What is the difference between OrthoTape NEAL, AquaCast, and Delta Dry?
The three main differences are:
Will my Doctor put this on for me?
- OrthoTape NEAL is an easy one-piece design. It also has more breathability and does not pool water at the elbow or heel of the foot.
- AquaCast has been around for a while now and many doctors are familiar with it.
- Delta Dry is a lightweight material and can dry fast and is easy to apply.
It usually depends on the doctor as to whether they want you to be in a waterproof cast. Usually, you will ask one and they may say no, and you ask another and they are happy to apply it for you. So it is best to ask around to get the right doctors as they all differ in opinion. Let your doctor know you will be compliant with all instructions and take care of the waterproof cast. If you do find a doctor that is willing to work with you. Let us know as we are compiling a list and can share it with others like you.
Why don't doctors already carry this item?
It may be they are not familiar with it. It could also be due to space in the office for inventory. Or it could simply be it is not covered by many insurances, so it is an out-of-pocket cost. Either way, you can always take it to them or have us ship it directly to their office for your visit. Please let your doctor know about us so they can tell their other patients about us.
How long does it take to dry and do I use soap to clean it?
The cast can dry to touch in as little as 1/2 hour to an hour. It should be completely dry in under 12 to 24 hours. It is recommended that you give yourself one day's rest in between getting wet times to allow your skin to dry out better. To dry it faster, you can just use a hairdryer on a low setting or check out our cast cooler. It gets the cast dry super fast. To clean just use gentle soap and if does begin to stink, you can soak it in a mixture of 1 cup hydrogen peroxide to 1-gallon water strength. You can also mix in 1/3 cup of rubbing alcohol if you really want to kill any bacteria in the cast.
How fast can you ship it?
We ship super fast, same day by 4 PM EST. At the checkout, you will be able to upgrade your shipping to faster options. It is best to get it in advance of your doctor's appointment rather than the day of. Always plan ahead and get the supplies you need sooner than you need them. True you may need to do it Overnight, but it is better to have the supplies in hand 1-2 days before the appointment.
Can you swim in saltwater or chlorine with the cast?
Yes, The cast is designed to handle both saltwater and chlorine. Always remember to flush it with clean water to remove the salt or chlorine.