Health Tip: Limit Swelling While Wearing a Cast11/30/12
(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
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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