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

Treatment

  • DRSABCD
  • 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

Remember:

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


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