Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Painful Cast Home Care

Home care for cast and splint problems include:

  • Follow cast care instructions:
  • Place ice packs over the cast or splint for the first 24 hours.
    • Do not get plaster casts wet.
  • Follow splint care instructions.
  • Keep the cast or splint elevated for 24-48 hours.
    • Above your heart if possible
  • Check the circulation to your fingers or toes.
  • Do not scratch the skin under your cast.
    • This can injure the skin and cause infection.
  • Do not stand on a leg cast or splint.

Painful Cast Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have cast and splint problems and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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