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Every effort is made to give you a comfortable cast is functional. There are a few guidelines that you need to be aware of with your new cast:

During the first 24 to 48 hours you may experience swelling.

Follow the steps:

  1. Keep your cast elevated above the heart to avoid or illuminate swelling.
  2. Apply ice. Use a ziploc bag or ice pack which can extend at least half way around the cast. Rigid containers or bags that only touch a small area will not work. Make sure the ice pack is wrapped in plastic or a clean dry cloth to keep the cast dry.
  3. Move you were an injured or swollen fingers or toes often to promote circulation.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact our office immediately:

  1. Increased pain or swelling.
  2. Numbness or tingling in the hand or foot.
  3. A burning or stinging sensation. Bleeding or draining from the cast.
  4. Rubbing at the heel or elbow.
  5. A fever or chills.
  6. Damage or wetness to the cast or if the cast feels loose.
  • Please do not stick anything down your cast such as a coat hanger or ruler to attempt to scratch in it. The skin under your cast is very sensitive and you may damage your skin by doing so.
  • Cast in anyway. Trimming or removal of padding from the cast will compromise the integrity of the cast.
  • Always keep your hands dry. Even though some synthetic cast or a booster resistant, the cast pad is not. Damp padding next to the skin can cause irritation. Use a blow dryer on cold or no heat to dry your cast as it becomes damp. Notify our office if the cast because wet or soft and cannot be dried.
  • If you find an area on your cast that is bothersome, please call the office so that we can make it comfortable for you.