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Doctor insights on: Waterproof Casts For Broken Bones

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Could you tell me what are casts for broken bones made of?

Could you tell me what are casts for broken bones made of?

Fiberglass: Most these days are fiberglass. Plaster of paris is still used by some. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Fiberglass is "waterproof" (but one has to use a hairdryer to drive the water out to avoid skin irritation). Plaster tends to be less expensive and easier to mold, but has to be kept dry. ...Read more

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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Do they always put casts on broken bones or only in serious cases?

Do they always put casts on broken bones or only in serious cases?

Not always: Not always, but pretty commonly. Most fractured bones need some type of immobilization to prevent further displacement, but there are some that we don't use a cast such as fractures of the: clavicle, scapula, proximal humerus, and some finger fractures. Good question! ...Read more

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Which methods are there to fix broken bones aside from cast, orif and oref?

Which methods are there to fix broken bones aside from cast, orif and oref?

Besides the ones U -: Mentioned (casts, ; orif); there is intra medullary nailing (imn) or commonly called rodding a bone. This is one of the most common method of fixing a bone with excellent results. Some bones, which form a joint, if broken with associated arthritis of a severe degree, can be treated with a joint replacement as well, like the hip or knee replacements. ...Read more

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3rd and 4th metacarpals broken. Have 1 screw for each of the broken bones. They used volar slab as a cast. It is possible to use ulnar gutter slab?

3rd and 4th metacarpals broken. Have 1 screw for each of the broken bones. They used volar slab as a cast. It is possible to use ulnar gutter slab?

Hand fracture: Yes as long as the third and fourth metacarpals are protected an ulnar gutter splint would be fine and may be more comfortable ...Read more

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Is there a cast designed specifically for a fracture of the? Fibula bone?

Is there a cast designed specifically for a fracture of the? Fibula bone?

Yes: Short leg cast either weight bearing or non weight bearing. Now a pre fabricated cam walker is often used. ...Read more

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Even though I have a non displaced hook of the hamate bone fracture, it happened over a month ago, should I cast it or have it excised?

Even though I have a non displaced hook of the hamate bone fracture, it happened over a month ago, should I cast it or have it excised?

Very high rate of..: ...nonunion. B sure U R Cing a fellowship trained hand surgeon. He/she can best advise U. I have seen them usually in baseball catchers, or from a fall onto like a small rock or similar object. ...Read more

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Is it possible to walk with 5th matatersal fracture while the bone is still broken? After 5weeks in cast the bone is still broken. How long it takes?

Is it possible to walk with 5th matatersal fracture while the bone is still broken? After 5weeks in cast the bone is still broken. How long it takes?

It's possible: To walk on it but that might not be the smartest thing to so as you could make it worse. On average it takes 6-8 weeks for one to heal. You need to follow your doctors direction. You also don't state if the fracture is a homes fracture or intraarticular fracture, if it was displaced or not, these are all important things to know. ...Read more

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How much time will I have a cast on for a navicular bone fracture?

How much time will I have a cast on for a navicular bone fracture?

6-8 weeks: Navicular fractures can be difficult. If not displaced and trerated only with cast immobilization then typically 6-8 weeks or until x-ray evidence shows progression towards healing. If however the fracture was surgically reduced and put together with screws then cast time may be reduced and range of motion of the joins around this started sooner ...Read more

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I had a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone (the base) 50 days ago, I put a cast for 45 days, I still have pain and my ex ray isn't good?

Hard Q: 5th metatarsal bone fracture can be very simple, or a very complicated fracture... Without seeing the xray it is hard to answer your question. In general we think that fracture healing time should take about 6 weeks. If you are not significantly improved by that time, something is not quite right... Talk to your doctor about the options and/or seek a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Its been four weeks I have been in a cast, I have 5th metatarsal bone fracture. I want to remove it before time there is a temporary solution.?

Its been four weeks I have been in a cast, I have 5th metatarsal bone fracture. I want to remove it before time there is a temporary solution.?

No: 5th metatarsal fractures generally take 6-8 wks to heal. Follow your physicians advice. There really are no shortcuts in fracture healing; additionally some 5th metatarsal fractures ("jones fx.") have a propensity for non- union (fracture does not heal)... Not sure if you have the more common 'base' of 5th mt fx. But follow your md's advice. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have a tibia bone fracture, I am with cast from 3 months. I would like to know how many days will it take to heal. Why is there a delay in recovery?

Bone: Takes approximately 5-8 weeks to heal. Smoking or low vitamin d levels can cause delay in bone healin as could motion between the bony fragments. Questions specific to your case should be directed to the doctor who is looking at your xrays as they are the only one who knows what is going on. ...Read more

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Will the bone doctor give me a cast if simple fracture?

Will the bone doctor give me a cast if simple fracture?

Same as Other Fractu: As with all fractures, it depends upon the problem. Even with involvement of the growth plate, immobilzation for some, surgical repair for others. The orthopedist knows what is best for the specific situation. ...Read more

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My 8 year old has a fracture if the neck of her humerus bone 2 days ago. It was splinted now, Can they cast this break? It isn't displaced.

