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Broken Leg (cont.)

Broken Leg Self-Care at Home

If an injury occurs and a fracture is suspected, remember the following:

  • Immobilize the leg as much as possible until help arrives.
  • Rest. Try to keep from aggravating the injury.
  • Apply an ice pack wrapped in a pillowcase or towel to decrease swelling.
  • If possible, keep the leg elevated with pillows or cushions to decrease swelling.
  • Often with a broken leg, an operation is necessary. For this reason, do not let someone with a broken leg eat or drink anything until seen by the doctor.

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