A broken foot may demonstrate obvious deformity, according to Mayo Clinic. Swelling and bruising are also common symptoms. Any foot pain that lasts more than two or three days warrants a visit to a physician for evaluation, even if the foot looks normal.
Other complications may accompany foot fractures, reports Mayo Clinic. Adequate treatment reduces the risk of infection, nerve injury or arthritis. Trauma to the foot can also cause damage to blood vessels, leading to compromised blood flow to the foot.
Treatment of foot fractures may involve splinting the injured foot and restricting weight-bearing until healing is complete. In some cases, surgical insertion of pins or plates may be necessary, says Mayo Clinic.