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Cast Care (cont.)

When to Call Your Doctor

  • Check the cast and the skin around the edges of the cast everyday. Look for any damage to the cast, or any red or sore areas on the skin.
  • Call the doctor immediately if any of the following happen:
    • The cast gets wet, damaged, or breaks.
    • Skin or nails on the fingers or toes below the cast become discolored, such as blue or gray.
    • Skin, fingers, or toes below the cast are numb, tingling, or cold.
    • The swelling is more than before the cast was put on.
    • Bleeding, drainage, or bad smells come from the cast.
    • Severe or new pain occurs.

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