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Health Tip: Limit Swelling While Wearing a Cast

Health Tip: Limit Swelling While Wearing a Cast

11/30/12

(HealthDay News) -- It's natural for a broken limb to swell just after the injury. If the limb is in a cast, this can make the cast feel snug near the injury, causing discomfort and possible pain.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions to help ease swelling beneath a cast:

  • Rest the limb on a pillow, especially within the first 72 hours, so it is raised higher than your heart. This will encourage fluids to drain from the injury.
  • Gently and frequently move your fingers or toes on the injured limb. This will help prevent stiffness.
  • Place a soft ice pack around the cast.
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