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What are the symptoms of a broken foot?

A broken foot is a common injury that can put you on the shelf for an extended period of time. You can suffer this injury when you least expect it, such as when walking on a construction site or getting up out of your seat at work.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of a broken foot:

  • Immediate pain and discomfort
  • Pain that increases when you put weight on the foot
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Deformity
  • Tender to the touch

Rather than give yourself time to rest, you should seek immediate medical attention if you have any reason to believe that you're dealing with a broken foot. If you don't, your injury is only going to worsen.

To go along with these symptoms of a broken foot, you need to realize that a variety of complications could come into play. These are often the result of ignoring the injury:

  • Bone infection
  • Blood vessel or nerve damage
  • Compartment syndrome

A broken foot is difficult enough to deal with. The last thing you want is to find that you are also faced with one of these dangerous complications.

If you suffer a broken foot or ankle on the job, you should inform your employer and receive immediate medical attention.

If your medical team suggests that you take time away from work, notify your supervisor and then learn more about filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits. You may find that you're able to receive compensation for your injury until you're able to return to work and once again earn your full salary.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Broken ankle/broken foot," accessed Jan. 11, 2018

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