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How can you ease swelling if you have to wear a cast?

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  • Prop up the injured part of the body so it’s higher than your heart. If the cast is on your leg, lie down and put cushions or pillows underneath.
  • Wiggle your fingers or toes on the injured arm or leg, and do it often.
  • Chill the cast from the outside with a plastic bag of ice, or an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel. Keep the ice on the cast at the site of the injury for 15-30 minutes. Repeat every few hours for the first few days. Be sure to keep the cast dry.
  • Ask your doctors if you should take OTC pain meds.

From: Casts: Tips for Care and Comfort WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Casts and Splints.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Care of Casts and Splints.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cast Care: Do’s and Don’ts.”

Nemours: “When Your Child Needs a Cast.”

KidsHealth: “Cool Cast Facts,” “Frequently Asked Questions about Casts.”

AboutKidsHealth (Canada): “Case Care: Arm or Leg Cast.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Casts and Splints.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Care of Casts and Splints.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cast Care: Do’s and Don’ts.”

Nemours: “When Your Child Needs a Cast.”

KidsHealth: “Cool Cast Facts,” “Frequently Asked Questions about Casts.”

AboutKidsHealth (Canada): “Case Care: Arm or Leg Cast.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 17, 2017

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