Below is some information that may be useful for our patients. If you are thinking about having a surgery, you may wish to review these pages. If you have already had a surgery, these pages will tell you how to care for yourself after the procedure.
Keeping a cast dry is the best way you can take care of it. Even with a waterproof cast, it should be dried thoroughly if the cast gets wet. If the cast isn't completely dry, the underlying skin of the cast stays damp and may become infected and foul smelling.
A method of keeping the cast dry in the shower is to enclose it in a plastic bag and to tape the open end of the bag. Another method is to purchase and use a special cast protector.
If possible when sitting or lying down, you should keep the cast or splinted limb elevated above the level of your heart. This will reduce the swelling and help to keep the cast from becoming too tight.
If any of the following warning signs appear after the cast is placed or changed, please consult your doctor:
1. Severe Pain – Although some pain is expected because of the injury, if the pain becomes steadily worse after the cast has been placed or changed, it may be a sign that the cast is too tight.
2. Bluish Nailbeds – A nailbed is the area under the fingernails and toenails. A bluish nailbed is another warning sign that the cast is too tight.
3. Numbness or Tingling – A constant numbness or tingling in the fingers of the casted arm or toes of the leg may indicate that the cast is too tight or that a nerve has been injured.
4. Immobility of the Fingers or Toes – The inability to move the fingers toes of the arm or leg in cast may be another signal that the cast is placed on too tight or that the muscles and nerves are damaged.
5. Severe Coolness of Fingers or Toes – Although there is a difference in the temperature of the casted arm or leg and the arm or leg that is not placed in a cast, the difference is minor. If the casted arm or leg experiences severe coolness, the cast may be placed on too tightly.
6. Severe Swelling – Although most injuries cause some form of swelling, a worsening of the swelling after the cast is put on may be a sign that either the cast is too tight, or that the affected arm or leg requires further examination from the doctor.
7. Dented or Cracked Cast – A dented or cracked cast may affect the healing of the injury, Do consult a doctor when this occurs. Also, you may want to check with a doctor if the cast does not hold the affected arm or leg still enough.
If you require further information or would like to see how we can assist you, Please feel free to contact us to discuss possible treatment options.