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When should you call your doctor about your cast?

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You also should alert your doctor if you have:

  • Foul odor or a discharge coming from the cast
  • A fever (higher than 100 F for child and 101 F for adult)
  • Numbness, tingling, burning, or stinging in the injured arm or leg
  • Sores under the cast
  • Pain or swelling that gets worse
  • Cold, pale, or bluish skin
  • A crack or soft spots in the cast
  • Wet cast that won’t dry
  • A cast that’s too tight or too loose
  • Red or raw skin around the cast
  • Trouble moving fingers or toes

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 Jennifer Robinson on December 12, 2019

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 Jennifer Robinson on December 12, 2019

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