A protective cast is an assistive device that is commonly used to help with the healing process after an injury or surgery. Many people assume that because a cast helps to protect their foot from stress and trauma that there’s little they need to do to maintain their foot health while it’s stuck in a cast. However, it’s very important that you know the warning signs of an issue with your cast so that you prevent small issues from snowballing. In today’s blog, we share some of the signs of a problem with your foot cast, and how you can help prevent issues from developing.
Warning Signs Of A Problem With Your Foot Cast
It can be easier to ignore or overlook some of the signs that suggest there is an issue with your foot while it’s recovering in a cast. Here’s a look at some of the most common symptoms that are precursors to larger issues with your foot and cast:
- Pain, numbness or a tingling sensation in the foot could be a sign of excess swelling.
- Burning or stinging could be a sign of too much pressure on the skin.
- Excessive sweating in your feet and toes could be a sign that blood flow is being impacted by your cast.
- An inability to move or flex your toes is a sign of a major issue with your cast.
- Redness, skin shearing or fluid discharge could signal a cast issue or the onset of an infection.
Most of these symptoms are more likely to occur in the first few days after casting when swelling is at its greatest, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear after a couple days have passed. You still need to perform daily foot checks and reach out to your foot specialist if you suspect a problem is developing, because the sooner treatment begins, the less likely the issue is to cause significant problems.