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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: August 11, 2014
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.
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