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.
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:
- 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:
Please call +65 64712674 for an appointment to see your treating doctor.