Casts – What Not to Do
For many patients, casts can be bothersome and uncomfortable, however necessary. By following these simple tips, you will be well on your way to recovery.
Do not place weight on your cast
Newly plastered casts take time to completely dry. It is recommended that you do not place any weight on your cast in order for it to dry in the correct position. Also keep in mind that walking on your cast without a boot can cause your cast to soften or even crack, reducing its effectiveness.
Do not put anything in your cast
Placing anything down your cast to relive an itch can result in sores, broken or irritated skin, causing even greater discomfort. Keep small objects and granules such as sand and dirt away from your cast, as they can easily fall in or get lodged, leading to infection and further irritation.
Do not attempt to loosen your cast
Trying to loosen or shorten your cast can create further injury to yourself and prevent the cast from doing its job. Remember the padding in your cast is in place to protect your skin and help keep your broken bone in the correct position while healing.
Do not get your cast wet
Getting the cloth padding of your plaster cast wet can take a long time to dry. Wetness inside your cast can cause skin irritation, infection, and further damage. It is recommended to purchase a waterproof covering to ensure your cast stays dry while bathing. It is recommended to avoid swimming and other water activities while in your cast.
Do not ignore warning signs
The purpose of casts are to heal your injuries; however, if not properly monitored, further damage can be caused. If your cast is too loose, cracked or causing excessive pain, burning, and numbness, call your doctor immediately. Swelling, skin irritation, bleeding, or drainage are also red flags that you need to see your doctor.
By following these simple tips, your cast will be more effective during the healing process and you will be well on your way to recovery!