Dr. Shapiro uses special waterproof casts that that allows bathing or showering and even swimming without having to protect the cast with plastic bags. Fiberglass casts are usually fitted when the swelling has subsided. These casts are lighter weight, longer wearing, and more breathable than plaster. The fiberglass casts are sturdier than the plaster and require less maintenance. This new fiberglass cast may be changed every three to six weeks as needed until the cast is ready to be removed.
If You Experience Any of the Following Symptoms, Contact Us Immediately
- Increased pain or swelling
- Numbness or tingling in the extremity.
- Burning or stinging sensation. Bleeding or drainage from the cast.
- Rubbing at the heel or elbow.
- Fever or chills
Wearing a cast may cause the skin to itch. A hairdryer set on low can be used to blow cool air inside the cast. Sand, dirt, or powder should not be put in the cast. Nothing should be put inside the cast no matter how much it itches. If the itching does not stop, contact us.
Rough edges should never be trimmed or broken from a cast. If there is a rough edge that is irritating the skin, please call the office. When the injury has healed, only we should remove a cast. A special saw is used that cuts and breaks the cast apart without cutting the skin.
Splints are like a half cast. Some types are ready made. Others are custom-made. The ready-made splints have Velcro to hold them in place. A splint that we make is usually held in place with an elastic bandage. Splints may be used if the break in the bone is not very bad. If there is swelling, we may put a splint on and later replace it with a cast. A splint is easy to remove and may be used when physical therapy is necessary.
Casts and splints are usually needed for a brief period of time. Taking good care of them will allow the body to heal as quickly as possible.