The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Plaster Cast Advice

Care of Your Plaster Cast:

  • Keep the plaster clean and dry
  • Exercise the fingers/toes of the affected limb regularly
  • Elevate the affected limb as much as possible to prevent further swelling or discomfort
  • Exercise the joints above the plaster to prevent stiffening
  • Mild pain relievers may be necessary in the first few days as broken bones hurt - Please follow the dose recommended by the chemist
  • Plaster casts can vary and may take up to 72 hours to dry: you will be told by the nurse about your cast
  • If your leg is in plaster you will be told when you see the Doctor if you are allowed to put any weight on the affected leg - crutches/frames/ sticks are available as required
  • Driving whilst you are in plaster is DANGEROUS and your driving insurance may be invalid. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE company.

Problems You May Have....

  • The cast becomes tight/ loose/cracked/soft/ broken
  • The cast rubs or presses against the skin causing irritation
  • Leakage through the cast or it becomes too smelly
  • Your pain may become severe and constant
  • You may have severe and persistent itching under the cast
  • Your fingers or toes may become very swollen, numb, have pins & needles or change colour
  • You may get new calf pain with or without new leg swelling
  • If any of the following problems occur, PLEASE TELEPHONE do not just turn up
  • LGI Plaster Room – 0113 3925717 (Mon-Thurs 8.30am – 5.45pm, Friday 8.30am – 1pm)
  • Out of these hours please ring the Minor Injuries / Accident Emergency / Walk in centre 0113 3923354.

DO NOT....

  • Immerse in water
  • Insert anything under your cast to scratch an itch
  • Trim or reshape your cast yourself
  • Use a hair dryer on the cast- let it dry naturally
  • Rest the plaster on a hard surface as it may dent or crack the cast