March 26, 2014
Health Tip: Stay Comfortable in a Cast
Apply ice if you need it
(HealthDay News) -- Wearing a cast can be uncomfortable, and the wait for your injury to heal can seem long.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help you stay comfortable:
- Prop up the injured limb so it is above the level of your heart.
- While you rest, wiggle your toes or fingers.
- To ease pain, ice the injury for up to 30 minutes. Make sure the ice doesn't get the cast wet or actually touch the skin.
- Check with your doctor if you think you need pain medication.