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My cast too tight, what can I do to loosen it?

My cast too tight, what can I do to loosen it?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Is my leg cast too tight? I fractured my fibula and tore a ligament near my ankle. Yesterday my doctor repositioned my foot/ bone in preparation to be casted. I didn't experience much pain or discomfort once the cast was set but today I am experiencing a

Is my leg cast too tight? I fractured my fibula and tore a ligament near my ankle. Yesterday my doctor repositioned my foot/ bone in preparation to be casted. I didn't experience much pain or discomfort once the cast was set but today I am experiencing a

It: It is very important to keep your leg elevated above the level of your heart to prevent swelling after a reduction and casting since the cast is circumferential and if your foot swells it may cut off circulation. I would keep it elevated and apply ice and if the pain and swelling does not subside or if it worsens I would go to the nearest er and have the cast split or removed. ...Read more

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How do I know if a cast on my foot is too tight before it us too late.

How do I know if a cast on my foot is too tight before it us too late.

Cast pain: Well, if a cast is too tight pain is usually the first indicator. Certainly affected body parts changing color such as red or blue due to vascular compromise is an emergency. Be aware of this as well as numbness that could indicate nerve compression. See the physician that applied the cast for help - and don't wait. They would want to see you even if you are just concerned. ...Read more

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33 weeks pregnant with broken fibula, I keep swelling in my cast and it gets too tight. Shouldn't I be in a boot instead? 4 weeks post break

Talk to MD: You need to tell the Orthopedist (MD) that you are pregnant and find out whether or not the cast needs an adjustment. Pregnancy has a tendency to accumulate extra dependent fluids in the lower legs when standing. ...Read more

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Had wrist break. At 4 wks cast changed. I said too tight. 2 wks later cast off. Now can't move thumb. Tendon ruptured! Think because bad cast. Advise!

Had wrist break. At 4 wks cast changed. I said too tight. 2 wks later cast off. Now can't move thumb. Tendon ruptured! Think because bad cast. Advise!

Tendon injury: The orthopedic surgeon is best qualified to answer this question as to the cause of the tendon rupture. You may want a second opinion from a different orthopedic specialist, however. ...Read more

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I have broke my foot and I'm on cast. Do I have to change my cast? It has been 4 4weeks so far and it's a bit tight! 5 days left to my appointment.

I have broke my foot and I'm on cast. Do I have to change my cast? It has been 4 4weeks so far and it's a bit tight! 5 days left to my appointment.

Keep your appointmen: If the cast feel tight and your toes are discolored see you doctor asap. Try elevating your leg to see if the feeling of tight ness decreases. If it continues see your doctor. ...Read more

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My cast is a little tight so does lack of blood flow produce swelling?

My cast is a little tight so does lack of blood flow produce swelling?

Contact your doctor: You need to consult your treating doctor. If you notice a lot of pain or increased swelling, your doctor will probably want to examine you and possibly bivalve or replace your cast with one that does not have too much pressure. Increased compartment pressures can sometimes cause this problem, or it could be normal.
When a cast is too tight, it can cause skin problems. ...Read more

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Out of cast after 4 weeks (long arm) muscles in forearm tight n painful n numbness in thumb normal post cast? I had epychondolitis n torn tendon

Out of cast after 4 weeks (long arm) muscles in forearm tight n painful n numbness in thumb normal post cast? I had epychondolitis n torn tendon

Can be expected --: Stiffness from being in a cast for 4 weeks. Numbness maybe from cast being too tight or the cotton padding may have bunched up causing a local neuritis, which should clear up in 2-3 weeks time. As you exercise the tight muscles should loosen up and get stronger, reducing the stiffness as well.
Massage/stretching exercises would help the epicondylitis. The doc should advise re: the torn tendon! ...Read more

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Out of cast after 4wks (long arm) forearm muscles tight n painful n numb thumb. Normal after casting? Have epychondolitis n partial tendon tear

Out of cast after 4wks (long arm) forearm muscles tight n painful n numb thumb. Normal after casting? Have epychondolitis n partial tendon tear

Not normal: Numbness is never normal, a nerve may have been irritated by the cast. Epicondylitis should never require a cast, even with a partial tendon tear. I recommend seeing a sports medicine trained doctor. ...Read more

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I had midfoot fracture 2 months back.  I had elastic cast for 5 wks, it was so tight sometimes now I feel pain and my big toe lost some stiffness.  Could that be due to a tight cast?

