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don't let your broken bone stop your from trick-or-treating in style

Don’t Let Your Broken Bone Stop You From Trick-Or-Treating in Style

Broken bones can be a real bummer, but that shouldn’t keep you from trick or treating! 

CastCoverz! has plenty of options to help incorporate your cast or brace into your Halloween costume OR to be the Halloween statement on its own!

Working around a cast, boot, sling or crutches may seem daunting when trying to put together a costume, but we have tons of creative options at CastCoverz! to make your costume work!

Here are a few CastCoverz! products we think will help you feel better, heal better, and still be a part of Halloween festivities! 

Tubez! in Wicked Webs

Wearing a brace is scary enough! With Tubez! you can conceal your brace, picc-line or a tattoo in “Wicked Webs” (also available in Tubez! for Legs, Armz!, Bootz! and Legz!), and turn into a spider superhero for Halloween. Tubez! can also be worn as an undersleeve to prevent skin abrasions. Please measure carefully because each Tubez! is custom and can’t be returned due to incorrect sizing measurements or otherwise.

 

 

Bootz! in Dark Skulls

 

If you’re looking to be a skeleton for Halloween, this Bootz! cover in “Dark Skulls” is perfect for you! (Also available in Armz! and Legz!) Protect your boot, cover your toes and those stick-to-everything Velcro straps. Easy on/off design with no elastic, Velcro, buttons, or zippers!

 

 

Slingz! in Africa 

If you want to be a classic cheetah for Halloween, this is the perfect coverup for your sling to blend into your costume! Fashion meets function with this animal print Slingz! (also available in Armz!, Legz!, Bootz!, and Crutchwear). 

 

 

 

 

Crutchwear in Rainbow Tie Dye

If you’re going for a 70’s inspired hippie costume, we have this groovy Crutchwear to match your outfit (other groovy options from Armz!, Legz!, Slingz! and Bootz!). Optional convenient hands-free bag for keys, cell phone, wallet, water bottle, and all of your essential items NOW WITH Anchoring Loops to prevent items from spilling out or unequal weight distribution! 

 

 

Standard Print Crutch Wear in Moo

Don’t let your broken foot stop you from a cute costume! This year incorporate your Crutch Wear in “Moo” to be a farmer, cow, or cowgirl(boy) this Halloween! Using crutches can now be comfortable, convenient, and fashionable. The 4 piece cover set includes 2 hand grips and 2 crutch tops. Add our handy crutch bag to carry all your essentials, too! 

 

 

 

Legz! in Going Dotty

This Halloween you can match your ladybug costume to your broken bone. Adding this cute polka dotted Legz! In “Going Dotty” will give you some bright red ladybug legs! (Also available in Armz!, Bootz!, Tubez!, Crutchwear and Slingz!)

 

 

 

 

 

Armz! in Tie Dye Pink Purple

If you’re looking to be a mermaid for Halloween, we’ve got you covered! This Armz! in “Tie Dye Pink Purple” (also available in Legz! and Bootz!) is perfect to add to your costume. Your broken arm will blend right into your costume with your shiny tail!

 

 

 

 

If it’s raining (or snowing for those of you up north;) don’t forget your Slickerz! leg cast cover. Our closed-toe design and WEATHERproof fabric keep your leg cast, bandages, and toes clean and dry from rain, slush, and snow. A drawstring cord prevents the elements from going down your leg, too! If it’s your hand you need covered, we’ve got you covered with Mittz! 

 

CastCoverz! customers have gone above and beyond with their creative-cast-incorporating- costumes in the past. For more costume inspiration, read one of our most popular blog posts here

All of us at CastCoverz! wish you a fun and safe Halloween celebration!

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How To: CastCooler® Leg Demonstration

In this Facebook Live: All Things Orthopedic , Annette de Lancey (Founder and Owner of CastCoverz!) gives a helpful tutorial on how to use CastCooler®.  

Steps:

  • Remove the CastCooler from packaging (And remove your CastCoverz! cast cover).
  • Remove paper backing from the CastCooler.
  • Insert the inverter valve and attach it to the hose of your vacuum cleaner.
  • Wrap the CastCooler around your cast to enjoy INSTANT RELIEF!

What does the CastCooler® do?

The CastCooler keeps your cast fresh and reduces itch by removing moisture from the lining under your cast. Simply wrap the CastCooler around your cast daily, and connect a standard household vacuum. After 10 minutes, moisture is removed. Without moisture, bacteria growth (the cause of odor and itch) is reduced. Your cast stays fresh!

How does CastCooler® work?

CastCooler creates a gentle vacuum on the outside of your cast, bringing fresh air between your skin and the cast. Air flow is directed through the lining of your breathable orthopedic cast removing moisture and cooling your skin. Without touching your skin, bacteria, itch and odor are significantly reduced. Your cast stays fresh.

Do I need a special vacuum?

The CastCooler works with a common household vacuum and hose attachment (not supplied).

Will the CastCooler® work with my cast?

