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Symptoms

If you have fractured the shaft of your femur, your symptoms may include:

  • Pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising in your thigh

  • Inability to bear weight on your injured leg

  • Inability to move your hip or knee on the affected side

  • Visible portions of the fractured bone, if the fracture causes a break in the skin

If you have fractured the shaft of your tibia, or both your tibia and fibula, you may see:

  • Pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising in your lower leg

  • Deformity in the shape of your lower leg

  • An abnormal alignment or positioning of your foot on the affected side

  • Visible portions of the fractured bone, if the fracture causes a break in the skin

A fibula fracture that occurs alone usually causes:

  • Localized swelling and tenderness at the fracture site, along the outside of the lower leg

  • Pain at the outside of the lower leg that becomes worse when you walk

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