Caring for Broken Bones

How to use crutches, care for an injury in a cast, and when to call the doctor.

A cast or fixation device may be clunky and inconvenient, but with proper care, it’s often the most effective treatment for a fracture.

You also may need a walking aid, such as crutches or a cane, to get around as you recover. Learning how to use these items and care for your injured bone is important for proper healing.

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