Health Tip: Stay Comfortable in a Cast

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(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.

-- Diana Kohnle

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