Diabetes, Damp Casts, and Hair Dryers are Not a Good Combination

Bernardine C. Henderson Department of Endocrinology, Wilmington VA Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware.

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Derek Lawson Department of Nursing, Wilmington VA Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware.

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G. Reid Conley Department of Surgery, Wilmington VA Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware.

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Second- and third-degree burns of the toes resulted when a 69-year-old man with Charcot foot and a recent fractured ankle followed the advice of his local podiatrist. The man got his fiberglass cast wet while showering and was told to dry his cast using the low setting on a blow dryer. The following presents a literature review of cast drying, hair dryers, and this unfortunate man’s case. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 103(3): 243–245, 2013)

Corresponding author: Bernardine C. Henderson, NP, MBA, CDE, Wilmington VA Medical Center, Department of Endocrinology, 1601 Kirkwood Hwy, Ste 1006, Wilmington, DE 19805. (E-mail: bernardine.henderson@va.gov)