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What is a walking cast?

Updated April 17, 2017

Injuring your leg or foot is a traumatic experience, especially if you have to go through the limited movement, itching, muscle wasting and other irritations involved with wearing a cast. A walking cast makes it easier to get around while your injury heals.

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A cast is meant to immobilise injured bones and tissue, helping them heal and preventing you from re-injuring them.


If you have a leg or foot injury, a non-walking cast will require that you keep weight entirely off your affected leg by using crutches. A walking cast allows you to use the affected leg, although you may still need to use crutches at times.


Walking casts are usually plastic soles strapped on over a regular moulded cast. Some are plastic soles that are applied directly to the bottom of the moulded cast.


Do not walk on a walking cast until the moulding material is completely dry. Fibreglass casts dry in approximately an hour; plaster casts take 2 to 3 days.


Call your doctor if you experience tingling, pain, swelling or numbness, or if you can't move your toes.

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About the Author

J.D. Wollf has been a writer since 1999 and has been published in a variety of newspapers and newsletters. She has covered everything from local sports to computer accessory reviews and specializes in articles about health issues, particularly in the elderly.

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