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Casting for orthoses

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Dorsetgirl3, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Dorsetgirl3

    Dorsetgirl3 Welcome New Poster


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    I've just graduated and have set up on my own. I've had my first patient for an orthotic today so used plaster of paris to cast the foot. I'm not happy with my efforts - the cast seems very fragile and is still fairly wet after 3 hours. Will it dry out so that I can send it to the lab? Thank you for any advice.
     
  2. Aleesha7

    Aleesha7 Welcome New Poster

    Hello,

    This use to happen to me often when i first started out. I found the temperature of the water made all the difference.

    I now use fairly warm - hot water, although this will make it set a bit quicker so you may have to work faster.

    Try and get some friends in and practice on them working with different temperatures of water see what works best for you!

    Practice makes perfect!
     
  3. Ella Hurrell

    Ella Hurrell Active Member

    Yeah that's not unusual - just give it time to dry out. I would leave it at least overnight so it doesn't deform when you send it off. I tend to use foam boxes these days instead of POP - much less messy ;)
     
  4. mr2pod

    mr2pod Active Member

    As Aleesha said, its probably all in the water temperature. However, I have had issues with some plaster types in the past too, so as suggested, try it out with warm water on a freind/relative before you use it for the next client. If still an issue, try a different plaster.
     
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