Once the cast is off, the skin appears mottled and may be covered with a yellowish crust composed of accumulated body oil and dead skin. The client usually sheds this residue in a few days. The leg will not look as it did prior to the cast but will regain the same shape and status as the other leg. There should be no bumps underneath the cast. The leg may be weak and stiff for some time after the cast is removed, not stronger.
The cast can be dented while it is damp. A dry plaster case is white and shiny. The cast will dry in 24 to 72 hours. A freshly applied cast should be exposed to circulating air to dry and should not be covered with clothing or bed linens or placed on plastic-coated mats or bedding.
• Provide support to the injured extremity.
• Position trapeze within the client’s reach.
• Instruct the client on isometric exercises for immobilized extremity.
• “Avoid bending forward when sitting in a chair.”
• “Use a raised toilet seat and high-seated chair.”