What symptoms did you experience when you broke your foot?
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What are the symptoms of a broken foot?
Broken bones are painful, especially with weight bearing, causing the person
to limp. Pain and limping are the most common symptoms
that will prompt a
person to seek medical care. Swelling, bruising, and tenderness are the other
common symptoms. Because the body tries to protect itself, walking may be too
painful or the patient will present with a limp. If the bones are significantly
displaced (the bone alignment has been lost or there is an associated
joint dislocation) a deformity of the foot may be apparent.
People with altered pain sensation due to
neuropathy (persons with diabetes are a classic example), pain may not be
present, and the fracture may be missed initially. This may also
occur in patients with spinal cord injury.
Bruising, swelling, and deformity may be the only clues
to a potential fracture.
Infants and toddlers may ignore the pain of injury and when they see a health care professional,
they may refuse to bear weight on their
leg. The child may sit
comfortably on the parent's lap without complaint until asked or made to stand.