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Doctor insights on: Types Of Casts For Fractures

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Please tell me what type of cast would you wear if you fractured your ulna about an inch or two from your elbow?

Please tell me what type of cast would you wear if you fractured your ulna about an inch or two from your elbow?

Ulna fracture: If midshaft or so called nightstick fracture may not need a cast. Fractures close
To the elbow may need a long arm cast but must
Be assessed for
Elbow function and stability and could need surgery if displaced Distal fractures and injuries to the drug need
Reduction and casting or surgery ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Fractured lateral malleolus type B, Had operation needed plate and 6 screws. 21 Healthy. Feels good 0 pain good movement. Heal time? When out of cast?

Fractured lateral malleolus type B, Had operation needed plate and 6 screws. 21 Healthy. Feels good 0 pain good movement. Heal time? When out of cast?

6 weeks bone healing: It takes 6 weeks for the fibula bone to heal. You may be transitioned out of a cast into a protective walking boot much sooner than that. I will routinely allow my patients to begin partial weight bearing in a boot at 3-4 weeks and begin full weight bearing by 6 weeks after surgery. Physical therapy can be initiated during this time period. It can take 6 months for your ankle to feel normal. ...Read more

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I got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or I would prefer cast?

I got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or I would prefer cast?

Ulnar gutter splint: Splint for 3-4 weeks okay if it immobilizes the joint above and below the fracture site. Your pcp or hand surgeon can ensure that you do not need manipulation and then will customize an ulnar gutter splint for you. ...Read more

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I fractured my hand (brawler's fracture) but do not want to have a cast because I need to type for work. What can I do?

I fractured my hand (brawler's fracture) but do not want to have a cast because I need to type for work. What can I do?

Boxer's fracture?: If you mean a boxer's fracture I'm sorry to tell you a cast may be your best bet sometimes these are operated on to fix the bone if can't be reduced but surgery is not usually done just to avoid a cast. ...Read more

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I'm online now. Type your question here. How long will I be in a air boot cast after a trimallelor fracture and surgery?

I'm online now. Type your question here. How long will I be in a air boot cast after a trimallelor fracture and surgery?

Cast: Likely anywhere from 6-8 weeks depending on the severity of the fracture and how well the surgery went. Your surgeon should be able to tell you what he/she expects for your particular case. Best wishes to you for fast healing. ...Read more

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Do I need a cast for my fractured my fibula?

Do I need a cast for my fractured my fibula?

Depends on location: Treatment of a fibular fracture depends on location of the fracture, any displacement and the presence or absence of any associated bone or soft tissue injury. Treatment may go from none to casting to possible surgery. An orthopedic surgeon can help you. ...Read more

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How long will a fractured wrist be in the cast?

How long will a fractured wrist be in the cast?

4-6 weeks: This depends on the fracture pattern and patient. Wrist fractures are commonly splinted for 7-10 days after injury to allow for swelling and then placed into a cast for 4 weeks. It is common to wear a removable brace for 2-4 weeks after the cast is removed. ...Read more

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How long do I think I will have a cast on from a fractured calcaneus?

How long do I think I will have a cast on from a fractured calcaneus?

All depends on how: It progresses based on X-rays. (bone usually heals in 6-8 weeks.) ...Read more

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Badly fractured calcaneus cast just got removed, how long before I can walk again?

Badly fractured calcaneus cast just got removed, how long before I can walk again?

Heel fracture: You will have to undergo about 4-8 weeks of physical therapy. You will be able to walk but might have some stiffness. With a severe calcaneus fracture you can develop arthritis. You even might need some bracing to help you walk. ...Read more

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Fractured left scaphoid 7 weeks... In a cast.... Increasing pain and lots of pressure in the cast the last 2 days. Can you recommend relief?

Fractured left scaphoid 7 weeks... In a cast.... Increasing pain and lots of pressure in the cast the last 2 days. Can you recommend relief?

Put a screw in it: I know it sounds more aggressive, but surgical care for a scaphoid fracture with the placement of a screw will likely provide you with a more definitive and successful outcome. A cast would be necessary for a very long time without surgery. If you are getting worse, get a new x-ray and see how it has changed. Surgery may be a better option for you. ...Read more

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I have been in a cast for 6 weeks for fractured scaphoid I fell and am in a lot of pain my cast comes off next week will I end up in another cast?

I have been in a cast for 6 weeks for fractured scaphoid I fell and am in a lot of pain my cast comes off next week will I end up in another cast?

It depends: It depends on the fracture location, displacement, and your health.

On average scaphoid fractures take 3 months to heal so it is likely you will be immobilized further. ...Read more

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I fractured my hamte bone and got my cast off yesterday I had the cast on for 4 weeks. He said I should be able tp practice in 2 weeks. Any thoughts?

I fractured my hamte bone and got my cast off yesterday I had the cast on for 4 weeks. He said I should be able tp practice in 2 weeks. Any thoughts?

Fracture care: Usually takes 4-6 weeks for bone to heal if you are young and healthy. Start range of motion exercise and pain should be your guide as to how much you can do.
Icing after activity to minimize the swelling helps control the pain and discomfort. ...Read more

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Fractured my fibula, will it fully heal with no cast?

It probably will...: But, the fibula is the "key" to ankle stability. Every fibular fracture should be evaluated and treated by a professional. See a doctor. ...Read more

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I fractured my 5th metacarpal how long will I need cast?

I fractured my 5th metacarpal how long will I need cast?

It depend: Were the located, in the proximal end, the shaft or the distal end and if displaced or not, simple fracture take about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Can a fractured foot heal without a cast?

Can a fractured foot heal without a cast?

Yes: It can heal but more than likely it will heal with extra bone formation. You might then have a bump in the area which may be problematic. Of course there is a good possibility of a painful nonunion where you would need a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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A fractured clavicle is treated with not cast?

