Caring for Your Plaster Cast, Synthetic Cast and Splint

The information provides advice on caring for your plaster cast, synthetic cast and splint. These applications help to immobilise an injured limb after fractures, sprains, ligament tears and other injuries.


  • Raise your injured part using pillows to reduce swelling.
  • Observe for change in nail bed colour of your injured part eg: from pink to blue.
  • Take painkillers when in pain.
  • Exercise your exposed fingers/toes of your injured part to prevent stiffness/swelling.
  • Keep your cast/splint clean and dry to prevent skin irritation.
  • Cover your injured part with plastic before a shower to prevent cast/splint from getting wet.
  • Use a fan to dry the inner cast/splint if it is wet or damp.

Do’s (Upper Limb)

  • Support your injured hand in an arm sling.

Arm Sling

Do’s (Lower Limb)

  • Always sit on a chair and place your injured leg on another chair when showering.
  • Use crutches/wheelchair as instructed for your own safety.


  • Do not put weight on the injured part unless advised by the doctor.
  • Do not wet your cast/splint.
  • Do not put powder or any object in your cast/splint.
  • Do not attempt to loosen or shorten your cast/splint.
  • Do not scratch your skin underneath your cast/splint using sharp object.

If you experience any of the following:

  • Swelling
  • Discolouration
  • Tingling sensation or numbness
  • Increasing Pain
  • Skin rubbing in the cast/splint or broken skin around the edges
  • Cast/splint feels too tight or loose, broken or cracked
  • Cast/splint is soaked or soiled

If your cast/splint was applied at Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic:

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