Elevating the affected body part can help someone with an open or compound fracture. If the body part has a cast (a solid mold around the body part made of plaster or fiberglass), you can help take care of the cast by keeping it dry in the shower with plastic bags sealed at the ends with tape or rubber bands. Redness and soreness can be treated with lotion and watch for a bad smell coming from the cast or if fever happens. These can be signs of infection.
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Jeanne Morrison, PhD, Family Medicine, answeredInstructions on caring for someone with an open fracture, on a daily basis, will be given to you from the doctor and staff.
Some examples of managing a fracture may include:
1. Keeping the fractured extremity elevated. A general rule for a
fractured lower extremity is to: “Keep the foot elevated above the
knee and the knee above the heart”.
2. Inform the doctor if the person has increased pain, swelling,
shortness of breath, changes in drainage at the site of injury, chills,
3. Provide the person with healthy meals. Since the person will be
taking pain medication and antibiotics, his/her appetite may be
decreased but it is still important to maintain good nutrition for the
wound to heal.
4. Assist the person in taking medications on time and as prescribed by
5. Assist the person to and from the doctor’s office for follow-up visits.