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As a motorcyclist, you know that any slip-up on the road can seriously impact your life. For example, if you’re involved in an accident with another vehicle, you could suffer a variety of injuries.

A broken foot or ankle is extremely common in any type of motorcycle accident. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that you don’t have any protection between this part of your body and the road (and other vehicle).

There are many signs and symptoms of a broken foot or ankle, with these among the most common:

— Immediate pain that is often intense

— Pain that increases when you put pressure on your foot

— Bruising and swelling

— Tenderness

— Deformity, such as a bone sticking out of the side of your foot

— Difficulty taking even one step

In some cases, you may feel a “snap” when your bone actually breaks. In this case, you can probably be clear on the fact that you have suffered a broken bone.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should never wait to seek medical attention. Your medical team can run a variety of tests to diagnose all your injuries, including a broken foot or ankle.

Once your injuries are pinpointed, you can discuss treatment options with your doctor. For example, a broken foot may be treated with nothing more than a cast. However, depending on the severity, it may require surgery.

Since a motorcycle accident can turn your life upside down, forcing you to deal with a variety of medical ailments, you should learn more about the cause. If somebody else caused the accident, you may be in position to file a lawsuit with the idea of receiving compensation.

Source: Mayo Clinic, “Broken ankle/broken foot,” accessed April 14, 2017