by Dr. Brant McCartan
So you have a broken bone. The doctors put a cast on it and said they would see you back in a couple weeks, but what should you do now? It’s time to take care of your cast.
When you break a bone (also called a fracture) in your foot or ankle, sometimes the best way to heal it is by using a cast. If the bone is not completely separated or dislocated from the site it should normally be in your body, a cast is all you need! A well made cast will allow your body to take over the healing process of your broken bone while protecting the injured site from any further damage. Healing takes time and a newly broken bone is fragile, so it is important to keep your cast fresh so that proper healing can take place.
Here are some tips from Milwaukee Foot Specialists for you and your cast:
- Do not get it wet! A wet cast will soften, and stink. No one wants a soft stinky cast.
- If you want to shower with your cast, place your limb with the cast in a plastic bag and duct-tape it closed, this will keep it dry.
- Protect your limb, a cast is strong and will help protect the broken limb, but you still have to be careful! Listen to your doctor about which activities are OK and which are not.
- Look out for any problems. If you notice any increased redness, swelling, tingling, or burning in your injured limb or fingers/toes. Call your doctor’s office right away!
- A cast should make your injury feel better. It protects and immobilizes the limb. If your injury is more painful with the cast on, contact your doctor!
- If you have any problems with your cast, contact your doctor as soon as possible. DO NOT try and remove your cast yourself.
Keep some of these tips in mind if your podiatrist put a cast on you. Wearing a cast while monitoring healing with X-Rays will help your doctor make sure you are on the road to healing in no time!