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    28 Things You Don't Realize You Need Until You're In A Cast

    Listen up, my fellow accident-prone pals.

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    Accidents happen (more often to me than I'd like to admit), so here's what you need to be prepared the next time you find yourself hurt:

    Please note that these aren't medical recommendations. Be sure to check with your doctor to find out what would be best for you.

    1. A knee scooter that'll let you glide around with ease instead of fumbling with annoying crutches.


    My father-in-law recently had surgery, but you'd never know he was in pain because he's been literally riding circles around us all on his knee scooter.

    Promising review: "This knee scooter is excellent. You don't need any tools to put it together, I did it in less than five minutes. Directions were very easy to follow, didn't need the YouTube video. It is very sturdy and easy to steer. I am a 5'2" woman, and I have no problems getting it in and out of the car, it fits in the backseat, I do not have an SUV. It handles ramps up to 15°, so it does fine on wheelchair ramps. This is a great alternative to crutches, and can also double as a seat if you need/want to sit down. The basket attaches very easily to two prongs, which seem impossible to break. The basket is definitely a plus. It also has a good handbrake and has two different levels to lock. I would not hesitate to buy another!" —Yvette S.

    Get it from Amazon for $159.

    2. And a foam knee pad for the scooter to make yourself as comfortable as possible.


    My father-in-law also purchased this exact knee pad to go with his scooter and has had no complaints whatsoever (aside from the fact he's using this in the first place...obviously).

    Promising review: "Spent seven weeks on a knee scooter after ankle surgery. This was THE best purchase I'd made in preparation for that time. I'm 5'11" and the traditional split seat on the scooter couldn't comfortably accommodate the cast or boot. Not only did this little beauty eliminate the split, it provided the much needed comfort my poor knee needed to survive my travels. If you're scheduled for foot/ankle surgery, and you know you'll be on a scooter for any period of time...BUY THIS CUSHION — you won't be sorry." —Anita L. Cain

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    3. Crutches, because you're eventually going to need to tackle some stairs.


    I'm currently recovering from a torn tendon and as much as I detested using crutches with my cast, it was a necessary evil. I had this set and they definitely helped me get around my apartment for the first month of my injury.

    Promising review: "Got these for my boyfriend, was very surprised by the quality of this product. It has a height guide to help you set it where you need it. Also the underarm rests are very soft and springy, unlike other generic cheap crutches from the drug store. I bought pad covers not knowing about this feature. I’m using them anyway but most likely didn’t need them. I recommend these highly. Great price too." —CURLY LOO

    Get them from Amazon for $21.11+ (available in three sizes).

    4. Faux-sherpa covers to add comfort and style to your crutches.


    I was instructed to simply wrap towels around my crutches, but my priorities were completely out of order and I wanted something CUTE to accessorize my injury. These covers were the perfect solution. They're soft (I never had any under-arm pain) and also add a little ~somethin'~ extra to the look of the crutches. Oddly enough, I got a lot of compliments on these!

    Get them from Amazon for $18.79.

    5. A sling that'll immobilize your shoulder, a must for anyone who has broken, fractured, dislocated, or sprained anything in their upper-body.


    Last year I popped a rib out of place while working out at the gym (yes, I should be wrapped in a bubble) and desperately needed something to prevent myself from moving while it healed. A sling was the solution! Did I have one on hand? Nope, but I do now.

    Promising review: "This sling was so much better than the flimsy, cheap sling they gave me at the doctor's office. This sling truly stabilized and protected my shoulder and arm. I feel I am 'ahead on my healing' because of it. I ordered a second one to wear while the first was laundered. It laundered beautifully." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes S–L).

    6. Capri pants that'll fit over your cast, because unfortunately you've just entered your "sweatpants are all that fit me right now" Mean Girls era., Amazon

    One of the hardest things about having a cast was finding pants that would go over it. All of my sweats were pretty dumpy looking and even leggings wouldn't stretch enough to fit over my thick ankle cast. The solution? These capri sweats! They're a touch cuter than basic sweats and the open bottom makes them easy to push your cast through. I stocked up on every color.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59+ (available in sizes S–2XL and in three colors).

