Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey: Patient Care home Penn State Hershey: Education home Penn State Hershey: Research home Penn State Hershey: Community home
Penn State Hershey Health Information Library
  Library Home
  Find A Physician
  Find A Practice
  Request An Appointment
  Search Clinical Studies
  Classes and Support Groups
  Ask A Health Librarian
  Subscribe to eNewsletters


Penn State Hershey Health Information Centers
  Bone and Joint
  Cancer
  Children
  Heart
  Men
  Neurology
  Pregnancy
  Seniors
  Women

        Follow Us

Health Tip: Cast Care

(HealthDay News) -- Broken bones and injured tendons or ligaments can cause significant pain. Casts and splints are designed to help relieve this pain by limiting movement, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.

To care for your cast properly, the AAFP offers these suggestions:

  • Cover your cast with a plastic bag when bathing and showering.
  • Ask your doctor for safe methods to relieve any itchy skin.
  • Keep the area around the edge of your cast clean and moisturized.
  • Wiggle your fingers or toes to help with circulation.
  • Apply a covered ice pack for 15 to 30 minutes over a cast or splint.
  • Ask your doctor whether you can take over-the-counter pain medicine.

Copyright © 2019 HealthDay. All rights reserved.