Do you have any of the following symptoms that require emergency treatment? Call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
- Signs of shock occur:
- Severe bleeding does not slow during the first 15 minutes of steady direct pressure.
- Partial or complete amputation of an extremity occurs.
- Pieces of bone are visible in a wound or a bone is sticking through the skin. Do not try to push the bone back into the skin. Cover the area with a clean bandage.
- Your leg is suddenly pale, white, blue, or cold after an injury.
- Your leg is completely numb.
Check Your Symptoms
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, click on the "Yes" in front of the question for information about how soon to see a health professional.
Review health risks that may increase the seriousness of your symptoms.
If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.
- Bleeding: Go to the topic Cuts or Puncture Wounds.
- A burn on a leg: Go to the topic Burns or Sunburns.
- An injured joint: Go to the Check Your Symptoms section of the topic that most closely describes the area of your injury for a more complete evaluation.
After having a brace, cast, or splint applied, be sure to follow your health professional's instructions. If you develop a problem or have a concern, call your health professional. For more information, see first aid for a cast or splint.