    7. A fanny pack, so you can carry around your essentials while maneuvering on crutches or when you're limited by an arm cast.,

    Promising review: "If you're looking for a hands-free way to carry your stuff but don't want to lug around a backpack — look no further. This fanny pack is well-made, the clip fastens securely, and the waist strap can adjust to fit either a child or an adult. The pockets are roomy enough to fit a cell phone, small camera, wallet, a comb that flips open like a switchblade, and more. The zipper on the pocket that's closest to your body is well-hidden — it's the perfect place to stash your keys, credit card, or cash. You may be thinking, 'Fanny packs haven't been cool since the 1980s. (Or maybe you're thinking they were never cool.) But the designs on these make the fanny pack feel timeless." —CD

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 25 styles).

    8. Or a crutch bag, in case you're looking something a little more subtle to help you get your items from Point A to Point B.

    Promising review: "Being on crutches is incredibly inconvenient and it's nearly impossible to carry even small items when using them. After a few days of leaving my phone and glasses all over the house and having to hobble after them, I went looking for a solution. The Crutch Bag by Vive far exceeds anything I had expected to find. It's extremely well made, fits perfectly on the crutch, and easily holds all my necessities. Both compartments have velcro closures, and the key ring hook is really nice touch. The material, straps and stitching are top quality. I'm very happy!" —Electronics Guy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. A walking boot, because why splurge on cute new shoes when you can have this SINGLE one that let's you get around easier?

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    I've been wearing this boot for about five weeks now and it has actually been a game changer. I was able to wear it with my cast, making it a lot easier to get myself to work in NYC. It has about five velcro straps, so your foot feels very supported and secure at all times. There is also a way to pump air into it to make it even tighter (as well as a release valve in case you make it too tight). It was a little confusing to set up at first (there are two separate pieces), but if you take the time to read the directions you'll be up and on your feet in no time. Also, check the size chart before you order and compare to your actual shoe size to get the right fit. I was able to walk around Atlantic City for hours and hours with minimal pain thanks to this super discreet accessory.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95+ (available in sizes XS–XL).

    10. Or a walking shoe, ideal for anyone who has broken their toe or foot but wasn't prescribed a cast.

    Two years ago I broke my foot and (thankfully) didn't need a cast. I did, however, spend about four months in this walking boot. It's a lot lighter than the full-on big boot and helps keep your toes stable.

    Promising review: "I am coming out of a walking boot (broken foot bone) and my orthopedist suggested that I wean myself back into a regular shoe by using a post-op shoe part of the time. I have bought at least four other post-op shoes on Amazon and donated them (because these are medical items, they cannot be returned) all for one reason or another. Far too bulky, wouldn't tighten properly, etc. This one, and the one by Vive, are the only decent ones. However, I feel that this one is a hair better quality, and little more comfortable, than the Vive one. If you are looking for a good post-op shoe at a reasonable price, this is it. Happy healing!!" —Amazon Fan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in sizes XS–L).

    11. Fuzzy socks to keep your ~lil' piggies~ warm when they inevitably stick out of your boot and cast.


    Promising review: "The socks are very soft and comfortable for both me and my husband. They washed very well and retained their shape. There was no color transfer. We are very happy with these socks." —Dreyna

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sets of three, five, or six and in five styles).

    12. A cotton wrap with velcro bandages can keep your wrist or ankle tightly supported without the hassle of sharp metal clips., Amazon

    Promising review: "My son had foot surgery and wore a soft cast for 11 weeks. We use this elastic bandage to wrap his cast. We really like the velcro at both ends to secure the bandage. For a foot to leg wrap, you would need two bandages. Buy four bandages so you have a change of bandages while one set is in the wash. Put the bandages into a small wash bag and make sure the velcro is attached to the bandage to prevent it from damaging your other clothes. We air-dried rather than used the dryer. This bandage lasted 11 weeks (and can probably last longer if we need it) so I highly recommend it. It seemed pricey at first but since it lasted for some many weeks, it's actually a great deal." —Helen L.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.75+ (available in packs one, two, three or six).

