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 can include:

  • 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.

Our Locations

(949) 722-7038

Physician Offices

Huntington Beach

19582 Beach Boulevard, Suite 306
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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16300 Sand Canyon Ave, Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92618

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Mission Viejo

South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc.
26730 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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Newport Beach

22 Corporate Plaza Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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