Caring for Your Cast
Protecting your cast from damage is important so your injury can heal quickly.
After initial swelling has subsided, proper splint or cast support usually will allow you to continue your daily activities with little inconvenience.
It is important to keep your cast in good condition. Make sure:
- You keep your splint or cast dry. Use two layers of plastic or purchase waterproof shields to keep it while you shower or bathe.
- You don't walk on a "walking cast" until it is completely dry and hard - about one hour for fiberglass, and two to three days for plaster.
- To keep dirt, sand and powder away from the inside of your splint or cast.
- Not to remove the padding from your splint or cast.
- Not to stick objects inside the splint or cast to scratch itching skin. If itching persists, contact your doctor.
- To not break off rough edges or trim the cast before asking your doctor.
- To inspect the skin around the cast. If your skin becomes red or raw around the cast, contact your doctor.
- To inspect the cast regularly. If it becomes cracked or develops soft spots, contact your doctor.
- To never remove the cast yourself. You may cut your skin or prevent proper healing of your injury.
About Cast Removal
Your doctor will use a cast saw to remove your cast. The saw vibrates but does not rotate.
If the blade of the saw touches the padding inside the cast's hard shell, the padding will vibrate with the blade and protect your skin.
Cast saws make noise and may feel "hot" from friction, but will not harm you.