    13. An adjustable stool for your shower that'll let you wash your hair without having to attempt to balance on one foot.


    If you've broken your arm or foot or had a surgery done that required bandages that can't get wet, bathing is about to become a HASSLE. Not kidding — I wore my Apple Watch in the shower while wearing a cast and burned over 100 calories. Make your life a bit easier, suck up your pride, and get this shower seat. When I started feeling more confident/comfortable I was able to rest my knee on the stool and stand on my other leg, making me feel a bit more like myself again.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.41.

    14. A bandage protector, so you can shower without fear or getting your cast wet (and therefore gross).


    Make your life easier (and save your garbage bags) and purchase this slip-on cast protector. I used the foot one for over a month and never had to worry about ruining my cast in the shower. However, I wouldn't necessarily try taking a bath with it on. It inflated a bit and felt VERY tight around my shin. Just wait and take a bath in celebration of having your cast removed.

    Promising review: "I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. Don’t underestimate the ability to take a shower!!! This is an excellent product. I’ve used it many times. And my soft cast is dry as a bone every single time I am done with my shower. I’m so glad I listened to all the positive reviews. Excellent excellent excellent!!!!" —J. Ryan

    Get them from Amazon: arm protector for $12.85+ (available in three sizes) and foot protector for $16.98

    15. Icy Hot, because when you hurt one part of your body the rest tries to compensate and other random muscles will start to feel irritated as well (SO FUN!).


    I'd recommend the easy applicator version for a mess-free experience.

    Promising review: "Great for sore muscles and general pain. Sometimes I wish Icy Hot made gallon-size containers of this stuff, but the handy applicator works well for targeting injured areas. Pain disappears quickly with the classic icy hot feeling. Great stuff." —Osiris

    Get it from Amazon for $5.82.

    16. Tiny toe splints that'll keep your broken toe protected and promote healing., Amazon

    Promising review: "After I fractured my toe, the one right next to the pinky toe, it was so difficult to walk. I was limping for weeks. I tried all types of medical tape, but to no avail. So I decided to see what I can find on Amazon and found this item. The best thing ever!! Even though the loop was a little too big for that particular toe, I just wrapped it a lil' tighter to keep it from moving. After two weeks of wearing, the pain subsided and the limp is no longer an issue. I would recommend this product to anyone." —Keke

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A pain-relief essential oil you can roll on for a natural way to make yourself feel more comfortable while your body heals.


    This essential oil mix contains blue tansy, helichrysum, chamomile, wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, and coconut oil.

    Promising review: "I cannot believe the instant relief I received when applying to my painful arthritic hip! After trying many other lotions, creams and ointments, this brought immediate relief from pain. And it's so easy to take with me everywhere. I highly recommend!" —volksgang

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.95.

    18. A hands-free crutch, perfect for anyone who is injured and craving a sense of independence., Amazon

    Promising review: "Omg why isn't this what they give you in the ER when you break something! I can do dishes, pour myself something to drink, go up and down stairs, and it's so comfortable. I'm about 5'7" and 135 lbs., so I'm a bit smaller, and I think that helps me with this particular device. I feel more balanced on this than I do on crutches. My broken leg is elevated rather than dangling while on crutches. You need to walk down stairs backwards, but it's so easy and much safer than regular crutches. I live on a second story building and OMG this changed my life and got me out of the crutch nightmare I was living. Ignore the negative reviews and buy it! It's definitely with the small amount they charge." —rusty garrett

    Get it from Amazon for $149.

    19. A finger extension splint to keep on hand for the next time you inevitably jam your knuckle or fracture your pinky.

    Promising review: "This small product may not appear to be much, but it works phenomenally well as a splint. My girlfriend had a cyst in the joint of her finger from typing all day at work. The doctor recommended she splint the finger at night to allow time for it to rest and heal. She wore this product for all of 2-3 weeks and the cyst was completely gone. The functionality of the product is very practical, allowing for you to adjust as necessary to virtually any hand size. She said it is as comfortable as anything can be that is designed to restrict movement. No issues as all and will come in handy later on down the road in the event her cyst returns or one of us jams a finger." —Meagan LaBossiere

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    20. Or a lil' finger splint, for a more subtle way to keep your digit in check.


