COMMON QUESTIONS: Sizing and Product information
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SIZE CAST COVER I NEED?
Bloccs® Protectors are invaluable whenever and wherever you need waterproof cast or dressing protection — whether pool, beach or bath. Finding the right sized cast protector is a snap using our guides provided below.
Bloccs are easily stretched over the cast or dressing to make a watertight seal. The correct circumference is vital for a watertight seal and the length can be longer than measured. To achieve the best fit, consider both adult and child sizes. Please see the sizing charts for guidance.
FINDING THE RIGHT SIZE ARM OR LEG COVER?
Step 1: Do you need a full or a short cover?
If your cast ends below the elbow or knee a short cover is fine. If you cast ends above the elbow or knee you will need a full cover.
Step 2: Measure for the right cover length.
Measure from the fingertip or heel to just above the cast or dressing.
Step 3: Measure for a watertight seal.
Measure the distance around the arm or leg just above the cast or dressing.
Step 4: Check the Size Chart.
From the Arm or Leg sizing chart, choose the Bloccs cover which will fully fit over the cast or dressing.
FINDING THE RIGHT SIZE ELBOW OR KNEE COVER
Step 1: Measure for the right cover length.
Measure the length of the dressing please allow extra for the seal either end.
Step 2: Measure for a watertight seal.
Measure the distance around the arm or leg above and below the cast or dressing.
Step 3: Check the Size Chart.
From the Elbow or Knee size chart, choose the Bloccs cover which will fully fit over the cast or dressing.
Note: Any age ranges in the chart are a general guideline. Always measure for a watertight fit.
The larger size elbow and knee protectors are shorter in length and have a larger seal size around the limb. The smaller size elbow and knee protectors are longer in length and have smaller seal size around the limb.
I HAVE HAD A HAND OR FOOT OPERATION, SHOULD I BUY A SHORTER SIZE?
No, please follow the sizing chart for guidance.
I THINK I AM IN BETWEEN SIZES WHAT SHOULD I DO?
It may be worth considering buying one of each size, please then see the returns policy.
I THINK MY CHILD NEEDS A SMALLER SIZE THAN THE APPROX AGE RANGE?
Any age ranges in the chart are a general guideline. Always measure for a watertight fit. It may be worth considering buying one of each size, please then see the returns policy.
The correct circumference is vital for a watertight seal. The length can be longer than measured. To achieve the best fit, consider both adult and child sizes. Please see the sizing charts for guidance.
CAN I USE THE ELBOW WITH A PICC LINE?
Instructions must be followed to use the protector safely and to ensure that the watertight seal is effective. Whether the Bloccs protector is for yourself or your child, the decision to wear it when taking a bath, shower or using it for any other water-based activity is taken at your own risk. Medical advice should be sought to ensure that the activity will not affect the injury.
Please always check the sizing charts for guidance.
DOES A BLOCCS WORK WITH A SPLINT?
It is possible to wear a Bloccs over a splint, however, any rough edges could damage the Bloccs cover so should be covered with tape or a stretchy bandage.
HOW LONG CAN A BLOCCS COVER BE WORN FOR?
The protector can be worn for up to 30 minutes – providing it is still comfortable to wear, does not feel too tight and it is checked regularly. Children must always be supervised in a pool or in the sea.
WHAT ARE BLOCCS MADE FROM?
Bloccs covers are made from Natural Rubber Latex, do not use if you are allergic to latex.
WHAT DEPTH CAN A BLOCCS COVER BE SUBMERGED TO?
Bloccs covers are designed for swimming, showering and bathing, they have not been designed for diving or snorkelling or any other water sports. Bloccs waterproof covers are the only cast protectors made by a water-sports dry suit seal manufacturer, whose seals can be found in dry suits used by rescue services around the world.
ARE THERE LEG PROTECTORS THAT DON’T COVER THE FOOT?
Yes, please consider our Knee Protector Range (see sizing chart for guidance).
ARE THERE ARM PROTECTORS THAT DON’T COVER THE HAND?
Yes, please consider our Elbow Protector Range see sizing chart for guidance.
CAN I ORDER ITEMS THAT ARE OUT OF STOCK?
If you require items that are being shown as ‘out of stock’, please contact our Customer Service Team via contact us, who will be able to help.
HOW DO I PUT ON A BLOCCS?
As your Bloccs® protector is made from Natural Rubber Latex, you should remove any sharp jewellery and be careful not to cause a puncture with your fingernails. Cover rough edges with tape or a stretchy bandage. The smooth, skin-tight, waterproof seal should stretch easily over a dressing.
Before use, rub the seal together with your hands and give it a gentle stretch.
The first time that the Bloccs protector is put on, we recommend that is put on the arm or leg that does not have a cast or dressing. This is a good opportunity to check if you have a suitable size. Bloccs protectors use the same type of seal as that found on dry suits. They are designed to form a smooth, skin-tight, waterproof seal.
If the seal feels too tight or too loose when trying it on, please choose a different size protector. Please then see the returns policy.
For further information please watch our video and follow our full Care and Usage Guide.
HOW TO REMOVE YOUR BLOCCS
To remove the protector, carefully slide it over the dressing or cast on your arm or leg. Care should be taken to ensure that the seals are not damaged by fingernails or jewellery. Please follow the enclosed Usage and Care instructions.
CAN I WEAR A BLOCCS OVER AN ORTHOPAEDIC BOOT?
Please check our sizing chart for guidance, the full leg covers are the widest products within the range, any rough or sharp edges should be covered.
CAN I SWIM WITH A LEG COVER?
Extra caution should be taken when submerging leg casts in water as they can be heavy and restrict movement. You should not try to swim with a leg cast.
CAN I USE THE COVER FOR HYDROTHERAPHY?
Bloccs can be used as part of your hydrotherapy treatment, medical advice should be sought before commencing any activity.
CAN I GO IN THE SEA IN A BLOCCS?
Bloccs can be used in the sea, please note extra care must be taken not to tread on any sharp objects such as stone or rocks.
DOES BLOCCS PROTECT FROM SAND?
Bloccs can protect from the sand, however, please note extra care must be taken not to tread on any sharp objects such as stone or rocks. The protector can be worn for up to 60 minutes – providing it is still comfortable to wear, does not feel too tight and it is checked regularly.
IS BLOCCS REUSABLE?
Yes, a Bloccs is reusable and is intended to keep a dressing dry whilst exposed to or immersed in water. Please read the ‘Bloccs protector care’ section enclosed in the instructions for more information.
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