The first thing to do when nursing a broken limb is to adjust it out into its natural, fully straightened position by placing pillows on both sides of the broken leg or arm. Your body starts the healing process immediately after the injury, regardless of its nature and severity, and adjusting the limb in its natural position will prevent misaligned healing.
Take two yard sticks, long enough to extend past the ankle and knee joint, and place them next to the broken leg on the outside of the pillows supporting your broken limb. Position the sticks where they extend beyond the nearest joint.
Wrap the self adhesive elastic bandage around the limb, pillows and the sticks. Wrap the bandage tight enough to hold the yard sticks (about three to four times around).
Apply an ice bag on the broken leg to alleviate pain. If you don’t have a gel pack, put two handfuls of ice in a plastic zipper bag and wrap it in a towel before application.