goodbye Crutches has three 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. The Hands Free Crutch is even 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.
  4. Ask for Help – It’s hard to give up your independence for any reason, 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, 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.
  5. Think of Comfort – In order to advance your recovery, you need to think of your
    CastCoverZ! Sleeping Bagz!

    CastCoverZ! Sleeping Bagz!

    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 legs (arms, too) and Sleeping Bagz! are made from soft micro-fiber or fleece to keep your toes warm and cozy, while protecting your sheets from snags and cooties, too!  Be sure to check out their Bootz!, BootGuardz!, and BootGuardzXtreme!, for keeping your toes & leg warm and clean while wearing a walking boot out in the elements.  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. During the winter, it is an even bigger burden. Think ahead and use these tips to get yourself to the other side of the season safely, on one leg.

Give Your Injury Some CastCoverz! Love This Valentine’s Day

At CastCoverz!®, we live to love! We love our customers and love offering fun and functional cast covers for injured arms and legs. Speaking of “love”, Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and we know just how much our customers love themed cast covers, so we decided to highlight CastCoverz! products dedicated to love (our heart designs and/or pink and red solids & prints). There are so many to choose from, we are only showcasing our customers favorites and a few of ours, below. Select the perfect love-themed cover for yourself – or your loved one! Hurry while your size and first design choice are still available (they do sell-out)!

Valentine’s Day SLINGZ! (Designer Arm Slings):

Hearts to You

 Rarin’ to Go Red

 

 Wild at Heart

 

More Valentine’s Day Slingz options:

Berry Pink

Seeing Spots Pink

Minnie Dots

Deep Red with Gold Scrolls

Valentine’s Day Legz! (leg cast covers) Armz! (arm cast covers) and Bootz! (boot covers):

Armz! in Happy Hearts

CastCoverz! Fashion Arm Cast Cover in Happy Hearts

 

Legz! in Happy Hearts

CastCoverz! Fashion Cast Cover for Leg in Happy Hearts

Legz! in Sherbert Love

CastCoverz! Leg Cast Covers

 

More Valentine’s Day Legz! options:

Legz! in Red

Legz! in Neon Pink

Legz! in Rubylicious

 

More Valentine’s Day Armz! options:

Armz! in Red

Armz! in Neon Pink

Armz! in Rubylicious

 

Valentine’s Day SLEEPERZ! (Warm, Cozy, and Soft Cast Covers):

Sleeperz! Arm in Blushing Love

CastCoverz! Sleeperz! Soft Arm Cast Covers in Blushing Love

 

Sleeperz! Leg in Blushing Love

CastCoverz! Sleeperz Soft Leg Cast Cover in Blushing Love

More Valentine’s Day Sleeperz!

Armz! in Red

Armz! in Ribbons of Love

Legz! in Red

Legz! in Ribbons of Love

 

Valentine’s Day Crutchwear (Available in Crutch Cover Set: 2 hand grips and 2 crutch tops and optional [but, oh, so necessary] Crutch Bag):

Hearts to You

CastCoverz! Cruchwear Crutch Accessories Hearts to You

Wild at Heart

CastCoverz! Crutchwear Accessories for Crutches Wild at Heart

 

More Valentine’s Day Crutchwear Options:

Berry Pink

Rarin’ To Go Red

 

Give your injury some CastCoverz! love this February! Our products help your orthopedic device stay clean and dry, prevent snagging and scratching, give you comfort and fashion, and are Made in the USA! What’s not to love?!

Feel Better, Heal Better with Love and CastCoverz!

Cover your Arm Cast: CastCoverz! Armz!

Cover your arm cast with CastCoverz! Armz!

Armz! keeps your cast CLEAN and prevents snagging on your clothes or skin. Available in all sizes, Armz! can be customized to fit your cast, both short or long arm casts (no matter how big or small it may be).

Not only is Armz! one of our most FUNctional products, but it also brightens your cast with fashionable flair. Wear your personality on your arm (literally), by choosing from a plethora of our favorite, stretchy (and machine washable) fabrics. From simple solids to bold & beautiful prints, we offer our customers the BEST designer wear to decorate your arm cast.

Beautiful bride with custom cover in matching lace.

Questions about sizing? No problem! Our team of Customer Service Happiness Gurus will be happy to serve you; give us a call at 1-800-CASTCOVER (1-800-227-8268) or visit our website https://castcoverz.com/armz-cast-covers-for-arms/ to find our helpful sizing charts!

We LOVE seeing our customers rocking their Armz! for ALL occasions. Weddings, prom, work functions, school,… everyday life! There are so many options for decorating your arm cast. We pride ourselves in helping our customers Feel Better so they can Heal Better!

Broken Bones – Common Causes

The three most common causes of broken bones are: trauma, osteoporosis, and overuse / stress. Our “Common Causes of Breaks” graphic below gives you more details:

CastCoverz Common Causes of Broken Bones

CastCoverz!® offers Made-in-the-USA orthopedic soft goods such as cast covers, braces, splints, boots and orthopedic accessories (crutches, waterproof cast covers) and more. CastCoverz! products, including our cast covers, crutch accessories, slings, and more, combine function and fashion. Match your outfit or mood while protecting from scratches, snagging, the elements and dirt!

Shop our cast covers for arms, hands and/or wrists, legs, knees, and ankles.

Feel Better, Heal Better with CastCoverz!

For more broken bone facts, check out our broken bones facts infographic!