{try this} itchy cast relief

The poor Saint … he broke his right foot back on January 26th.  And like most everything in his life, if he does something, he does it BIG!!  The type of fracture he has (It’s a Lisfranc fracture if you’d like to take a Google break.) is a 1 in 50,000 people kind of break.  I’d take those odds for the lottery, but it’s not great for a broken foot.  He’s out of work until late April or possibly May – EEK!! trying not to panic … deep breath! – and is the proud owner of a shaved right leg from the knee down and a cool new red cast.  And do you know what that equals?

Unbearably Annoying!
It itches right there … that spot that is just out of reach!!

What’s a grumpy Saint to do?!?!  No, the correct answer does not involve a chopstick or bent metal hanger ;)

Thanks to Brian, the PA at the surgeon’s office … he is going to put my hair dryer on the COOL setting and blow that itch from here to kingdom come!!  Yep, that’s right … my good ol’ Conair to the rescue!!  

You can also use compressed air (you know, the stuff you use to blow the crumbs dust out of your keyboard …) to relieve the itch, too.

Of course, we had to bust out a Sharpie and add our John Hancocks to his cast.  Did you see my cute little signature on his cast?  Looks familiar, huh?  (see post signature below!) 

I even put a dorky joke on it … “This End Up”, ha ha!  Sad, I know!

I hope you never have a grumpy, itchy Saint or have to use this tip, but if you do {try this}, stop by and let me know!  I’d love for you to follow along here, on Facebook, Pinterest or even by email … check out my side bar for all those options!  And if you haven’t already, stop by this week’s {lost & found pinterest link party} to show off your favorite Pinterest boards.  This week’s party is linked up at the top of my blog.

And I promise I do still craft.  See above as to why those craftastic, DIY ideas and projects are in various stages of completion … they’re still coming, so please stick around, ok?  And another Girl Scout cookie recipe if that helps ;) 


  1. Having a cast is definitely NO FUN. I broke my wrist last year and it was terrible. My secret trick for itches was a straw. Yep, a straw. It scratches and exfoliates at the same time! So my arm was not super disgusting and smelly when the cast finally came off. Just be careful you don’t scratch too hard with whatever method you use – if you make it bleed it can get infected (gross) and you won’t even know.

  2. Can you atleast paint his toe nails, grey is the new shade for spring and it should match with you bball team colors….

  3. That’s a cool trick… although its too bad he has a fracture :/ Thanks for linking up!

  4. thanks for the tip, my daughter just broker her arm and it itches her all the time.

  5. I have never heard this trick before. Hopefull I will never NEED to know it again! Poor guy. I kinda like the gray toenail idea. . .

  6. I wish I would have known about this when I broke my ankle! Thanks for the tip!

  7. Thanks for linking to TheStuffofSuccess Party. This is such a great tip. I am frequently in casts and on crutches due to a disability. So this is a great tip. I am not sure what he is using for his crutches but I have a crutch cap tutorial here = http://www.thestuffofsuccess.com/2011/10/crutch-cap-tutorial.html
    - I make them for anyone I ever find on crutches. They are a life saver.

  8. Sounds like a good tip! I broke my foot a few years back. I’m a nurse and even though they told me not to “stick anything down my cast” I broke a plastic hanger and used that to relieve the itching. I’m a bad patient!

  9. Poor thing! Great idea though! Hope it all heals well!!! thanks for linking up this clever idea to Uncommon!

    Bonnie ;)

  10. Thanks for the tip! My niece has to wear casts on both legs for an extended period of time and the itching makes her so miserable. I will definitely be passing this tip along! :)

  11. I really enjoyed your article. More power to you!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Something called a cast scratcher works really good.

  13. I too have a Lisfranc injury. I didn’t fracture my foot; instead I managed to tear a ligament in two. I had surgery to replace the ligament with a screw, and I am two months into my surgery (3 1/2 since my injury) and I have had it!! My cast is sooooo itchy!! Mainly, my ankle area which is very hard to scratch. I think I will have to try the hair dryer idea. I hope it works!!

  14. Awesome blog !!! I really enjoy your article.Very informative and useful.

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