Usually: Often with a long arm cast, and often applied at Orthopedic follow up visit (after 10-14 days). Usually worn for 6-8 weeks, depending on patient and nature of fracture. Can contact his Pediatrician for referral if not provided at first visit. ...Read more

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For my tib bone fracture without surgry is in cast from 40 days & my doctor advised to keep cast for another 5 wks, is it advised to keep cast so long?

May be necessary: Unfortunately a tibia fracture can easily take 2-3 months to heal
this would be based on severity of the fracture, your overall health, your age etc
actually you might be somewhat lucky as many tibia fractures require surgery to get
the best results.
In short the cast must be on until the fracture
is healed by xray evaluation. ...Read more

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Is 21 days cast right for navicular bone fracture of right foot?

Seems short: Seems short for that injury. Make sure xray shows healing. ...Read more

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My son plays baseball has a minor fracture in his 2nd metacarpal bone he's in a cast for 2 more weeks when can he start throwing again?

My son plays baseball has a minor fracture in his 2nd metacarpal bone he's in a cast for 2 more weeks when can he start throwing again?

Slow rehab: Please discuss his recovery with his orthopaedic surgeon. 3-6 weeks average. Slow and gradual return to activity and remember he has a long life ahead of him and needs to heal this completely before he resumes baseball activity. Sorry he is missing out but give him time to heal. Till then keep him active running, biking. See the AAOS. Org website. Good luck
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"comminuted fracture is seen within right medial cuniform bone with sliglhty displaced cortical bony fragment laterally do u think cast will heel up?

Probably: Fortunately the cuneiforms are pretty rigid with alot of soft tissue/capsular attachment that help form the midfoot. A cast should help to allow things to heal and ossify. This may predispose you to some midfoot pain/arthritis as you get older. A good arch support may help longterm. I'd let your orthopod determine if cast or boot or postop shoe is appropriate w/o seeing films. ...Read more

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My daughter falls and then she cannot straighten her arms but she can bend the doc said that the bone is ok no fracture and cast 4 days.

My daughter falls and then she cannot straighten her arms but she can bend the doc said that the bone is ok no fracture and cast 4 days.

Consider rechecking: It is not unusual to "nurse" an injury, by not bending or straightening out an arm after it's been injured. However, that should last only a few days. If your daughter is still not using her arm after then, you should consider having an xray, unless that was already done, to rule out a small fracture. (i am not sure what you meant by "cast 4 days" with "no fracture") so please repost if needed. ...Read more

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I have 5th metatarsal bone fracture of base of metatarsal. I have cast on for four weeks and suddenly some in my feet. Can someone tell me. Why pain?

I have 5th metatarsal bone fracture of base of metatarsal. I have cast on for four weeks and suddenly some in my feet. Can someone tell me. Why pain?

I have 5th metatarsa: Are you saying you have pain in the foot after 4 weeks of casting? Please call your doctor, have the cast removed and have the doctor examine your foot and re-take x-rays. To see how the fracture is healing. Hopefully you are not putting any pressure on this foot for this fracture to heal well. ...Read more

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I have to have a plate and bone graft on a delayed union weber b fracture how long will I be nwb for and how long will I be in cast, recovery time etc?

I have to have a plate and bone graft on a delayed union weber b fracture how long will I be nwb for and how long will I be in cast, recovery time etc?

Varies: Every surgeon and every patient are slightly different, but a general rule of thumb would be 3-6 weeks nwb, 6-10 total weeks in a cast or boot...As long as it all goes well. ...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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Ct scan"comminuted fracture is seen within right medial cuniform bone with sliglhty displaced cortical bony fragment laterally" surgery or cast? Why.

Ct scan"comminuted fracture is seen within right medial cuniform bone with sliglhty displaced cortical bony fragment laterally" surgery or cast? Why.

Orthopedic consult: Displaced cuneiform fractures often require an open reduction and internal fixation with screws. This is due to tarsometarsal joint instability. Additional important considerations include - intra-articular vs extra-articular and plane of the fracture. Isolated cuneiform fractures are rare and more likely to happen in association with metatarsal injuries. You need to consult an orthopedic surgeon! ...Read more

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Hi, 3 weeks ago I sprained my ankle. Well the first doctor who saw my xrays said that I had broken it but she said it was an odd break. Was put in a cast for a week. Then went back to the fracture clinic and the doctor told me that no bones were broken an

Incomplete question!: Your question cut off! Ask again, but you have only 150 characters, including punctuation and spaces. Reading x-rays depends on symptoms, experience, and the clinical picture and the quality of the film, as well as the amount of swelling. Docs who are not radiologists, tend to be more conservative and err on the side of caution on questionable changes that could be fractures but are iffy. ...Read more

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How should I address broken bones?

Orthopaedic eval: Broken bones can be addressed in many ways. Most fractures take about 6 wks to heal. Non-displaced fractures usually require immobilization. Displaced fractures require closed (manipulation) or open reduction (surgery). Fractures involving the joint surface often require surgical fixation. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...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