A 21 year old woman has increasing severe pain in her left leg. She had an undisplaced fracture of the midshaft of her left tibia 2 days ago which was treated conservatively with a plaster cast.
Her toes are warm and pulses are present.
Which is the most important immediate action?
- Elevate the limb
- Refer to orthopaedics
- Remove the plaster cast
- Replace the cast with increased padding
- Re-X-ray the fracture site
C. Remove the plaster cast
Diagnosis and management of compartment syndrome: