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Dr. Raj Singh
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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more


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Why do people usually get foot cast?

Why do people usually get foot cast?

Immobilize: A foot cast is used to immobilize a injured area on the foot to keep it from moving and give it a chance to heal. A example of this would be a stress fractue of the metatarsal bone. ...Read more

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How do I dry my foot cast when its wet?

How do I dry my foot cast when its wet?

It should not be wet: You need to call your doctor. Depending on wet it is, it may need to be changed.
A wet cast can create a fungus infection of the skin and start to smell. ...Read more

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How long should I wear my foot cast for?

Depends: This is dependent on the injury and the instructions of your doctor. If you have questions ask you treated physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to do upper body exercise when in an immobilizing foot cast?

Is it possible for you to do upper body exercise when in an immobilizing foot cast?

Yes- esp. If seated: As long as you are not applying more than the simple weight of your leg and otherwise abiding by your physician's activity limitations, you should be able to participate in a myriad of upper extremity exercises and utilize any of the upper extremity lifting machines that allow for a seated position. ...Read more

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My heel hurts after I got my foot cast removed. Normal?

My heel hurts after I got my foot cast removed. Normal?

Yes: Often after being in a cast, the foot and ankle can lack flexibility. This lack of flexibilty will cause stress to the bottom of the foot at the plantar fascia ligament which results in heel pain. Stretching and physical therapy will help with this problem. ...Read more

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Got my foot cast off yesterday, and my foot swelling up like a cantaloupe again, why?

Got my foot cast off yesterday, and my foot swelling up like a cantaloupe again, why?

Stagnation: Venous stagnation need to get checked for DVT by sonogram, If negative sonogram keep elevated and wear stockings ...Read more

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I will be having a bunion removed. I will be in a foot cast but still be able to walk but what about driving?

I will be having a bunion removed. I will be in a foot cast but still be able to walk but what about driving?

Bunion surgery: If you need your foot to drive your car........And most of us do.... Then it is not recommended you drive while in a cast.....
In short, I would tell you no, you cannot drive. ...Read more

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How long will it take to put full weight on foot after cast comes off?

How long will it take to put full weight on foot after cast comes off?

Immediately with PT: Depending on the casting duration and reasons why a cast was implemented, you should be able to put full weight on your foot with pt rehab and utilizing a temporary walker boot. ...Read more

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Is it normal for foot to be swollen. Had foot in cast for six weeks. Cast was taken off january 6?

Is it normal for foot to be swollen. Had foot in cast for six weeks. Cast was taken off january 6?

Yes: Swelling after being in a cast for 6 weeks is normal, especially if u have had bunion surgery as noted in your history. If the swelling is not improved w/ elevation of your lower extremity and/ or is causing increasing pain despite above see your surgeon. ...Read more

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I broke my 5th metatarsal on my foot. No cast just foot boot and crutches. No weight bearing. When should I try to walk on it. I cant go to the dr I d?

I broke my 5th metatarsal on my foot. No cast just foot boot and crutches. No weight bearing. When should I try to walk on it. I cant go to the dr I d?

Break in period..: There are breaks and then there are breaks. Without knowing the severity of the fracture, stress or otherwise, it is impossible to assign a treatment regimen. No matter what the degree of injury, it would be most wise to avoid weight bearing as much as possible and use the crutches with the boot. ...Read more

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Broken foot, boot cast, muscle disease etc., body aches/hurts tired from top to bottom! How do I adjust ¬ get weaker etc. Why does upper body hurt?

Broken foot, boot cast, muscle disease etc., body aches/hurts tired from top to bottom! How do I adjust ¬ get weaker etc. Why does upper body hurt?

If your not putting: Pressure on the foot then your body is not aligned properly and you end up exerting more energy and utilizing other body parts etc.... ...Read more

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Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot, now surgical shoe. Why?

Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot, now surgical shoe. Why?

Quit Sloughing off.: Skin sloughing, particularly after a period of immobilization and departure from one's daily bathing routine, is almost a given when the immobilization and swelling end. Layers of dead skin cells that are normally sloughed during one's daily routine have piled up and are revealed as these skin "sheets". One can only imagine how much skin is shedded daily by your body daily. ...Read more

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Why are my toes on my cast foot cold?

