Skip to content

    First Aid & Emergencies

    Font Size

    Cast Care Tips - Topic Overview

    When to call

    Call your doctor right away if:

    • You have increased or severe pain.
    • You feel a warm or painful spot under the cast.
    • You have problems with your cast. For example:
      • The skin under the cast burns or stings.
      • The cast feels too tight.
      • There is a lot of swelling near the cast. (Some swelling is normal.)
      • You have a new fever.
      • There is drainage or a bad smell coming from the cast.
    • Your foot or hand is cool or pale or changes color.
    • You have trouble moving your fingers or toes.
    • You have symptoms of a blood clot in your arm or leg. (This is called a deep vein thrombosis.) Symptoms may include:
      • Pain in the arm, calf, back of the knee, thigh, or groin.
      • Redness and swelling in the arm, leg, or groin.

    Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

    • The cast is breaking apart.
    • You are not getting better as expected.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: May 22, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
    1 | 2
    1 | 2
    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    blue flames
    The right way to treat them.
    Wound paste into a cross
    8 essentials for car or purse.
    cpr demonstration
    4 steps for adults.
    bagged salad
    Learn when to call a doctor.
    sniffling child
    wound care true or false
    caring for wounds
    Harvest mite

    Pollen counts, treatment tips, and more.

    It's nothing to sneeze at.

    Loading ...

    Sending your email...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.


    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

    WebMD the app

    Get first aid information. Whenever. Wherever... with your iPhone, iPad or Android.

    Find Out More