I had midfoot fracture 2 months back.  I had elastic cast for 5 wks, it was so tight sometimes now I feel pain and my big toe lost some stiffness.  Could that be due to a tight cast?

Yes possible.: The injury along with the application of the cast has resulted in stiffness of your foot. You may benefit with a period of physical therapy to improve you function, strengthen muscles, and to improve your flexibility. Consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 24 m, I had midfoot fracture 2 months back, I had tight elastic cast to my foot fr 5 wks, after that suddenly I got sciatica. Does tight cast caused?

I'm 24 m, I had midfoot fracture 2 months back, I had tight elastic cast to my foot fr 5 wks, after that suddenly I got sciatica. Does tight cast caused?

Possibly: Sciatica typically is pain originating in the spine or buttock region and radiating down the leg. Typically if the pain you describe is around the cast in the foot then it could be the cast was too tight and caused a local compression of nerves in the foot. If the pain radiates all the way up the leg, then it could be that altered walking pattern could have aggravated a spine issue. ...Read more

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It's been a yr since I broke my ankle (no bone fracture, only torn ligaments) I had a cast on & all that. It's stilla bit swollen & tight. What to do?

It's been a yr since I broke my ankle (no bone fracture, only torn ligaments) I had a cast on & all that. It's stilla bit swollen & tight. What to do?

Physical therapy: Have your doctor look it over. You may have arthritis and that will cause the swelling and tightness. It could be that the ligaments and tendons are scarred and will need a little pt. ...Read more

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How can solve the problem of shoes that are too tight?

How can solve the problem of shoes that are too tight?

New shoes: Look for shoes that provide for more room in the toes. This might involve looking at new brands or styles. If it is still a problem, see a podiatrist to see what foot deformities that might make a good shoe fit difficult. ...Read more

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What happens if someone wrapped your ACE bandage too tight?

What happens if someone wrapped your ACE bandage too tight?

Circulation can be: ...Compromised. If it hurts and/or feels too tight, loosen it. ...Read more

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Can tight pants be the cause of constipation? Whenever its too tight my insides hurt.

Cause=No: If you are constipated, the colon is loaded with stool, but due to its elastic nature, it has accommodated to the stretching of it already. Increasing abdominal pressure with constricting pants pushes its elasticity over the edge and now it will cause pain from the increased stretch on the wall of the colon-hopefully prompting you to take measures to evacuate it! ...Read more

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Hi, I wear a neoprene sleeve while working out, if on too tight can it damage your elbows.?

Hi, I wear a neoprene sleeve while working out, if on too tight can it damage your elbows.?

Yes and no: I don't think that wearing a neoprene sleeve over your elbow that is " too tight" will damage the bones that make up the elbow joint in any way. But it is not good for some of the soft tissues that pass through that area. For example, there are 3 main nerves that run through the elbow area and compression can lead to what is known as a peripheral nerve entrapment syndrome, cubital tumn syndrome ...Read more

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My boyfriend has a spot under his foreskin, but he can't pull it back as it is too tight and sensitive, what should he do?

My boyfriend has a spot under his foreskin, but he can't pull it back as it is too tight and sensitive, what should he do?

Phimosis: He should see urologist; may need surgery to prevent compromised blood supply to glans (head) if foreskin gets caught behind glans & can't be moved forward again (condition called paraphimosis). ...Read more

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Sex feels like a splitting pain when he enters and when he fingers me it just feels like he's scratching me. Am I too tight? Why won't I expand?

Sex feels like a splitting pain when he enters and when he fingers me it just feels like he's scratching me. Am I too tight? Why won't I expand?

