Cast Care Instructions For People With Broken Bones
Your life in a cast for the next several weeks can be a lot easier and more productive to your healing if you just follow a few of the instructions for cast care that we are presenting below. The number one thing you want to remember is to keep your cast dry. A wet cast will mean that you have to have a new one put on. This will cost you, as insurance will only pay for one cast in a 30-60 day period depending on the insurance company. Casts are there to keep broken bones as immobile and supported as possible. Your physician may want to wait a few days to a few weeks to put you into your permanent cast due to swelling, surgery or peripheral bone or skin trauma. Do everything your doctor tells you when it comes to caring for your cast and you will get the most out of it's help in getting you back to normal.
During The First 24-48 Hours You May Experience Swelling. Follow These Steps:
- Keep your cast elevated above the heart to avoid or eliminate swelling.
- Apply ice. Use a dry plastic bag or ice pack, which can extend half
way around the cast. Rigid containers or bags that only touch a small
area will not work. Make sure the ice pack is wrapped in plastic or
a clean dry cloth to keep your cast dry. Or, better yet, try our great Shower-Beauties™ Cast
Shower and Bathing Protectors.
- Move your uninjured but swollen fingers or toes often.
If You Experience Any Of The Following Symptoms, Contact Your Doctor Immediately.
pain or swelling
2. Numbness or tingling in the hand or foot.
3. A burning or stinging sensation. Bleeding or drainage from the cast.
4. Rubbing at the heel or elbow.
5. A fever or chills
6. Damage or wetness to the cast, or if it feels too loose.
Caring for your Cast -
Because Broken Beauties Cares About You!
Always keep your cast dry, especially plaster casts, which can be softened by moisture and not provide the necessary support. Even though some synthetic casts are moisture resistant, the cast padding is not. Damp padding next to the skin can cause irritation. Use a blow dryer in the cold/no heat setting to dry. Notify your doctor if cast becomes wet or soft and cannot be dried. Broken Beauties offers the Shower-Beauties™ shower and bathing cover to keep your cast dry in the shower available in the Bathing, Living and Mobility Aids Section.
Never place anything inside your cast, such as a coat hanger or ruler to scratch an itch. Use “Castblast™” spray offered in the Fashion and Comfort Section to spray a cooling and soothing spray of talc directly under the cast to calm the itch.
Do not alter your cast in any way, such as trimming or removal of padding. Try Broken Beauties arm cast, leg cast and crutch covers to protect and stylize your cast and crutches. You can also find super cool, fashion arm slings, all in the Fashion and Comfort Section. Wear a cast shoe except when sleeping. The firm bottom will protect against slipping and damage to your cast.
Remember, Everyday With A Little Care You’re One Day Closer To Healed!
Facts About Casts
After a broken bone has fractured, it needs rest to heal properly. Orthopedic surgeons commonly use casts to support and protect broken bones. While casts are uncomfortable and often heavy, they effectively immobilize and support the fracture during the healing process.
Arm casts and leg casts come in many shapes and sizes, but the two most common types are plaster and fiberglass. These types of casts are custom fit to the patient. For less severe injuries, sometimes a splint (a removable cast) will be custom made from one of these materials, or can be purchased in standard shapes and sizes. Broken Beauties offers great products for Adults, Kids and Teens to stylize your cast. Check out the fashion section to see these products.
Plaster casts are commonly placed around broken bones soon after the injury. These casts are padded with thick cotton and wrapped in elastic bandages to make them comfortable to the patient. Plaster casts can be easily fitted to allow for swelling of the extremity beneath the cast. Swelling can impair circulation in the arm or leg and cause further problems. Plaster casts are a burden for the patient because of their bulky and heavy material. They also must remain dry. Water can distort the cast shape and can cause problems for healing should the cast get wet. Doctors are adamant about keeping casts dry. Broken Beauties offers Shower-Beauties™ shower and bathing covers for your cast to keep it dry and safe while showering or bathing.
Fiberglass casts are usually fitted when the swelling has subsided. These casts are lighter weight, longer wearing, and more breathable than plaster. The fiberglass casts are sturdier than the plaster and require less maintenance. Usually, after suffering a broken bone, you may be placed in a plaster cast for a few days or a week. When you return to your doctor you will be placed in the fiberglass cast. This is just a rule of thumb, as many patients will keep their plaster cast on for the duration of the healing process. This new fiberglass cast may be changed every three to six weeks as needed until the cast is ready to be removed. Broken Beauties offers a terrific product called “CastBlast™”. This cooling spray goes right under the cast to sooth itching and relieve raw chaffed skin.
Wearing a cast can present certain unexpected problems in your every day actions. Casts on the arm or hand can complicate gripping, reaching, dressing, writing and eating. Leg casts can make it very difficult to dress, reach, walk and drive. Broken Beauties is sensitive to these sudden restrictions. Our Comfort and Mobility Aids Section is filled with great inexpensive gadgets to help you over come many of these challenges. If you don’t see what you need just Contact Us. We’ll do everything we can to get it for you.