    Promising review: "This has been amazing for me. I love the versatility of being able to change the way it's on my finger and not needing to retape it all the time. I would recommend this to anyone with a finger injury. I am using it on my pinky if it was a 1/4 inch smaller it would be perfect but it still gets the job done for my knuckle injury." —T. Rasmussen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    21. A compression sleeve/brace you can wear with a sneaker once that pesky cast comes off.,

    Promising review: "These are a lifesaver. I recently injured both ankles around the Achilles tendons running and still have to walk a lot on my commutes to and from work. These are sturdy and compress enough to support but also can be worked out in as well." —Delisha McNealy

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in sizes S–2XL and in seven colors).

    22. A back scratcher with a long handle you'll be able to slip inside your cast and keep any itch at bay.


    This is ESSENTIAL for your survival — I used a pencil (desperate times) and ended up with lead all over my leg once my cast was removed.

    Promising review: "Recently had ankle surgery and casted for a couple weeks. This product was a lifesaver. Easy purchase saved me hours of agony associated with unreachable itches. :). Highly recommend for the those recovering with a cast." —Christopher S.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69+ (available in a pack one or three).

    23. Nourishing body lotion, because your skin doesn't absorb any water while it's covered and is therefore getting SUPER dry.

    Nivea / Via

    I've always relied on Nivea when my skin really needs to be hydrated, so this was a super important purchase for when I finally became cast-free.

    Promising review: "This is the only lotion I can use after shaving my VERY sensitive legs. I searched low and high, trying every expensive lotion, before finding this life saver. It's alcohol free, again very difficult to find, and doesn't leave my legs feeling greasy. It's saved my skin!" —Alex Skaledos

    Get it from Amazon for $2.92+ (available in 6.8 oz, 16.9 oz, or a pack of two, three, or six).

    24. An electronic foot file to help you remove all of the dead skin that'll accumulate underneath your cast (yum!)., Amazon

    Promising review: "OH MY GOODNESS!! AMAZING! I wish I had taken a before photo because I am extremely impressed with this little machine. I had a back surgery, so for about five months I couldn't bend down to scrub my feet like I normally do every day in the shower. I eventually got very dry feet that were calloused. I have tried different scrubs, soaks and creams, but nothing has worked as well as this machine. Within five minutes, it's scrubbed off so much dead skin and my feet feel better than they have in a long time! They feel soft and calloused free again. I'm blown away at how quickly it worked! Very affordable and worth every penny." —Angel M.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    25. Or a simple foot scrubber that'll also help bring your skin back to life post-cast.,

    Promising review: "I was looking for something that would work to remove the calluses on my feet but didn't look and feel like a cheese grater. These are wonderful...and at a great price! I would have paid for one what I paid for all four! Now I can have them at strategic locations around the house to do a little smoothing while I'm watching TV or taking a bath. The rough side takes off the big stuff and the smooth side softens it up. My at-home pedicure!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $10.99.

    26. And an exfoliating foot peel, because your poor skin deserves a satisfying (despite being kinda gross) treatment after all you've put it through with this injury., Amazon

    Promising review: "I had the worst dry feet. For years, the bottom of my feet and heels were dry and peeled constantly. Even though I got monthly pedicures, it still didn't help. A friend told me about Baby Foot so I gave it a try. After the application, my feet peeled like a snake for about five days. After I scrubbed off the dead skin, my feet were smooth and soft. It's been six weeks and my feet still look great!" —tjohns1984

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $39.99.

    27. Epsom salt and bubble bath for a soothing soak after a long day of physical therapy — you deserve it!

    Dr Teals / Via

    Promising review: "I cannot live without this product. Totally relaxes me and detoxifies for real. My skin is so soft and I am so relaxed afterwards. It's kind of unreal. Menstrual cramps, aches, stiffness, and swelling really do subside. I just wish they made it bigger. If you take two baths a week, you could go through it in a month or less. I get really sad when I am low. Everyone needs magnesium sulfate with the added benefits of clay — this has it all! The smell is fresh and clean. All my friends and family are hooked also. Try it, you will see what I mean." —Confused

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 16 scents).

    28. And a Cinderella foot mask fit for royalty, so your feet will look flawless when you re-enter society in fabulous glass slippers.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    You, realizing everything you need to get through this ~painful~ time can be bought without leaving your couch:


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