A broken leg (leg fracture) is a break or crack in one of the bones in your leg. Ranging in severity from a simple stress fracture to an open fracture (where the bone breaks through the skin), a broken leg can occur in people of all ages.

Treatment of a broken leg depends on the location and severity of the injury. A severely broken leg may require surgery to implant devices into the broken bone to maintain proper alignment during healing. Other injuries may be treated with a cast or splint. In all cases, prompt diagnosis and treatment of a broken leg is critical to complete healing.

Jul. 07, 2011