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Weight-bearing versus non-weight-bearing cast

Discussion in 'Podiatry Students' started by LadyInRed, 06.19.07.

  1. LadyInRed

    LadyInRed

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    I was wondering if anyone could explain the difference between a weight-bearing and non-weight bearing cast. I wasn't able to find a description of the difference from some journal articles I was reading so maybe this is something simple that I'm missing. Namely, is the Aircast XP (Extra Pneumatic) Walker considered weight-bearing or non-weight-bearing?
  2. NatCh

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    A non-weightbearing (NWB) cast is what the patient has when you tell them, "Don't put any weight on it."

    A weighbearing (WB) cast is one on which the patient may walk. An Aircast has a rocker bottom sole, so if you tell the patient, "You may put weight on it" then it is a WB cast. If you tell him or her to not step down, then it is NWB.

    It is a designation more than a device.

    Nat
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