Love your technician: put the AFO cast cut-off strip under the nylon/stockinette

When I was a technician, few things bothered me more than trying to pour a cast with stockinette that was dangling. Many times a cut strip is placed on top of the stockinette which prevents the adherence of the casting material to the stockinette. I would try to use 3M spray adhesive and other methods to keep the stockinette from becoming part of the poured mold.

If a part of the stockinette got into the mold, stripping the material off the cast became a chore. I would sometimes have to cut the stockinette and leave some of it in the cast and then take a torch to burn it so the cast could be modified. All this extra work could be avoided if a clinician would have put the cut strip under the stockinette.

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4 responses to “Love your technician: put the AFO cast cut-off strip under the nylon/stockinette

  1. John

    What is the advantage to leaving the stockinette in the cast?

    • I like to leave the stockinette in to avoid plaster “leakage” through to fiberglass. The other reason I leave it in is to avoid the possibility of deforming the cast when I pull the stockinette out.

  2. Px student

    Who makes this particular cutting strip?

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