Splint/Cast Care Instructions

ICE Therapy

  • Despite the splint/cast, ice can be helpful to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Ice for 20 minutes at a time. Try to do this three to four times per day.

Showering

  • The splint/cast must be kept clean, dry, and intact. It is very important that the splint/cast does not get wet.
  • You may shower by placing a large garbage bag over your splint and Duct taping it to your skin above the splint – do not submerge your leg under water. Do not try to merely put a rubber band at the top of the plastic bag as it will not create a tight enough seal and water will get down inside.

Activity

  • Elevate the extremity to chest level or above whenever possible to decrease swelling. Wiggle fingers or toes to promote blood circulation.
  • For lower extremities, do not put the splint down on the ground. Use crutches for walking.
  • For upper extremities, do not support your weight with the splint.
  • Avoid long periods of sitting with the leg or arm below your waist or long periods of standing/walking as these activities are likely to increase swelling.
  • Do not attempt to put anything down the splint/cast, as this can cause a skin tear/cut and will increase risk of infection.
  • You may return to sedentary work / school if swelling and pain are tolerable and you are no longer taking narcotic pain medications.
  • NO driving until discussed with Dr. Roth

Questions

  • During business hours, contact Sabrina in Dr. Roth’s office at 510-267-4013.
  • For concerns that cannot be addressed during business hours, call the Webster Call Center at 800-943-8099.