I remember digging a lot of baby poop out of the top of those casts with Q tips, LOL.
My mother in law got upset when she found out I was using the wire cutters from my toolbox to split the old casts. I asked her how she would do it and she couldn't come up with an answer. It was probably the only time in her life she was speechless!
I was born with a club foot in 1960 - still have one of the casts they used - about the size of my thumb. I was just telling my mom how I remember her doing my foot exercizes to me every night when I was a toddler. (She would hold my foot and push it in and hold it, release, do it again and again and again.) And how patient she was and how she kept at it night after night.
In my Junior year of High School I took 10th in State in skiing - both my mom and dad were in tears. They said when I was born they, or the doctors, did not know if I would even be able to walk properly.