How to Apply A Splint

Placing a splint is similar to a cast, but the plaster or fiberglass doesn’t cover the whole foot. First, apply a stockinette, seen in Fig 2A. Second, add soft padding to protect the, seen in Fig 2B. Third, find the appropriate plaster or fiberglass to cover the posterior leg and dip the plaster or fiberglass into lukewarm water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until its harden. At this time make sure the foot is at a 90 degree angle. Stay about 2 cm from the fibular head to avoid injury the nerve, as seen in Fig 2C. There are a couple of variations besides a Posterior Ankle Splint, such as a Half Splint or Sugar-Tong Splint, as seen in Fig 3.