The Side Entry Hand Cast Cover came about by necessity. On a cold December day while out skiing, I took a mild fall and landed in an awkward way on my hand, breaking my 4th metacarpal. I knew instantly that my hand was broken, and immediately proceeded to the hospital where I was splinted. From there, I visited a hand surgeon who promptly reduce the fracture and casted my hand, from fingertip to elbow. The cast was enormous.
As someone who loves the snow and winter activities, I found myself wondering what I was going to do with a broken hand–how would I do my morning 2 mile run, my evening 3 mile walk, go snowshoeing, take my daughter to the ski hill, or do any outdoor activities without a proper way to cover my hand. I knew that I would have this cast, followed by a splint, for the remainder of the winter. I couldn’t possibly sit inside for the next several months. I immediately went out and found the largest pair of men’s mittens I could find, in hopes that they would sufficiently cover my hand. Unfortunately, the cast was simply too large for the mitten to fit over top of it.
My fingers were sticking out of the end of the cast, and would freeze if I spent any time outdoors. I was determined to find a way to address the need for a proper way to cover my hand, so that I could continue some of my normal outdoor activities.
The Nordic Side Entry Cast Cover
I immediately located the thickest wool fabric I could find, sat down at the sewing machine, and the Nordic Side Entry Hand Cast Cover was born. It is comprised of a double layer of boiled wool fabric. It sits like a mitten over top of the entire hand, and extends to about an inch above the wrist. There are no finger holes in it, for a very important reason. Keeping all of the fingers together in the Cast Cover allows for maximum warmth. And for those who are wearing a cast, you may not have a choice–often the fingers are also casted, or, there’s limited range of motion.
The Nordic cover, as with all of the Side Entry Cast Covers, is open on the posterior side of the hand from the wrist, to the tip of the fifth digit. This allows you to easily slip your hand into it, regardless of the size of your cast. The cover is kept in place with two elastic straps that slip easily around two large buttons. The elastic straps are a simple loop that fit around each of the buttons in a very quick and easy motion using just the first finger of the opposite hand.
I wore the Nordic Cast Cover every day that my hand was casted–nearly 8 weeks through the coldest part of winter. I ran and walked outdoors every day. The double-layer boiled wool Cast Cover kept my fingers very warm, and it fit nicely over the wristband of my coat. This was a wonderful thing, that I just had to share it with others who are stuck in a hand cast during the winter time.
The Discrete Side Entry Cast Cover
The Discrete Cast Cover was created to address the need to cover my cast when going out of the house for business meetings and other social activities. The Nordic Cast Cover worked so amazingly well, I immediately decided I also needed a similar cast cover to keep my cast discrete, and to keep it clean.
I didn’t want my cast to always be the first topic of discussion. Also, I didn’t want my cast picking up germs from public places. For those two reasons, I created the discrete cast cover which is made of a much thinner fabric, in colors and fabrics that blend nicely with your clothing. The discrete cast cover is very easy on the eyes, and minimizes the obvious nature of a cast. Because my Discrete Cast Cover was made of a fabric that matched a few of my sweaters, many people never even noticed that I had a cast on my hand. In addition, I was able to minimize the germs and dirt that my cast would have otherwise collected from public spaces.
The Discrete Cast Cover has the exact same design as the Nordic Cast Cover. As with all of the Side Entry Cast Covers, it is open on the posterior side of the hand from the wrist, to the tip of the fifth digit. This allows you to easily slip your hand into it, regardless of the size of your cast. The cover is kept in place with two elastic straps that slip easily around two large buttons. The elastic straps are a simple loop that fit around each of the buttons in a very quick and easy motion using just the first finger of the opposite hand.