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

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