Leg Fracture


Signs And Symptoms Of A Broken Leg


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Types Of Leg Fractures

  • Pain around the injury site
  • Not able to move normally
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Deformity

There are three forms of deformity

  1. Shortening – The injured leg appears to be shorter than the unaffected leg
  2. Rotation – The limb is twisted below the break
  3. Angulation – The leg is at an angle from the site of the break


  • Control any bleeding
  • Do not try to straighten the limb, or put it back into place
  • Immobilize the fracture using a splint and broad bandages
  • Use a firm, rigid splint
  • Place padding between the splint and the limb
  • Secure the splint above and below the fracture with bandages
  • Do not bandage too tightly. If the fingers or toes look pale, feel cold or become numb, loosen the bandage


Some fractures are very obvious, especially those involving deformity, but other are very difficult to diagnose without an ex-ray.

In some of the smaller breaks it can be very difficult to distinguish a fracture from a sprain or strain; this is quite common in injuries involving the smaller bones around the feet and ankles.


When To Seek Professional Medical Care

  • The person experiences pain when they walk
  • There is pain when you touch the bony parts of your leg
  • You have any concerns at all about the injury