The symptoms of a broken foot are pain and an inability of the foot to bear the person's weight, says MedicineNet. The foot is also swollen, tender and bruised. The patient may even see a deformation of his foot.
People who have lost sensation in their feet because of neuropathy or other conditions might not feel pain from a broken foot, says MedicineNet. They are only aware of the swelling, bruising and foot deformity. Toddlers who have begun to walk may simply refuse to walk or stand up.
Most broken bones in the foot heal eventually, but bad breaks may need surgery, says MedicineNet. Lacerations caused by splintered bones are a medical emergency.