It is important to keep the cast clean and dry.
- When showering, cover the cast with one or two plastic bags or trash bags, use a washcloth or hand towel at the top of the cast to absorb any water leaking in, and secure the plastic bag with tape or rubber bands. (There are cast covers available to purchase at some pharmacies or medical supply stores costing about $20.00)
- If the cast does get wet, try drying it with a hair dryer on cool setting. The padding under the fiberglass is very difficult to dry completely. Skin under the cast can be easily irritated and may even develop a fungal infection if continually wet or damp.
- Do not use or place any foreign objects under the cast such as pens, rulers, sticks, money (this is not the place to store your coins!) Your skin can be easily scratched or irritated leading to infection.
It is normal to have swelling in the injured arm or leg even after the cast is applied. Wiggle fingers or toes periodically to stimulate circulation in the injured arm or leg.
Keep the casted body part elevated as much as possible. The injured area should be elevated in such a way that it is higher than the level of your heart.
For arm injuries take arm out of the sling and prop it up on pillows.
For leg injuries, when able, lay on a couch or bed and prop the leg up with pillows so that the injured area is higher than the level of your heart.
If you are permitted to bear weight on your leg, always wear the boot/cast shoe you are given when up and around. It will protect the bottom of the cast and prevent slipping on a wood or tile floor.
For your safety and the safety of others, it is not recommended that you drive with a cast on your hand or arm and your right leg. (This includes the left leg if using a clutch)
It is normal to experience discomfort in the area of the injury even after casting. Take prescription pain medications as ordered or over the counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen if there are no contraindications such as allergy, gastrointestinal problems/ulcers. Elevating the arm or leg may also help.