According to KidsHealth, a walking cast is an additional piece placed on an cast's heel that allows the patient to walk while still encased. KidsHealth states that walking casts must be thoroughly dry prior to use.Continue Reading
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that drying time for a fiberglass cast is one hour, but a plaster cast takes two or three days to set. Casts support and keep bones in place during healing while also minimizing swelling, pain and muscle spasms.
Besides being used for fractures, the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center indicates walking casts are appropriate for some cases of plantar fasciitis. California's Oakland Bone and Joint Specialists sometimes recommend walking casts for Achilles tendonitis.Learn more about Breaks & Sprains
According to The Hand Center of Western Massachusetts, an arm or wrist cast may be worn while playing football at the discretion of an individual, his parents, his coach, and most importantly, his doctor. However, playing football, a high contact and forceful sport, runs a high risk of re-injury.Full Answer >
An air cast is a cast made of a rigid or semi rigid shell, the interior being made of a series of overlapping air cells that inflate to hold the extremity secure and prevent movement. Air casts are also known as walking casts because they are easier to move around in than a traditional plaster cast.Full Answer >
To care for a healing broken wrist after removing a cast, doctors recommend cleaning the skin gently with warm water and mild soap using gauze pads or a soft cloth and caring for any open wound as instructed by a health care professional, states TeensHealth. Doctors also suggest immersing the affected area in warm water for up to 20 minutes twice daily for a few days if the patient wore the cast for at least three weeks.Full Answer >
Most doctors recommend and use a cast to heal a non-displaced scaphoid fracture, says UW Health. Doctors use either a short arm cast or a long arm cast depending on the severity and the shape of the fracture. Displaced scaphoid fractures require surgery to heal.Full Answer >