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Treatment for your broken leg will depend on how bad the break is. Your doctor may have put your lower leg in a splint or a cast to allow it to heal or keep it stable until you see another doctor. It may take weeks or months for your leg to heal. You can help it heal with some care at home.
You heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don't smoke.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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