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How To Know if Something Is Wrong With Your Cast


Updated June 03, 2012

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Know the warning signs of a problem with your cast!

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Casts are an excellent treatment for broken bones. However, problems can arise and you should know how to assess the integrity your cast.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following symtpoms:

  2. Pain or swelling that is not adequately controlled with medication prescribed by your doctor.

  3. Numbness or tingling in the extremity (hand or foot).

  4. Inability to move your fingers or toes beyond the cast.

  5. Circulation problems in your hand or foot. (Check by pressing down on a fingernail or toenail--the skin beneath should blanche, but quickly turn pink again when pressure is released).

  6. Loosening, splitting or breaking of the cast.

  7. Unusual odors, sensations, or wounds beneath the cast.

  8. If you develop a fever or gerneralized illness.


  1. Do not remove the cast.
    Call your doctor or go to the emergency room if you suspect a problem with the cast.

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