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Cast art for kids

castart_1“Hey, cool cast!” is something we often hear at the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine clinic at Affinity. Unfortunately, accidents happen and when they do we call on orthopedic surgeons to help mend broken bones. The healing process usually involves the wearing of a cast, splint or sometimes even surgery.

When I was training at the University of Colorado, I learned about a program developed by the orthopedists there called cast art. Kids that had to wear casts for long periods of time (typically involving the combination of surgery and casting) were able to decorate their cast. The kids could pick colored casting materials, glow-in-the-dark materials and specialty prints such as camouflage or NFL logos. Some patients heavily decorated their casts with markers or paints.

Since learning about it, I’ve continued to hone my craft here in Appleton and am spreading my techniques to our staff. For special cases, I have used layering techniques with colored casts to create cartoon characters, fun logos, glow-in-the-dark symbols and more. We even use glitter glue and gems to add a little ‘bling’ to our creations.

So if you ever need a cast (hopefully you won’t) you might end up with a special creation that will get other people’s attention. Check out some of the work I’ve done before!

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About Dr. Joe McCormick

Dr. Joe McCormick, orthopaedic surgeon, provides comprehensive orthopaedic surgery care with an emphasis in joint replacement, sports-related injuries, and pediatrics. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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