When it comes to broken leg casts, there are
two general types that will be implemented, the long leg cast and the short leg
cast. Both types of leg casts will prove to have certain advantages and
disadvantages, though many may agree that the short leg cast is far more
comfortable than the long leg cast.
The short leg cast has the advantage of providing a wider range of mobility,
due to the fact that it will only cover the lower section of the leg, stopping
at the knee. This allows a person not only to be able to transport oneself much
easier, but it will provide for the added comfort of maintaining most of the
normal mechanics of the leg.
The long leg cast will surely restrict movement the most, demanding that the
leg remain straight throughout the healing process. This is due to the fact
that the long leg cast will cover the entire leg up to the hip. This will not
allow for the leg to bend and must remain rigid or stiff throughout the entire
process. However, the long leg cast will be the only cast that can properly
treat multiple fractures in one leg, as well as provide for the adequate
stability for the bones to heal.
Unfortunately, when it comes to either a long leg cast or short leg cast, the
decision will rarely be up to the patient, due to the fact that one cannot
necessarily control where a fracture will occur, which will dictate which kind
of cast will be used.