The knees and legs are under continuous strain from walking, moving, and bending. Because of this a leg injury may have an overwhelming effect on a bone fracture victim. Our legs are used to hold up our bodies and transport us near and far, and if the bones of one or both legs are fractured the victim may suffer great amounts of pain, and have a difficult time with their mobility.
The main bones in the leg, include the femur (longest bone in the human body), the fibula, the tibia (shin bone), and the patella (kneecap) which allow the body to bend and move at the hip, knee, and ankle. A common leg injury is a shin bone fracture. The tibia will be prone to bruising and other more serious injuries as the result of the lack of fat and muscle covering the bone. A tibia plateau fracture occurs when the top of the tibia is broken where it joins the knee cap. In addition to bones, the leg also depends on the cartilage in the knees to assist in movement. Cartilage may also be injured in a leg injury, as it may twist and cause severe pain.
Some of the numerous incidents which may cause leg fractures include sports injuries and trauma. Below are just a few signs of a fractured leg:
If a leg fracture is suspected the injured person should seek medical attention immediately and follow all of the doctor's orders, which may include elevating your leg, using crutches, and wearing a cast.