If you suffer an ankle fracture or another injury that requires your foot to be in a cast, it’s going to take some getting used to before you’re comfortable. If it’s been a while since you’ve worn a cast, or this is your first time in one, you may not know the signs that suggest there’s a problem going on. Today, we take a closer look at some symptoms and sensations that suggest there’s an issue with your cast.
Signs Of A Cast Issue
Here are five signs that suggest you may be dealing with a cast issue:
1. Pain or Swelling – Now, if you need to have your foot put in a cast, there’s a high likelihood that you’re going to be dealing with some pain and discomfort. Mild discomfort isn’t an issue, but if pain worsens and cannot be controlled with medications, it’s a sign that there may be something wrong. If you have uncontrollable swelling or pain, contact your doctor.
2. Numbness and Tingling – Again, these symptoms aren’t exactly a cause for concern on their own, but if they are intense or chronic, you may want to talk to your doctor. Some numbness may occur when you’re sitting or sleeping with a cast, but if the numbness and tingling occurs while you’re upright or moving, let your doctor know.
3. Can’t Move Your Toes – Most doctors will check to ensure that you can move your toes before you’re discharged during your casting appointment, but sometimes the issue doesn’t develop until you leave the office. If you’re unable to wiggle your toes in your cast, it means the cast is preventing movement, and it needs to be adjusted.
4. Splitting or Breaking of the Cast – If your cast splits, breaks or tears, it’s not going to be able to provide your ankle and foot with the support it needs. The torn location can also become a hazard for catching on other objects. Call your doctor and see if they want to you fix the problem with tape, or if they’d be better off recasting your foot.
5. Unusual Odor – A rancid smell is a common symptom associated with an infection, and if your cast is covering up your surgical site, the smell is one of the first ways to recognize a surgical site infection. Underneath your cast is never going to smell great, but if it really smells rancid, bring it to the attention of your doctor.