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What to Wear While On 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 downstairs, but even worse, you must be struggling with basic things like showering and getting dressed! With these helpful hints, 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. Some pants have a zipper opening which is very helpful when putting/pulling pants on and off for a bulky cast or boot.

-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 a while, 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. We have fashionable and solid-color braces and cast covers that slip right over your orthopedic device to keep it clean and scratch-free. 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. There are three great alternatives to help those who struggle with crutches. A Steerable Knee Scooter, the Seated Scooter, and the iWALK3.0 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!

Being Safe During Halloween – Halloween Safety Tips

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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


How to Stay Cool During the Summer on Crutches

The summer heat can make anyone miserable, but if you have to spend it on crutches, you are worse off than ever before. Having your injured foot or ankle in a walking boot or cast will only make that area sweat even more. Not to mention itch! There are ways you can stay cool during the summer months, even if you have a non-weight bearing injury. Here are some ideas to help you out.

Utilize the CastCooler for Comfort and Relief
girlwcast_261One of the best things you can do for yourself, while in a cast, is invest in a CastCooler. The CastCooler is a great device you simply wrap around your cast, attach to a standard vacuum cleaner hose, turn the vacuum on, and voila, the air removes moisture from the lining under your cast. It will leave you with a cool, fresh feeling that will help you from getting itchy in places you can’t access and keep your cast dry. When your injured area feels cool and fresh, the rest of you will feel cool as well.

Get an Alternative to Crutches
Goodbye Crutches Knee ScooterCrutches take a lot of work and when you’re moving around in the summer heat, you’re going to get hot fast. With the Hands Free Crutch, you can walk much like normal and get around very quickly. The Knee Scooter is easy to use and when you scoot yourself fast enough, you can even make your own breeze. The Seated Scooter allows you to sit and move around so you can rest and keep the sweating to a minimum.

Stay Inside
When the weather predictors are telling you about heat warnings and the danger of a high heat index, you should stay inside and keep cool. Your health is a priority during the recovery process and if you have to spoil yourself a little by staying in the cool air conditioning, then do so.

Drink More Water
One of the ways to help yourself feel cooler on the outside is by keeping your insides hydrated. Drink cool water continuously while you are out in the heat. You will feel better and the water will help keep you cool. You can also put the cool bottle on the back of your neck, forehead, or wherever else is feeling hot to give you some temporary relief.

Submerge in Water with DryPro
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If you have a cast on your foot, you can’t just jump into a pool, unless you have the DryPro Waterproof Cast Protector.  But, that doesn’t mean you can’t at least put one foot in the water. Use your kid’s little blow up pool and sink one foot into the cool water while you watch them play. You might even ask the kids to squirt you with their squirt guns this year!


Group Photo with CCZ products and AdGIn order to feel a different kind of cool, take a look at the variety of CastCoverz! you can purchase to hide or jazz up your plain, boring cast, while keeping it clean and snag-free! CastCoverz! provides FUNctional and fashionable orthopedic accessories such as cast covers, walking boot covers, designer color crutches & crutch pads, in addition to comfort and care products. Take the attention off your injury and put it onto your fun and fashionable cast cover instead!

Staying cool during the hot summer months can be a challenge, especially with a non-weight bearing injury. But with a little planning and the above tips, you can ward off a little bit of the misery!

5 Extra Items to Pack for Vacation When Non-Weight Bearing

Guest Post by Goodbye Crutches

When you are packing for your family vacation, you have a lot on your mind.  You have to think of anything and everything you and everyone else going will need for your time away.  Add to that your current non-weight bearing state and you have even more to think about.  This list will help you think of the additional items you need to pack to keep your recovery on track.

Goodbye Crutches Knee Scooter1. Mobility Device

It seems silly to remind you to pack your crutches or the mobility device you have chosen from Goodbye Crutches, but you have to make sure you have room for this important item.  The Knee Scooter and the Seated Scooter fold up to fit in your car nicely, and the Hands Free Crutch doesn’t take up much space.  But, if you’re still on crutches, you definitely need to plan ahead to make sure you have space.

2. Prescriptions

When you are recovering from an injury or recent surgery, you are probably on anti-inflammatory, pain medication, or any number of other prescriptions.  Not only will you want to pack these medications, but also make sure you have enough to last for the duration of your trip.  Do a little counting in advance and if you need to get a refill, allow yourself enough time to pick it up and prepare it before you go.

3. Recovery Aids

If you shower using a Shower Bench, or cannot bear the heat without the regular use of the CastCooler, be sure to bring these items with you.  The point of a vacation is to relax and get away from it all, and you will want to be as comfortable as possible during your time away.  Whatever items make your life easier, and your recovery possible, should go along with you.

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You pack your clothes without a second thought, but this year you also need to think about throwing your CastCoverz! cast, walking boot, or crutch covers into the suitcase.  Think about which covers will go with the outfits you are taking and pack them along with the rest of your clothes.  They will help your cast blend in or stand out, whichever you prefer, along with keeping it clean and snag-free.

5. Entertainment

No matter what type of vacation you are taking, there is bound to be a time when your family wants to do something you either can’t do or don’t have the energy for.  When you are stuck on the beach while everyone is playing in the ocean or sitting on the bench while the others ride roller coasters, have a few entertainment items ready to go.  Grab an extra paperback or two or start cutting down on your magazine pile.  You can rest, relax, enjoy your vacation, and wait for your family all at the same time.

Preparing for a vacation when you are in a non-weight bearing state can be difficult, but if you use the Knee Scooter or another mobility device from Goodbye Crutches and think ahead, your vacation will be fun and enjoyable, just as it should be.