Rest your limb (arm or leg) as much as possible. When you are resting, raise your limb above the level of your heart. You can prop it up on pillows, a chair, a footstool, or something else.
Do not place rings on your fingers or toes until your doctor tells you it is OK.
You will likely have some pain the first few days after getting a cast. Using an ice pack can help.
For pain, you can use ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn). You can buy these pain medicines at the store.
- If you have heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, or have had stomach ulcers or bleeding, talk with your doctor.
- Do not give aspirin to children.
You may also take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) for pain relief. If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor before using it.
Do not take more than the amount recommended on the bottle or by your doctor.
Your physician may prescribe a stronger medication if needed.