Waterproof Cast FAQs

Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle can help with broken bones. OSS aids in Fracture Care and offers Waterproof Casting. OSS sees both children and adults, many of whom are pleasantly surprised that they can stay active with a cast!

How does it work?
AquaCast and Gore-Tex are the most recent generation of waterproof cast paddings and liners. Their enhanced features are extremely comfortable and stretchable. These casts are made of a special type of fiberglass and covered by a waterproof cast liner on the outer shell.

The lining prevents the water from being in contact with the actual cast. The special cast and cover adhere around your arm or leg to make sure no water passes through. The AquaCast and Gore-Tex are products that are breathable, washable and waterproof.

Can I get the cast wet in the shower or bath?
Yes! The AquaCast and Gore-Tex liners will not absorb water and are moisture vapor permeable.

Can I swim in it?
Yes! Swimming is no longer a problem. Just be sure to rinse the chlorine or saltwater off afterwards.

Can I exercise?
Yes! Perspiration will not damage the AquaCast and Gore-Tex products. You should be sure to rinse it thoroughly with clean water after your physical activity.

Can I wash it?
Yes! Washing the cast will reduce odor, eliminate irritation and improve overall skin condition. Water or soap & water can be used for washing. However, please note that if soap is not rinsed thoroughly, this could cause skin irritation. So, when washing it is best to be gentle & rinse well.

How do I dry my cast?
For most people, the cast will dry in less than 90 minutes. Humidity levels, your body temperature, your activity level and the ambient temperature are all factors that will affect drying time. To speed up the drying time process, the use of a hair dryer on a cool setting can help.

OSS wants you to be able to maintain your daily lifestyle, even when a broken bone happens. If you or your child needs a waterproof cast, please feel free to call 206-784-8833.