A broken foot is one of the most common types of fractures out there, and every emergency room sees thousands of these every year that happen because of a variety of different causes; you’re likely to have a broken rather than a fractured foot where you notice that symptoms like bruising, pain and swelling get worse rather than better, and you’re also likely to experience a loss of feeling or movement together with this, although movement range is limited rather than completely immovable.
Having a broken foot is the kind of injury that means a trip straight to the emergency room to have the fracture x-rayed and set in place – and not seeing your doctor, in this case, can mean that the injury sets in the wrong place, leading to deformities of the foot and further injuries down the line.
Here are 8 of the most common causes of a broken foot.
1. Car Accidents
Car accidents happen at a rate of thousands per year, and they can be one of the most common causes out there for fractures, breaks and other injuries – which can very often include a broken foot. Usually, a broken foot is caused by any kind of severe impact on the foot which transfers enough force to break or fracture a bone, and there are many car accidents that fit this description perfectly.
If you have been in a minor or major car accident and notice bruising, pain or swelling that doesn’t appear to go down, visit your doctor – yes, even in cases where you feel that it might be a sprain rather than a break, since it’s very common for actual breaks to be missed and misdiagnosed in this way.
Pedestrians also commonly develop this injury after accidents, particularly due to direct impact where, for example, a wheel drives over the foot.