A broken leg can't always be prevented. But these basic tips may reduce your risk:

  • Build bone strength. Calcium-rich foods, such as milk, yogurt and cheese, can help build strong bones. A calcium or vitamin D supplement also may improve bone strength. Ask your doctor if these supplements are appropriate for you.
  • Wear proper athletic shoes. Choose the appropriate shoe for your favorite sports or activities. And replace athletic shoes regularly. Discard sneakers as soon as the tread or heel wears out or if the shoes are wearing unevenly.
  • Cross-train. Alternating activities can prevent stress fractures. Rotate running with swimming or biking.
Jul. 07, 2011