What to do

If you think you or someone else has broken their leg, go immediately to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department . Call 999 for an ambulance ifthe injuryseems severeor you're not able to get to A&E quickly.

While you make your way to A&E or wait foran ambulance:

  • avoid moving the injured leg as much as possible keep it straight and put a cushion or clothing underneath to support it
  • don't try to realign any bones that are out of place
  • cover any open wounds with a sterile dressing, a clean cloth or a clean item of clothing maintain direct pressure on the wound if itkeeps bleeding

If the person is pale, cold and sweaty (in shock), lie them down and carefully rest their legs above the level of their heart to improve their blood flow. When raising the broken leg, ensure it's kept straight and supported by a cushion. Keep them warm and calm until you can get medical help.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018