A fractured clavicle is treated with not cast?

Clavicle fracture: Clavicle fractures are difficult to immobilize. They are not castes. We used to use figure of 8 harness, but results same using simple sling. And sling better tolerated. If displaced and shortened, surgery may be recommended, depending on patient and fracture "personality". ...Read more

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Do I need a cast for a fractured wrist if so what kind?

Depends: The type of cast depends on which bone or bones are fractures. An x-ray will best evaluate the fracture and your doctor will determine what type of cast is needed. ...Read more

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I fractured arm 7 weeks ago and still in a cast, should I saw it off?

Cast: No I recommend you see an orthopedist, get an x-ray and a proper cast saw can be used. ...Read more

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What will happen to the skin when a cast is put on for a fractured wrist?

Usually nothing: Sometimes you can get an allergic reaction
if the cast it too tight your distal extermity will turn blue

ask your doc who applied the cast. ...Read more

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What should I expect for a fractured elbow cast being removed after three weeks?

What should I expect for a fractured elbow cast being removed after three weeks?

Elbow fracture: You will likely be very stiff after cast is removed. Elbow range-of-motion exercises with a trained physical therapist is probably appropriate. Make sure you are compliant with your treating doctor's recommendations as he/she will customize your treatment based on the fracture pattern and healing. ...Read more

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After the remove of the cast on the fractured leg, it takes how long to walk again?

After the remove of the cast on the fractured leg, it takes how long to walk again?

ASK YOU RDOCTOR: Different injuries require different periods of immobilization and nonweight bearing. Generally, after 6-8 weeks of protection for a leg fracture you can begin weightbearing ina walking boot. It will take several weeks to regain normal gait patterns. You must ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What will happen if I take my cast off my fractured arm after 3 weeks and go back to work?

Potential problems: At three weeks the fracture has not healed. You could either rebreak the bone or the fracture could angulate, leading to difficultly with use of the arm. Trust your treating physician. ...Read more

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Might there be any new ways of treating and fixing fractures than using heavy plaster of paris casts?

Might there be any new ways of treating and fixing fractures than using heavy plaster of paris casts?

Need more info: Fractures can be treated by a variety of means and plaster of paris is rarely used now. Currently, fiberglass is more commonly used and is lighter. Also, specialized liners have been developed to allow for water proof casting. Additionally, for some fractures, surgery will allow for a more rapid recovery. ...Read more

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Are there any new ways of treating and fixing fractures besides using a heavy plaster of paris casts?

Of course: We have so many ways of fixing fractures, including lightweight casts, splints, and braces. We also have so many surgical techniques from invasive to minimally invasive. Now, it depends on the bone that is broken and the relative best way to restore form and function. ...Read more

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I began walking on my fractured leg on a cast after a week of cast, what effect will this have on the leg?

I began walking on my fractured leg on a cast after a week of cast, what effect will this have on the leg?

Cast: If you have a stable fracture then its not a problem. If you have an unstable fracture, walking on the cast can further displace the fracture ...Read more

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Have extreme pain after 8 weeks in a cast for a fractured scaphoid at the proximal pole hurts more now why?

Have extreme pain after 8 weeks in a cast for a fractured scaphoid at the proximal pole hurts more now why?

Scaphoid: A scaphoid fracture usually heals but there is an incidence of non union hand avascular necrosis. That needs to be monitored. If you rfracture is now healed fully and you are out of a acst rmember that after 8 weeks stiffness and tightness may alone caue pain. You are not used to making sudden movements. Often athritis change at the the stt joint can alos hurt with motion. Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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I fractured my olecranon almost 4 weeks ago and recent got my cast off, today I woke up and my wrist is a green color.

I fractured my olecranon almost 4 weeks ago and recent got my cast off, today I woke up and my wrist is a green color.

Varies: I would not hesitate to be seen, but the most common cause is some degree of bruising and hematoma that tracked down from your elbow to your wrist related to your fracture. ...Read more

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I fractured my hamate bone 4 weeks ago and just got my cast off. How long untill it feels normal again so I can go back to shooting in basketball?

Hamate fracture: It typically takes 8-12 weeks for a hamate fracture to heal completely, longer if you use nicotine products. 4 weeks of casting is recommended, followed by cast removal, range of motion and light strengthening exercises. It will take another 4-6 weeks for your motion and strength to return in the wrist. Would recommend against playing basketball until you have full motion and a pain-free wrist ...Read more

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Tip of lateral malleolus fractured. One dr. Recomends 4 week cast and the other dr. Recomends surgery. Confused. I am in a semi cast due to the swelli?

Ankle fractures: Some patterns do well with casting some do not
Basically it become more about the alignment of the ankle joint if the tibio talar joint is aligned and maintained then no surgery is recommended if the bone is nondisplaced and doesn't invlove the ankle joint e.g. Tip of fibula if the tibio talar joint is displaced then anatomic reduction is attempted to prevent ankle arthritis late hope this helps ...Read more

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What to do if I have fractured foot, do I need a cast?

It depends: Some fractures of the foot can be treated with a rigid surgical shoe or walking boot. But depending on the bone, location, and severity of the fracture, you may need a cast and crutches. Some fractures may require surgery. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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I spiral fractured my 5th metecarpal. Everything is aligned properly therefore didn't require pins and only a cast. Its been 5 weeks. How long typically?

I spiral fractured my 5th metecarpal. Everything is aligned properly therefore didn't require pins and only a cast. Its been 5 weeks. How long typically?

Metacarpal fracture: It depends where the fracture is. If it is close to the base then those r slow to heal (12-16 weeks) if it is mid shaft should be healed in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Where can I get a cast for a fractured elbow?

Where can I get a cast for a fractured elbow?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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