Multiple fractures of the lower leg are often caused by high force trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident or a fall from a height. Osteoporosis, which weakens the bones, can also lead to multiple fractures of the lower leg.
The diagnosis of multiple fractures of the lower leg is typically made based on a physical exam, imaging tests such as x-rays, and possibly other tests such as a CT scan.
Other conditions that should be considered in the differential diagnosis include osteomyelitis, infection, compartment syndrome, and soft tissue injuries.
Treatment of multiple fractures of the lower leg typically involves immobilization of the leg in a cast or brace, and possibly surgery if the fractures are severe or unstable. Pain medications and physical therapy may also be used.
The prognosis for multiple fractures of the lower leg is generally good, but it may take several months for the fractures to heal completely. The patient may need to use crutches or a cane while the fractures are healing, and physical therapy may be necessary to regain strength and range of motion in the leg.