Casts and splints are commonly used to immobilize and protect broken bones or injured joints. Proper care of casts and splints is important to ensure they stay dry, clean and in good condition.
Here are some tips for caring for casts and splints:
Keep it dry: Avoid getting the cast or splint wet as this can weaken it, cause skin irritation or lead to infection. If the cast or splint does get wet, let it air dry completely.
Protect it: Cover the cast or splint with a plastic bag when showering or doing any activities that could get it wet. Avoid direct contact with heat sources such as a fire or hot water.
Keep it clean: Clean the skin around the cast or splint with a soft cloth and soap to prevent skin irritation.
Avoid scratching: If the skin underneath the cast or splint becomes itchy, try tapping or rubbing it gently instead of scratching.
Watch for signs of trouble: Look for any signs of redness, swelling, or a foul odor coming from the cast or splint, as these may indicate an infection. If you experience any pain, numbness or tingling, it is important to consult your doctor immediately.
Wear a cast shoe or crutch: If you have a lower limb cast, a cast shoe can help protect the cast and prevent tripping. If you have an upper limb cast, crutches can help reduce weight-bearing on the affected limb.
Follow your doctor's instructions: Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions for cast and splint care, and make an appointment for regular check-ups to ensure the cast or splint is fitting properly and not causing any issues.
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