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Clubfoot Cast Care Instructions
Taking Care of Your Child's Clubfoot Cast
If your child is wearing a clubfoot cast, it is very important to take proper care of it to minimize the risk of skin irritation, infections and can damage the cast. Take a look at these instructions for caring for your child's clubfoot cast, which are also available for download in English, Spanish and Amharic.
Casts cannot get wet! Wet casts causes skin irritation, infections and can damage the cast.
- Never submerge a cast under water
- Perform sponge baths only
- If cast gets wet, please contact our nurses line for instructions
- Wash skin not covered by cast with a damp wash cloth.
- You may lotion the skin around the cast. Do not put any type of lotion inside the cast.
- Do not put any type of powder inside the cast.
Please notify our staff if your child's:
- Toes move further inside the cast (Please take a photo of toes after each casting)
- Toes are pale or discolored
- The cast breaks or becomes wet
- Your child is irritable and unable to be consoled
- Unexplained fever
- Obtain a basin (do not use a sink or bathtub as the plaster will harden in pipes) and mix 4 tablespoons of white vinegar with 1 quart warm water.
- Let the cast soak for 25-30 minutes.
- Once the cast is soft, find an end of the plaster material and unroll the cast.
- Remove the cotton padding.
- Do not pour the water down the sink or bathtub drain.
- For more information about our clubfoot cast care instructions, please call our orthopaedic nurses at 202-476-5562 between 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- If it is after hours, please call 202-476-5000 to speak with the orthopaedic resident on-call.
- To schedule an appointment with Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, please call 202-476-2112 and select option 2.