How to support a broken leg

To heal from a broken leg, you must remain off the leg and spend a few weeks relaxing while the bones grow back together. While relaxing for a few weeks sounds like a treat, missing work and the pain and restlessness complicate the process of recovery. One of the most important parts of recovery involves keeping your broken leg supported to promote progressive healing. While situations you face may not offer the best situations for supporting broken limbs, you must learn to get creative to speed your recovery time.

Stay off the leg as much as possible. Ask a few friends or relatives to volunteer time to stay with you as their schedule allows. Ask that volunteers assist you by bringing your meals to you and helping you up and down as you must go to the rest room or make other necessary moves through the house or outside the home.

Keep the cast on your leg. While a cast quickly becomes annoying, preventing you from sleep due to the inability to bend your leg and the inevitable itching under the cast, you must keep the cast on to hold your leg into place so that the bones heal.

Support your leg at a higher elevation than your body using a dining room or kitchen chair. The chair places your leg higher than your hips and, unlike pillows, offers constant support that does not flatten or allow you to roll to the side and off the support.

Create one central location for yourself. Locate your television in the same room you sleep and attempt to make only necessary trips such as trips to the rest rooms. Attempt to reschedule any outside-the-home obligations, such as meetings and practices, until you have healed completely. Choose a recliner, arm chair or adjustable bed to use as your daytime post and your bed. Keep your feet elevated with a second, hard chair or by elevating the bottom of the bed as you sleep and while you watch television or do other waking activities.


Maintain a positive attitude and refrain from any extraneous activities, even if you begin to feel well prematurely. You do not want to risk re-injury or prevent your broken leg from healing.

Things You'll Need

  • Volunteers
  • Dining or kitchen chair
  • Television
  • Stationary activities
  • Recliner or arm chair
  • Hospital or adjustable bed
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Penny Porter is a full-time professional writer and a contributor to "Kraze" magazine. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.