Injuries to the Lower Leg
The long bones, the knee and the foot are often injured during sports. There are two long bones in the lower leg. The tibia (shinbone) lies very close to the surface and if broken will often pierce the skin, causing an open fracture. The fibula lies behind the tibia. It is more difficult to break this bone and may not obviously affect the ability to walk. The knee is a complex joint vulnerable to fractures of the patella (kneecap), dislocation, strains and cartilage (tissue) injury. It is unusual to break just one bone in the foot - generally, multiple fractures of the small bones in the foot and the toes are caused by crush injuries.
Treating broken long bones
Treating a broken leg
A person with a broken leg is most likely to be transported to hospital by ambulance and the treatment in most settings is therefore limited to steady support and help with immobilisation.
Treating knee injuries
In addition to the normal signs and symptoms of bone and soft tissue injuries, there may be an obvious displacement of the kneecap or an inability to bend or straighten the leg.
Treating a broken foot
Take or send the injured person to hospital.
Do not give anything to eat or drink - the casualty may need a general anaesthetic in hospital.
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