Casts have been used for a long time to help broken bones recover. However, a cast usually has to be kept for many weeks and months which can make some of the daily tasks in our lives such as showering a pain.
Usually unless you specifically ask your doctor for a waterproof cast, which costs extra and is not offered everywhere; it is a VERY bad idea to get your cast wet. Often it will start to stink quickly if it happens.
Waterproof casts now exists luckily! And not only waterproof casts, but you can also get a waterproof cast cover or protector that you put around your cast to protect it from being in contact with water! A basic overview of these cast’s is that the first one is basically a fiberglass cast that with the help of a waterproof cast liner on top of it will prevent contact with your injury while in the water. The other alternative is a waterproof cast cover (sometimes also called a waterproof cast protector )which goes around your regular cast and prevents water from getting in contact with it. The cover is a cheaper solution as it only requires you to basically buy a “good looking” plastic bag that fits tightly around your arm or leg cast which makes it very easy to take care of.
I was first introduced to this special sort of cast when my young cousin was injured during the summer and had to say goodbye to all water related activities. At the time we did not even know that you
could have your cast made waterproof (usually at a higher cost of course, and if available in your area). Eventually we found out about something called a waterproof cast cover which is available at quite a low cost around $20-40 from Amazonor a quick google search away. While they are mainly for casts they are useful for any type of wound that you might have to protect from getting wet if you still want to mess with water. They are very useful in the shower or bath instead of the traditional plastic bag which is not very pleasing to the eyes and does not always do the greatest job. Forget swimming with just a plastic bag too, unless you enjoy risking your cast’s safety of course.