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Forty cases of fracture shaft femur were treated by early skeletal traction followed by the application of functional thigh brace made of low density polyethylene and moulded individually for each patient. The patients were allowed to walk gradually with the help of crutches. For proximal fractures, the classical brace was modified by adding a pelvic band and hip hinge in 20 degrees valgus to avoid varus angulation. Average period of skeletal traction was 34 days and union occurred on an average at 15.2 weeks. None of the patients had less than 90 degrees of knee movements at the end of treatment and the overall results were good in 82 percent cases. The polyethylene functional brace was light in weight, adjustable (can be loosened or tightened), washable, removable for personal hygiene and was economical as well.