If your child has a leg fracture, it means there is a crack or break in one of bones of the leg. T...
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If your child has a leg fracture, it means there is a crack or break in one of bones of the leg. These bones include the femur in the upper leg, the tibia, or shin bone, and the fibula, or calf bone. If the fracture is at the growth plate near the ends of the bone, bone growth can be affected and may require special X-rays or other tests. Young bones are more flexible than an adult's, so a child's bone may crack or just buckle without a clear break instead of snapping like a dry stick. A leg fracture may be treated with casts, splints, a removable boot, or an air splint worn for 4 to 8 weeks. Surgery may be needed to straighten a broken bone that is crooked or broken into many pieces. Your child may need to use crutches for several weeks.