Frequently Asked Questions on Orthopedic Cast


What is an orthopedic cast?

An orthopedic cast is a solid shell usually made from plaster or fiberglass to encase a limb in order to stabilize and hold anatomical structures, most often to secure a broken bone in place for a period until healing is confirmed.

What are the types of orthopedic casts available?

Casts are available in two types:

  • Plaster of Paris: A white powder that forms a thick paste that hardens quickly when mixed with water. These casts are heavier than the fiberglass casts.
  • Synthetic (fiberglass) material: Made out of fiberglass which is a kind of moldable plastic, these casts are available in many bright colors and are light in weight.
What happens when a cast gets wet?

A wet cast could start to dissolve in water and may irritate the skin underneath it, possibly leading to infection. A wet cast may not hold the bone in place due to the dissolving property of plaster of paris. Fiberglass casts are water proof but the inside padding is not waterproof and it may not dry thereafter.

What happens when a cast gets wet?

A wet cast could start to dissolve in water and may irritate the skin underneath it, possibly leading to infection. A wet cast may not hold the bone in place due to the dissolving property of plaster of paris. Fiberglass casts are water proof but the inside padding is not waterproof and it may not dry thereafter.

What should you do to stop the orthopaedic casts from getting wet?
Orthopedic casts can be protected from getting wet by using plastic sleeves specially designed to protect orthopedic braces from gettin wet. You can select from a range of orthopedic cast protectors at www.healthproductsforyou.com

Undercast padding is constructed of 100% cotton fibers for providing a soft cushioning to be used with either synthetic or plaster casting material.