Conditions + Treatments

Broken Leg in Children

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Boston Children's Hospital provides expert diagnosis, treatment and care for every type and severity of broken leg in children. Read the information in the following pages to learn more about broken legs and fractures in children.

What is a broken leg?

A broken leg is also known as a leg fracture. Broken legs occur when there is a crack one of four bones in the leg: the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone) and fibula (calf bone).

There are different types of leg fractures in children, and they range in severity from a mild stress fracture to a severe open fracture (where the bone breaks through the skin). Broken legs can happen to people of all ages, but they are very common in children, especially those who are active. 

Lower extremity anatomy of the leg

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