The CastCooler works with all breathable orthopedic cast material (fiberglass, sorry not plaster..but less than 5% of casts are plaster…so you probably have a fiberglass cast) no matter size or limb, one size fits all! Use the CastCooler as often as you like, it cannot be overused. Whenever your cast is moist, hot or stinky…use it.

Cast Claustrophobia Syndrome: How to Keep Your Cool in a Cast!

Diagnosis: Cast Claustrophobia Syndrome

Are you in a cast?  Are you hot? Of course you are! Doesn’t matter the season, hot or cold, casts get hot.  Think about it- you have layers of cotton next to your skin, wrapped with tape and finished with a glue that hardens to form a protective shell.  Can you say claustrophobic?  

Regardless of age or activity level (even lying on a couch watching tv) humans perspire; it’s our natural body regulating and cooling device! 

Wearing a cast prevents this cooling process to occur.  The heat you feel radiating from your body is REAL, it’s just trapped inside your cast.

Fighting that sticky discomfort is another uncomfortable part of wearing a cast, regardless of the time of year. When your arm or leg is itchy & hot you might find yourself getting heated and possibly anxious about your cast.  At CastCoverz!, we call this Cast Claustrophobia Syndrome.

Luckily, we’ve got some cool suggestions for helping you “keep your chill” while wearing a cast. 

Keeping Your Cool

CastCooler: We’ve been a HUGE fan of CastCooler ever since the company made their debut. One determined dad invented this device to help alleviate discomfort while wearing a cast.  Their website states, “by creating a gentle vacuum on the outside of your cast or splint, airflow is directed through the lining of your cast/splint. This airflow immediately removes moisture and cools your skin. Without touching your skin, bacteria, itch, and odor are significantly reduced, and your cast stays fresh.” All you need is a vacuum with a hose.  Check out their website for more info on this game-changing product, as well as a handful of awesome testimonials!

Oh, and it’s nearly indestructible! So, tuck it up on the top shelf of your medicine cabinet for the next injury in your family (we hope not! 🙂 ) OR we know someone in your circle (friends, neighbors, family, classmates, co-workers) will be in a cast and you can gift it to them!  You’ll be loved forevermore for your thoughtful get-well gift. 

Staying Hydrated: There are plenty of reasons to stay hydrated throughout the day, but a primary reason is that it helps your body stay cool! Sipping ice-cold water (even if you’re not feeling thirsty) will help lower your body temperature, therefore, cooling off your casted limb. You’d be surprised how much better and energized you feel when you’re well-hydrated! 

An Icy Washcloth: Placing a damp washcloth in the freezer for a few hours and then placing it behind your neck or on your forehead is an instant fix for cooling down! While we don’t recommend placing an icy washcloth on your cast, you can try placing it around your elbow or behind your knee near the cast; this will at least help cool off the surrounding areas and wick away sweat in proximity to your cast.

Tip: Keep a good supply of ice packs and/or a bag of frozen peas handy.  They can be strategically laid on top of a cast to help cool it (wrap it in a dishcloth to prevent condensation from getting your cast moist).

It’s KEY to avoid getting moisture inside your cast! Moisture and/or getting your cast wet can affect the efficacy of the cast and you could get maceration…a smelly, itchy skin condition.  The last thing you want to deal with while healing it this uncomfortable irritant!

Take a Dip with AquaShieldUSA: Who doesn’t want to dip into a pool on a hot summer day?! Maybe you’re planning a trip to the beach and wanting to enjoy the waves? Whatever your hot summer day antidote is, we’ve got you covered! AquaShieldUSA is a watertight cast protector that seals around your limb, allowing you to keep your cast dry as you cool off! Don’t have a pool or a beach?  Fill your tub with cool, tepid water! As you can imagine, finding the correct size in this product is essential for proper sealing (no leakage); check out the sizing chart on our website to make sure you cast will be sealed properly for ultimate protection!

 

Overcoming Cast Claustrophobia Syndrome

At the end of the day, it’s still frustrating to deal with an itchy, smelly cast as temperatures rise! Just remember- this is only temporary! Just as the seasons change, so does the state of your healing injuries.  With proper care and rest, you’ll be out of your cast in no time! Stay positive and “keep your cool” while sporting your cast! Don’t let your elusive “cast claustrophobia syndrome” get the best of you.

What creative ways have you or a loved one cooled off while in a cast?  Help your fellow members of the Broken Bones Club, by sharing your family-friendly ways to cool off while wearing a cast, below: 

Activities You Can Do In the Snow While Injured

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Have Fun, Stay Warm, and Dry While In a Cast, Boot, Brace, or Sling

With the winter months upon us, there’s always one thing on everybody’s mind… Snow! There are so many activities to enjoy outside in the snow, but what if you’re in a boot or cast, are using crutches, or have your arm in a cast or sling? Well, there’s fun out there for you, too! Here are just a few great activities you can do in the snow while injured… (Regardless of our suggestions, we urge you to use common sense and to always follow your doctor’s advice!) Continue reading