12 of the best tips for looking after your plaster cast

Having to wear a plaster cast can undoubtedly be a great inconvenience to your everyday life – while DryPro’s plaster cast covers can do much to lessen this inconvenience as far as bathing, showering and swimming are concerned, you will still need to take care to protect your cast while your injury heals.

The below are some general tips to follow when you are looking after a plaster cast.

  1. Exercise all of your joints that aren’t covered by your cast, such as your knee, elbow, fingers and toes, to aid general circulation
  2. Resist altering the length or position of your cast
  3. Use painkillers in the event of any pain
  4. Don’t drive or lift anything heavy prior to the removal of your cast
  5. Don’t allow powders, sprays or small objects to enter your cast, as this could cause skin irritation
  6. If you have a plastered leg, don’t rest it on its heel for long periods of time, as this can cause pressure area damage to the skin
  7. Those with a leg cast should also not walk on it until they are instructed to do so
  8. Do not allow the cast to become wet, as this can cause disintegration or irritation to the skin
  9. If the cast is uncomfortable to wear, don’t try to take it off at home, as this can result in further damage to your injured bone or soft tissues
  10. Do not cut your plaster
  11. Do not rest on the plaster or put anything heavy on it for the first 48 hours, to allow it to dry fully
  12. If you have your wrist in a plaster cast, keep your arm raised up with your hand above your elbow as much as possible, especially in the first week

One of the other best tips that we can offer, of course, is to invest in one of DryPro’s renowned plaster cast covers which, while widely imitated, have never been beaten.

For the absolute highest standards of protection for your arm or leg thanks to a unique watertight vacuum seal, don’t trust the plaster cast covers of any brand other than DryPro.