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
May 22, 2015
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