CAST CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Once a cast or splint is in place, your pain should improve. However, due to your injury, you may have swelling. This can cause a build up of pressure inside the cast that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, cold fingers, or the inability to move your fingers. Slight discoloration can be normal, but if your fingers or toes become whitish or bluish it could indicate a problem.
If you develop any of the above symptoms, ELEVATE YOUR LIMB ABOVE THE LEVEL OF YOUR HEART. Ice packs also help to relieve swelling. This is good practice for the first few days after your injury regardless if you are having problems or not.
Do not put any items down your cast. Scratching can irritate and even cut the skin and an unseen infection can develop.
If the skin around the edges of the cast is becoming irritated, place a bandaid, tape, or moleskin around the edges of the cast to protect your skin from the rough surface. If the irritation persists, call our office.
Water and Casts:
If you are wearing a splint (plaster covered with an Ace bandage) or a fiberglass cast, DO NOT GET THE SPLINT OR CAST WET. This can lead to skin breakdown and infection (especially if it is covering a surgical incision). To protect your cast, wrap it in a towel and then place in a secure, waterproof plastic bag. If it gets wet, contact our office.
If you have a questions, problems, or concerns regarding your cast, please call our office.