Foreplay-mandatory: I suggest several helpful hints:
1- spend 15-20 minutes on extended foreplay until you and your partner are wet. Sexual mucous and fluids can act as a lubricants.
2- communicate: let him know where and how to touch you
3- frequent changes in sexual positions until you find the ones that feel the best. He will think that you are a queen and you won't be asking dosctors.
4- sex should be fun! ...Read more

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I have anal pain, when I'm on the toilet and when I'm not. It's almost as if the hole is too tight and I get spasms. I feel like I can't wipe properly?

I have anal pain, when I'm on the toilet and when I'm not. It's almost as if the hole is too tight and I get spasms. I feel like I can't wipe properly?

Proctalgia: Spasm due to irritation, inflammation, manipulation or anal sex. No matter what, you will need to see a physician for a full rectal exam and anoscopy (mafnified view of the rectum). Certainly internal hemorrrhoids, fissures, fistulas etc cuts must be evaluated. ...Read more

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What does this mean if his penis hurts? Too tight

What does this mean if his penis hurts? Too tight

Perhaps...: I'm presuming the asker if a female who is asking if her vaginal wall can become too tight, causing pain in the penis during intercourse. If yes, the answer is yes. In fact the vaginal wall, made up mostly of muscle can contract so hard, that it them goes into spasm, clamping down on the inserted penis. You both, attached, have to go the emergency room! ...Read more

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I have a lot of stretch marks on my breasts. What can this be from is my bra too tight or what is it?

I have a lot of stretch marks on my breasts. What can this be from is my bra too tight or what is it?

The stretch marks: Are likely due to expansion of the breast (with tearing of tissues). Doubt that a too tight bra is the cause. However, it is not healthy to wear a bra that is too tight. Up to 85% of american women are wearing incorrect bra size. Encourage you to take care of your breasts by going to a bra specialty store for a professional fitting ; help w design selection. You will also be taught how to properly. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to loosen the walls of your vagina? Sometimes my boyfriend says I'm too tight in certain positions.

Is there anyway to loosen the walls of your vagina? Sometimes my boyfriend says I'm too tight in certain positions.

Time: The vaginal walls will loosen with age, continued intercourse, and or childbirth. In the meantime, your could use vaginal dilators to dilate the vagina or avoid those positions that are uncomfortable (i suggest the latter). In about 20-25 years, you are probably going to be asking exactly the opposite question! ...Read more

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What do I do if my 1.5 yr old sons foreskin won't retract? It seems too tight when I pull it back to clean it. It only retracts a little bit.

See below: The foreskin covering glans penis does not become fully retractable until age 4 in most boys. Until then, gently retract the foreskin to clean. Forceful retraction may create severe swelling of foreskin by interrupting circulation. ...Read more

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I've had a headache for the past 24 hours it feels like k have a helmet that's too tight. It started yesterday after I had an episode of anger.?

I've had a headache for the past 24 hours it feels like k have a helmet that's too tight. It started yesterday after I had an episode of anger.?

Tension headache: Your headache described as tightness, and your history of a preceding anger episode point to tension headache. Treatment can vary from taking a long walk, to taking OTC acetaminophen or NSAID, talking with a trusted person about the anger and underlying issues, or sleep. See your clinician if further questions or the headache persists or worsens. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a crown be too tight?

Yes and no: If a crown is placed with the contacts "too tight" it can make the teeth around the new crown feel "tight". This is usually self limiting, and will likely mitigate in a few days. If you find you cannot floss, then seek treatment asap. ...Read more

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If I wear my watch too tight, can it restrict bloodflow?

If I wear my watch too tight, can it restrict bloodflow?

Sure you can...: Tight watch, ruberband/wrist-sport bands or anything too tight around the wrist can restrict blood flow--first the veins. If the veins on back of hands bulge out/larger with your tight watch, then it is restricting veinous blood flow. Further tightening can reduce arterial flow but this will be quite uncomfortable/painful if prolonged. So, loosen it up a bit. Good luck. ...Read more

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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