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Making It Through the Summer Months With A Cast

Making It Through the Summer Months With A Cast

Dealing with a cast can be challenging and frustrating. In the summer months, the hot weather and desire to participate in outdoor activities can make the experience even more difficult. However, with the right strategies and a positive mindset, you can still have a safe and fun summer—even with a cast on!

In this blog, Southwest General Health Center will provide some essential tips on managing and enjoying the summer months while wearing a cast.

Keeping Your Cast Clean and Dry

One of the primary concerns when wearing a cast during the summer is keeping it clean and dry as moisture can lead to unpleasant odors and even skin infections. To combat these issues:

  • Use a waterproof cast cover when showering or swimming
  • Avoid submerging your cast in water
  • Pat your cast dry with a clean towel if it gets wet
  • Stay away from powders or lotions
  • Keep your cast elevated to reduce limb swelling and promote air circulation

Enjoying Summertime Activities

Although your cast may limit some activities, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the summer months:

  • Stay active within your limits: Consult your doctor about activities you can safely participate in without causing damage to your cast or further injury.
  • Explore indoor activities: Embrace indoor activities like reading, painting, writing or learning a new skill. Engaging in hobbies can help keep your mind occupied and lift your spirits.
  • Socialize with friends and family: While you may not be able to partake in all outdoor activities, make plans to spend time with loved ones! Organize get-togethers, go for a leisurely stroll or have a picnic in a shaded area.

Maintaining a Positive Attitude

Finally, maintaining a positive attitude throughout the summer months is crucial. Remember that your cast is a temporary inconvenience and that it is essential for your healing process.

Surround yourself with supportive friends and family who can help boost your morale. Keep in mind that this time will pass, and you will soon be back to enjoying all your favorite summertime activities.

Seek Care this Summer

Remember to consult your doctor for specific advice tailored to your situation. Southwest General Medical Group, Inc. (SGMG) includes primary care providers who are committed to providing patients with high-quality medical care. For more information and to reach out to our team and schedule an appointment, visit our website at