• Call your doctor if your cast fits loosely. The cast can slide around
causing skin irritation.
• Exercise your fingers or toes. This improves blood flow and helps
• Use a nail file to file rough edges on your cast.
• Do not scratch the skin under your cast with sharp or pointed objects.
• Do not put pressure on any part of your cast or splint as it may break.
• Keep your cast or splint dry by putting a plastic bag over it when bathing.
• Use a hair dryer if your cast gets wet.
• Call your doctor or clinic to schedule an appointment to get your cast
removed after the bone has healed.
Call your doctor right away if:
• You have trouble breathing, chest pain or confusion.
• You have pain that does not go away.
• Your skin or nails of the injured hand or foot are blue, gray, cold or
• Your cast gets damaged or breaks.
• You have new stains or an odor coming from under the cast.
• You have swelling that makes your cast feel too tight.
Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
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