- It will take up to two hours for the fiberglass to fully harden. Do not apply weight on the cast during that time or it may break.
- To prevent swelling under the cast, for the first 48 hours:
Keep the cast completely dry at all times. Bathe with your cast well out of the water, protected with a large, rubber-banded plastic bag. If your cast does become wet, use aa hair dryer to warm the cast and speed up the drying process. A wet cast may cause skin irritation.
Follow up with your doctor as advised.
Get prompt medical attention if any of the following occur:
- Arm: Keep it in a sling or raised to shoulder level when sitting or standing; rest it on your chest or on a pillow at your side when lying down.
- Leg: Keep it propped above the level of your hip when sitting or lying. Sleep with the cast raised on a pillow. Avoid crutch walking as much as possible during this time.
- The cast cracks
- The cast or padding gets and remains wet over 24 hours
- Bad odor from the cast or wound-fluid staining the cast
- Increasing tightness or pressure under the cast
- Fingers or toes become swollen, cold, blue, numb or tingly
- Increased pain under the cast
- Keep your splint clean and dry.
- Keep splint in place as directed by your doctor.
- To prevent swelling, elevate above heart level.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your splint, please call the office.
For more information about cast and splint care, call our office at 283-1126 or visit orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00095