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

Prom Wedding Injured

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. Not to worry- we’ve got you COVERED!


6 ways to conceal or glam it up for the bride, prom-goer or groom…

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.

2. You can order some spectacular CastCoverz! CrutchWear – our designer Crutch Covers & Bags! These beautiful designer fabrics can cater to every occasion. Our (optional) crutch bag has two roomy pockets with a snap closure, perfect for storing your phone or accessories when you’re not snapping pictures!

Choose from a variety of solid colors or prints, to match your look for your special day.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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).

Prom Wedding Injured

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

6. Cover it! With dozens of 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.

Select Your Style

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.

Prom Wedding Injured

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

Even if 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!

Pro Tip: Customize your wedding

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

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

Being Safe During Halloween – Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween

Like you, I always wanted my children to enjoy Halloween, but I worried about their safety.  Even more so if your child has sustained an injury.  FUN (?) FACT: CastCoverz! was created because of a broken bone my then 10 year old daughter sustained right before Halloween.  It’s always important to do all we can to keep our children safe during Halloween, especially since most activities will be in the late evening. Some of your kids will be out after dark for the first time. So please heed these Halloween safety tips, whether or not your child has a broken bone or other injury: Continue reading

Helping Someone Live With an Injury



A supportive group of family and friends made all the difference with Elli while she healed.

Throughout our lives many of us may have lived with a sprain or some minor aches and pains. But, having surgery and/or breaking a bone and navigating life with a cast, boot, crutches, etc. is very different.  After my daughter’s 12 breaks, and the tens of thousands of customers we have served, I think it’s safe to say I’m an expert at how to care for an injured person and helping someone live with an injury. Following are my 7 best tips to help you help someone living with an injury. (BTW, regardless of the suggestions, always use common sense and follow your doctor’s advice!)

    1. Make Life Accessible
      Ahhh, accessibility! It’s something we take for granted. Here’s an exercise to help you understand your loved one’s need for accessibility. Put on a similar device to what your loved one is wearing (sling/boot). Now, pretend your arm is broken or you’re on a scooter or crutches. The next thing you need to do is pretend you need to go to the bathroom. Can you get there? Is it up or down a set of stairs? How about doors or clutter impeding your path? Can you see it? Is the toilet paper out of reach for a rotator cuff injury? Try the same exercise for dressing, then fixing a simple sandwich or a bowl of soup (practically impossible when on crutches or in a sling; stay with the sandwich). Are things accessible in the kitchen? Check out our post on “Cooking While Wearing a Boot, Cast, Sling, or Being on Crutches” for helpful cooking ideas.If you have an arm in a sling or cast or have to use crutches, try to carry the items you’re loved one wants/needs from one room to the next. How can it be done? One of our customers, Paul, kept duplicate magazines, pillows, blankets, home phone, fresh water bottles, and the remote control all within easy reach for his wife who was on crutches due to a bunionectomy. He also made sure the path was clear for her when she was on the move. The more accessible things are the less likely additional injury, or strain on the current injury, is to occur.


    1. Stay On Top of Pain Medications
      The first few days after an injury and/or surgery is not the time for your loved ones to be stoic. If they were prescribed pain medicine, please give it to them at the allotted time according to the doctor’s prescription. Research has proven that staying on top of pain medication actually speeds up the healing process. Missed a dose? Contrary to popular belief, doubling up on pain meds does not help in healing. In fact, I could be detrimental. Please, check with your physician. Well-meaning friends and family may suggest herbs and/or natural remedies, but beware. Some could have serious contraindications if mixed with certain medications. Always check with your doctor, first, when altering, modifying, changing, adding to, or missing your medications. For more information on pain management and medication options, here’s a helpful article from the Mayo Clinic.


    1. Encourage Rest
      The best thing you can do for your loved one is to help them rest. Quiet the phones, limit the number of visits, and the length of the visit, and limit exposure to electronics. Nothing is better for healing from an injury than good, old-fashioned sleep. Your loved one may try to do everything they used to – even at the same pace. The reality is that in order to heal better, and faster, they need rest. They need to rest the injured body part and they need physical rest. It may seem a bit dramatic, but sitting or lying down before feeling pain and/or fatigue is a sure way to heal faster. This is especially true if they are tired from not resting at night due to pain or poor sleep.


    1. Move Clutter
      Remove any unnecessary clutter out of an injured person’s path. If you have rugs, temporarily remove them to avoid any trips or falls. Pick up all toys, shoes, magazine piles, and other items that are in the pathway where your loved one will walk. Remember, they are compromised and may not be able to see as obstacles or maneuver around them.


    1. Avoid Boredom
      OK, your loved one has an injury….does that mean that they have to stop enjoying life? No! They can still get out and do things, within the limitations of their injury. Include them in activities, even if they need to stay immobile. Play games with them, talk with them, or just hang out with them. Help them to not get bored, but don’t go overboard! You don’t want them getting too tired or get tired of you! Need more ideas on how to keep busy?  Check out our blog on 10 Fun Things to do While in a Cast, Walking Boot, or Crutches. 


    1. Be Patient with the Patient
      An injured person has had their life turned upside down and are also in pain. You may be surprised to find your mild-mannered child or upbeat adult become suddenly sullen and snappy. They are adjusting to their new reality at the same time you are adjusting to your new role. In most cases, the pain and inconvenience is a temporary one, so please keep it in perspective. Also remember, people act differently when in pain and when on pain medications. You need to turn up your empathy dial and try to imagine how much pain they’re in or the fact that they can’t do something they really want to do. They may communicate in an abrupt manner or their patience is short.It’s up to us to exercise even more patience to help them through their current situation. Basically, give’em a break! Pun intended. Ultimately, we want to make sure we’re doing all we can to help our loved feel as comfortable as possible while injured. Just ask what they need, keep them comfortable, and their environment as quiet as possible. That will go a long way in helping them feel better, so they heal better!


  1. Get Help and Rest
    This one’s for YOU. For you to be the best caregiver you can be, you need to take care of yourself, too. Eat and sleep as well as you can, say “no” to new requests, find the humor, accept dinners from friends, and receive and give hugs. Lots of them!

Feel Better, Heal Better

Cooking While Injured


You’re injured, possibly recovering from surgery, and your only job now is to rest and recover.  Your days are filled with elevating your leg, propping up your arm on pillows, staying on top of your pain medications, having friends and family wait on you, etc.  Then life calls you back to reality.  One of the most pressing get-back-to-life activities is to cook for you and/or your family.  But there are challenges to cooking and baking while recovering from an orthopedic event.  I’ve assembled 15 helpful tips about cooking while wearing a boot, cast, sling or being on crutches. Sift through all the tips to help you with your condition. Hint: my most important tip is the last one and applies to everyone.  Read on kitchen warrior… Continue reading