Orthopedics: Care of Your Plaster Cast
- It takes approximately 48 hours for your cast to become completely dry and set. Do not put any pressure on your cast during this period.
- Do not get your cast wet. Protect your cast with plastic while washing or bathing. DO NOT use heat on a plaster cast.
- Elevate the limb on pillows - above the level of the heart. This will improve circulation in the limb and reduce swelling and pain.
- Do not put anything (e.g. coat hangers) inside the cast for the purpose of scratching.
- Move fingers and toes several times every hour you are awake to prevent them from becoming stiff and swollen. Parents are asked to encourage their child to do this.
- Do not try to repair or cut your cast yourself.
- If the cast becomes uncomfortable - (too tight or too loose) or if extremities become swollen, blue, numb or cold, elevate cast on a pillow above the heart level and if not better in 30 minutes, have the cast checked. Parents are asked to check their child's hands and feet for these symptoms.
- Call your doctor if there is a foul odor or severe pain in spite of medication.
- If any pressure points or sore spots develop under your cast, have it checked immediately.
- In the event that problems occur with your cast, contact your doctor or Emergency/Cast Room.