The outside of your cast is fiberglass. The inside of your cast is usually either a soft cotton material or a waterproof material.
These things can be signs of problems in the cast and should any occur, you should contact our office immediately.
DO NOT attempt to remove your cast. You could do further damage to your injury or sustain a new injury simply trying to remove the cast.
DO NOT put anything in your cast. Sticking something (coat hanger, ruler, etc...) in the cast can scratch the skin, which could lead to an infection. Furthermore, anything you stick in the cast could get stuck, which could also cause skin irritation or an infection. Please contact our office if something gets stuck in your cast.
Swelling is greatest in the first 24-48 hours after the injury. To help minimize swelling in your cast follow these simple instructions.
Elevate/raise the cast above the level of the heart.
Wiggle your fingers or toes as tolerated.
Use your sling intermittently during the first 24-48 hours after injury. Your arm and hand will be below the level of the heart while in the sling and that can increase the initial swelling.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin or Advil can be taken. Take as directed on the bottle. DISCONTINUE IF THIS CAUSES AN UPSET STOMACH.
Newest research suggests these medications may negatively interfere with fracture healing. Prolonged use for more than 48 hours in the first 3 weeks after a fracture is not recommended.
If these methods fail, your cast may need to be split down the sides to allow for swelling to resolve. Please contact our office and DO NOT attempt to alter or remove the cast yourself.