Padding

Undercast padding is an essential item to have under any cast. It is designed to help provide cushioning under the cast and relieve chafing. It helps prevent sores and irritation due to pressure points inside the cast. The padding conforms well to any contour and is helps to keep the skin dry and comfortable. There are both sterile and non-sterile types of padding, depending on the need. For suregery and post-surgery applications sterile padding would probably be required. Non-sterile padding is suitable for a broad number of other applications such as splinting and casting where there are no wounds, sores or surgical incisions. Most types of undercast padding can be used with either plaster or synthetic casting material.

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Most undercast padding types are designed to be able to retain their shape and consistency, whether wet or dry. This ensure that they will provide extended protection and relief from pressure points and rubbing. Undercast padding is able to hold its position in the cast without bunching up and becoming uncomfortable. This is also important to prevent sores or discomfort. There are also hydrogel pads that are self-adhesive to help with this particular problem. Hydrogel padding is often sterile and is more commonly used with splints as opposed to casts.

Undercast and splint padding comes in many varieties including:

  • Cotton fiber undercast padding
  • Synthetic cast padding (made from polyester)
  • Gel cast and splint padding
  • Hyrdogel squares with adhesive (to protect localized areas)
  • Poly-knit adhesive sheets (also for localized pressure relief)