A leg fracture is a break or crack in the bone of the upper leg or a break in one or both of the bones in the lower leg. The break may be just a bend or small crack in the bone, or the bone may break into pieces or shatter. Some fractures may stick out through the skin.
The bone in the upper leg is called the femur. The bones in the lower leg are called the tibia and fibula.
A leg fracture is usually caused by a fall or direct hit to the leg. Sometimes it can happen from overuse, such as during sports where you run or jump for long periods of time. This type of fracture is called a stress fracture. A fracture may also be the result of a medical condition that causes weak or brittle bones.
Symptoms may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and how the injury happened. Your provider will examine your child. Tests may include:
The treatment depends on the type of fracture.
With treatment, the fracture may take up to 4 months to heal. Your child may need to do special exercises to help the leg get stronger and more flexible. Ask your child’s healthcare provider about this.
Follow the full course of treatment your child’s healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
Most broken legs are caused by accidents that are not easy to prevent. However, here are some things that can help prevent leg injuries: