Health Tip: Caring For Your Cast
-- A cast or splint provides protection for bones that are fractured or otherwise injured.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions to care properly for a cast or splint:
- Keep your cast dry to prevent weakening of the cast and skin irritation. Wrap the cast in two plastic layers or a waterproof shield while you shower.
- If you have a walking cast, don't actually walk on it until it is completely dry and hardened. This generally takes two or three days for plaster casts, and an hour for fiberglass casts.
- Keep powder, sand and dirt from getting inside your cast.
- Don't pull out the stuffing from your cast, and never insert sharp objects to scratch.
- Check the cast frequently for cracks or weak areas, and monitor the skin surrounding the cast. Call your doctor if you notice problems with the cast or raw/red skin.
Posted: March 2010