Splint and Cast Care

Whether your splint or cast is plaster, fiberglass or other, you can rest assured you're getting the safest, most comfortable support available. The following guideline will help you get maximum benefit from your treatment. These are guidelines only and are not intended to supersede any directions given to you by your physician or affiliated medical personnel.

Be sure to

  • Elevate the injury if you experience swelling. Using pillows, blankets, a recliner or other soft means, prop up the injury above the level of your heart.
  • Move fingers and toes frequently to maintain muscle tone and circulation.
  • Keep your cast or splint dry.
  • Check with your insurance company before driving. Drivers may not be covered if wearing a splint or cast or taking medication.

Do not

  • Get your cast or splint wet (plaster or fiberglass).
  • Put baby powder or talc inside cast or splint to relieve itching.
  • Remove or insert padding inside cast or splint.
  • Break off or trim edges on your cast or splint.

Contact your physician if you experience:

  • A blister inside your cast or splint.
  • Numbness or persistent tingling.
  • Breaks or soft spots inside your cast or splint.
  • A loose fit.
  • A wet or badly soiled cast or splint.
  • A fever.
  • Pain and swelling after you've tried ice, elevation and / or pain medication.