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Instructions for Cast and Custom Splint Care

Caring for your cast:

  • Always keep the cast dry (wrap a towel around the upper edge of the cast and then cover the cast/arm with a plastic bag and seal prior to showering)
  • If the cast gets slightly wet, dry it with a hair dryer set on cool
  • No swimming allowed! The cast is not waterproof
  • If you experience swelling, elevate your arm above the heart
  • If the cast itches, tap on it with a wooden spoon or use a hair dryer set on cool to blow air into the cast. Over the counter anti-itch medication such as Benadryl can be helpful
  • Never place anything inside the cast such as a coat hanger or a ruler to scratch an itch
  • Do not alter your cast in any way
  • Do not put any baby powder or perfumes on or in the cast

 If you experience any of the following, contact Dr. Smith’s office immediately:
  • Increased pain or swelling
  • Change in color of the fingers
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Bleeding or drainage from the cast
  • Rubbing at the edge of cast
  • Damage or wetness to the cast
  • Cast feels too loose or too tight
  • Foul odor coming from the cast or arm