Recovering from a broken leg

You'll be given advice by your doctor about how much you should move your leg and when you can put weight on it.

It takes around six to eight weeks for a minor fracture to heal. You'll probably need to use crutches or a wheelchair during this time, until it's possible to put weight on the leg again. You'll be shown how to safely use any mobility equipment you're provided with.

More severe fractures can take between three and six months to fully heal. Some can take even longer.

The hospitalmayrecommend regular physiotherapy appointments to help you maintain or regain muscle strength, movement and flexibility. This will include specific exercises to do before and after the cast is removed.

Don't try to rush your recovery by returning to your normal activities too quickly, as the broken bone may not be fully healed even when the pain has gone. Follow the advice of your doctor, who'll probably recommend gradually increasing how much you use your leg over time.

You shouldn't drive while in a cast. Seek advice from your doctor about when you can drive again.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018