Why are my toes on my cast foot cold?

Couple of things: You may have had swelling under the cast which will make the cast tight and cause decreased blood flow.
You need to have it checked to make sure there is not a problem. ...Read more

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I recently had surgery on my right foot and my cast is really painful. Is there anything that would help?

I recently had surgery on my right foot and my cast is really painful. Is there anything that would help?

Have it replaced: If your surgeon feels the need to keep you in a cast, it has to be reasonably comfortable. A "really painful" cast needs to be removed and replaced. ...Read more

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What are some exercises for ankle/foot strengthening after cast removal?

What are some exercises for ankle/foot strengthening after cast removal?

Theraband: If your foot/ ankle is stiff after cast immobilization then rom / strengthening exercises can begin. We generally show our patients how to work on gentle range of motion of their ankle and subtalar joint. We also show them theraband (rubber band stretch materiel in different resistances)exercises they can do @ home. Also'stork' or balance training can be done. See a pt for home instructions.! gl! ...Read more

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I have a broken foot with out cast ok for a bath?

I have a broken foot with out cast ok for a bath?

Yes: When patients are given walking boots or fracture shoes they are typically allowed to shower or bathe as long as there are no open wounds on the skin. Follow all doctors instructions for your best results and quickest healing! ...Read more

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My fiberglass cast was removed 10 months ago from my leg and foot. Could the cast possibly have caused nerve damage?

My fiberglass cast was removed 10 months ago from my leg and foot. Could the cast possibly have caused nerve damage?

Probably not: First why do you think you have nerve damage? Only way a cast can produce nerve damage is by compresion (too tight) and sure if that was the case you would have complained with pain and tha cast would have been removed or changed. I doubt the cast was the culprit. ...Read more

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Can I work sitting at a desk with a broken foot in a cast? It swells up when lower than my heart. Is this dangerous? How can I prevent clot while work

Can I work sitting at a desk with a broken foot in a cast? It swells up when lower than my heart. Is this dangerous? How can I prevent clot while work

It is possible: If swelling is severe, it could cut off the circulation. If you get any discoloration of the toes or experience excessive pain or a feeling of numbness, have it evaluated right asap. To decrease your chances of developing a blood clot you may benefit by being on blood thinning medication or you may try to flex your calf muscles every once in a while and try to move your toes. Get docs advice. ...Read more

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I have a foot in a cast and wrap it with 2 trashbags and tape. Can I submerge it? My doctor told me to wrap my foot with doubled trash bags and tape with masking tape. I have been hanging my leg out of the tub and cause a huge mess with the water. Is that

Trying: Trying to keep your foot dry by wrapping it in one, two or more trash bags and taping it not only doesn't work well, but it's cumbersome, and more apt to cause an accident.

You have two choices:

you can go out and buy something called a "cast protector, " which is a loose, rubber stocking that has a velcro or other elastic kind of closure near the top to keep it waterproof, or you can take a bath instead of a shower.

If you get a cast protector, there are two kinds, an expensive kind (about $35) which works, and a cheap kind (about $5) which doesn't work. Spring for the expensive one if you go this route. Any good pharmacy should have these things.

You can take baths instead of showers, and just keep your foot out of the tub. The best way to do this is to go into a dry tub and fill it up while you're already in it. Play with the sail boat, and when you're done, drain the water while you're still inside. Keep a dry towel nearby, and after all the water is out, put the towel in the tub, and use that to stand up to get out.

I realize we don't really feel all that squeaky clean after a bath compared to a shower, especially while all that dirty bath water is draining out while we're sitting in it. But it is a much safer way to keep your foot dry.

One last thought: if the reason you must keep your foot dry is because it's in a cast of some sort, it's not the end of the world if you were to get it slightly wet. It'll just be a mess. But if the reason to keep your foot dry is related to surgery or an open wound, it's imperative to keep it dry. If you get it wet, you seriously risk infection.

Good luck and stay dry! ...Read more

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Hairline fracture foot child no cast?

Hairline fracture foot child no cast?

Yes and no.: It will depend where the broken bone is and the stability of the hairline fracture. If it is in an unstable region, a cast (and possibly nonweight-bearing) may be a good choice. ...Read more