SIMON FRASER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SIMON FRASER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Broken leg. Legs of a woman, one broken, seen walking down a staircase using crutches for support. A plaster cast is seen on the woman's broken right leg. A cast is a rigid casing, usually applied to a limb to hold a broken bone or dislocated joint so that it will heal in the correct position. Plaster casts are made using bandages impregnated with plaster of Paris, which hardens after application. Plaster casts are removed using an electric saw that cuts through the cast but does not damage the skin.
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