Causes Swelling In The Broken Leg And Uses A Cast?
Hello, my leg has been fractured and cast with a cast almost a week ago. But my feet are still swollen, so sometimes the cast I use feels cramped and uncomfortable. Sometimes I don’t feel swelling if my cast doesn’t feel cramped. Is that normal? I was worried because I could only see the doctor again in one week. Thanks.
Hello Diamond, thank you for the question.
In the condition of broken bones, there is bone tissue damage. Damage is also sometimes accompanied by damage to muscles, nerves, or blood vessels. All forms of tissue damage or death will cause an inflammatory reaction (inflammation). Inflammatory reactions arise because of damaged tissue, tissue cells and white blood cells will release various substances that function to clean up the remnants of dead and damaged tissue, to give new cells the opportunity to grow optimally. Various substances released by these cells will cause an inflammatory reaction, in the form of redness, swelling, and pain or itching.
You have just broken a bone, so it's only natural that your foot is currently experiencing an inflammatory process. Currently your body is trying to repair damaged tissue. Generally the inflammatory reaction will gradually disappear within a few weeks. In cases with extensive tissue damage, the inflammatory process will also last longer and be more extensive. You can help reduce swelling with a cold compress on the outside of the cast. Apply compresses regularly, several times a day. If the swelling feels itchy, do not put anything to scratch into the cast. Put your feet on a chair or padded with a pillow so that the backflow of blood from the feet is not obstructed. Movement of the toes that are open, this is important to help the blood flow back. If you experience severe pain accompanied by large swelling, then you should immediately contact a doctor.
Thus our answer, hopefully you are helped. Regards.