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Ever had a cast? MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46840 posts
13th Apr '13

My daughter is in a leg cast for 6 weeks minimum. This is only day 3 (hah).
She was in a brace before, called a "Wee Walker" and so far she loves this cast SO much more than the brace because she can move better in it, it's lighter and it is a lot less bulky. Plus, she enjoys the pretty, bright colors.



The only problem is that the cast is bruising the top of her leg. Also, the edges are quite sharp. We are going to try to sand it down a bit, tomorrow, but it's still going to cause a lot of friction. The doctor gave us a bunch of moleskin and said to adhere it to the top of the cast so it wouldn't rub her leg raw, but it won't stick to the cast. It peels off within an hour of putting it on. And how it's bruising her leg is just weird to me. It's not too tight, her toes have good circulation and I can fit my pinky finger under the cast on the top/bottom...



Any suggestions, other than the moleskin to reduce this friction on her leg?

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
13th Apr '13

I spent time bending and breaking off the sharp/rough edges of my son's cast. Anything that stuck out beyond the padding got broken off. Cut him much less that way. If you bend it back and forth, it ought to break easily.



As for the bruising, it is probably how she's getting around on it. :/

LittleBugs_Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 884 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" My daughter is in a leg cast for 6 weeks minimum. This is only day 3 (hah). She was in a brace before, ... [snip!] ... pinky finger under the cast on the top/bottom... Any suggestions, other than the moleskin to reduce this friction on her leg?"


im in a hand cast right now lol but from leg/foot cast experience if they didnt put the "sock" on it it could cause friction and start bruising or could be from the initial accident..



as for the sharp pieces file them :)

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46840 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting Autumn Whisper:" I spent time bending and breaking off the sharp/rough edges of my son's cast. Anything that stuck out ... [snip!] ... you bend it back and forth, it ought to break easily. As for the bruising, it is probably how she's getting around on it. :/"


It doesn't bend or break at all. It's a waterproof cast. It's hard as a rock.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46840 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting LittleBugs_Mommy:" im in a hand cast right now lol but from leg/foot cast experience if they didnt put the "sock" on it ... [snip!] ... on it it could cause friction and start bruising or could be from the initial accident.. as for the sharp pieces file them :)"


There wasn't any accident. She has a tarsal coalition.
But no, it's a waterproof cast so there isn't a sock inside. It's like bubble-wrap inside of it. She can actually take a full out bath in it.

ρiηkie ρie 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Kentucky 21902 posts
13th Apr '13

Cotton padding around the top of her leg maybe? Like this kind:



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Or maybe cut a few inches off the top of a tube sock and work it under the top of her cast so it doesn't actually touch her skin at the top?
ETA: Either of those you could just take off and put back on for baths.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46840 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting ρiηkie ρie:" Cotton padding around the top of her leg maybe? Like this kind: Or maybe cut a few inches off the ... [snip!] ... so it doesn't actually touch her skin at the top? ETA: Either of those you could just take off and put back on for baths. "


Good idea.. and kind of just tape it to the cast, maybe? I've gone through a sheet of moleskin just today. It won't fricken stick and then it gets bunched up and stuck under her cast and rips off the waterproof liner to her cast. GAH. I can't imagine 5 1/2 more weeks of this... possibly more down the road. It makes me want to go back to the Wee Walker, but I know she likes this cast so much more, so I want to make it work for her.

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" It doesn't bend or break at all. It's a waterproof cast. It's hard as a rock."



Not even the edges? My son's was a hard cast, but where there were only one or two layers...at the top and the bottom, it could be bent and broken.



That's what his cast was like. It took time, but I got rid of the rough edges. I think I fussed with it the entire 4 weeks he wore the silly thing.
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Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" There wasn't any accident. She has a tarsal coalition. But no, it's a waterproof cast so there isn't a sock inside. It's like bubble-wrap inside of it. She can actually take a full out bath in it."


That's interesting. My son could get his wet as long as it was held in a way to let it dry back out, but I never dared get it wet. We bagged it.

LittleBugs_Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 884 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" There wasn't any accident. She has a tarsal coalition. But no, it's a waterproof cast so there isn't a sock inside. It's like bubble-wrap inside of it. She can actually take a full out bath in it."


ooh i didnt know that sorry... ya i would go with what pinki pie said with the cotton

ρiηkie ρie 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Kentucky 21902 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" Good idea.. and kind of just tape it to the cast, maybe? I've gone through a sheet of moleskin just ... [snip!] ... It makes me want to go back to the Wee Walker, but I know she likes this cast so much more, so I want to make it work for her."

Some double sided tape just under the cast would probably keep it from sliding down.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46840 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting Autumn Whisper:" Not even the edges? My son's was a hard cast, but where there were only one or two layers...at the ... [snip!] ... was like. It took time, but I got rid of the rough edges. I think I fussed with it the entire 4 weeks he wore the silly thing. "


nah it won't bend. Maybe if I tried pliers?
Were going to see how far we can get with sanding it and try the suggestion of the cotton.

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" nah it won't bend. Maybe if I tried pliers? Were going to see how far we can get with sanding it and try the suggestion of the cotton."


I'd say best bet if it won't bend and break is to sand it down, even with a nail file, until there is at least 1/4 of an inch of padding beyond the cast itself. That should help, especially if you also sand off anything that might poke her.