About casts and splints

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About casts and splints


CAST CARE INSTRUCTIONS

ALL CASTS:
Keep your cast dry. To bathe, cover the cast with a plastic bag, and take a sponge bath. Do not lay your cast against anything hard, and do not stick coat hangers, etc., down into the cast.

FOR ARM CASTS:
When resting, elevate your arm so that your fingers are above chest level. Use the sling, if one was given to you, when you are up and around.

FOR LEG CASTS:
When resting, elevate your leg on a pillow, so that your toes are above chest level. Do not walk on the cast, unless the doctor told you it was okay to do so.

WATCH OUT FOR:
Severe, prolonged pain or burning under the cast, or fingers or toes becoming numb, blue, swollen, or paralyzed. If these or other problems occur, call 903-935-1151 or go to the emergency room.