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Aftercare long leg cast

Aftercare long leg cast

Mobilize the patient as early as possible.

For 3-7 days, until swelling subsides, the plaster is checked for slackness and adapted if required.

Oblique and spiral fractures are potentially unstable. Slight slipping of the fracture may be accepted, but if evidence of substantial displacement is found, internal fixation should be considered.

The long leg cast is normally applied for 6 weeks. After that it is changed to a Sarmiento or PTB (patella tendon bearing) cast.