Life after cast and rehabilitation starts as soon as the cast is removed! You will rejoice in washing the scaly dry skin from around your limb. Use moisturiser to help soften the skin and help to stretch it out.
Following removal of the cast, it is important to start moving the fingers, wrist and hand or toes, foot and ankle. Depending on where the cast was on, move this joint as early as possible. Rehabilitation can be done with a physiotherapist. Here is a list of exercises that should be carried out regularly. Begin gently and increase the amount and intensity of the exercises gradually.
Cold sensitivity or intolerance is common with a musculoskeletal injury, arthritis or amputation. It is not yet fully understood.
Many claim that the symptoms decrease over the years but this is varied. Exposed parts such as the hand or foot can be particularly sensitive. There is no fully effective treatment for these patients. However, current treatment methods involve medication, operations on the autonomic nervous system, biofeedback techniques, classic conditioning and autogenic training. Simple measures such as keeping the affected part warm can ease some of the symptoms- so don’t forget gloves and socks!.
TIPS – It is common for the limb to swell from time to time after coming out of the cast. Elevate the limb on some cushions to allow it to drain. Ice can also be used. Apply an icepack for 10 minutes 5-6 times per day. Continue to move the limb to maintain the circulation.