Cast & Splint Care Instructions
The following information will help guide you on how to take care of your
cast or split.
Click here to download a PDF with this information.
Avoid getting the cast/splint wet. When showering, wrap a dry washcloth
around the top of the cast/splint and hold in place with tape or a rubber
band. Cover cast/splint and towel with a plastic bag and secure with tape
or a rubber band. If any water gets in the bag it should be absorbed by
the towel before it gets to the cast/splint. A few drops of water will
not be a problem, but if the bag fails and the cast is saturated, please
contact us immediately, as the cast/splint will need to be replaced.
Please note that Cast covers are available at NOI as a cash purchase. Ask
a staff member if this is an option for your injury.
Try to keep the casted/splinted extremity elevated above the heart as much
as possible to reduce swelling. Symptoms of swelling in a cast/splint
- Increased pain or feeling like the cast is too tight
- Tingling or numbness
- Coldness or discoloration of extremities
If any of these symptoms occur, elevate extremity above the heart. If symptoms
persist after 1 hour, contact our office immediately.
We use materials designed to keep itching under control. If however, you
do have an itch; DO NOT put anything inside the cast to scratch. This
means no pens, pencils, coat hangers, etc. If you insert anything into
the cast you can break the skin, which can then become infected. Digging
in the cast can also dislodge the padding; leaving an area with no padding.
The padded layer is what protects the skin from the saw during cast removal,
so do not remove or alter the padded layer.
Limit activities like sports and exercise while in a cast. Remember, you
can always make an injury worse.
If you have any questions regarding your cast or splint please call Newport
Orthopedic Institute at
949-722-7038 and ask to speak to one of our Orthopedic Technicians.