Lisfranc Injury

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Are you suffering from pain cause by your Lisfranc Injury? Here are some facts about this condition


What is a Lisfranc Injury?

A Lisfranc injury is an injury to the midfoot joint (tarsometatarsal joints). If you’re looking down at of your foot, you will feel the bony bumps in front of your ankle joint on top of your foot. The Lisfranc joint runs horizontal along those bony bumps and includes the total width of the foot. The Lisfranc joint is largely responsible for holding the height and shape of your arch, hence there are many joints (bones and ligaments) involved.  When a twisting motion is applied to this area (from a stumble or fall), it can break or dislocate these bones and/or sprain or tear the ligaments holding this joint together.

This is a very serious injury due to vital role the midfoot plays in any weight bearing activity.

Symptoms of Lisfranc Injury

It’s common for a Lisfranc injury to be mistaken for a minor sprain of the foot, especially since the injury can occur from a simple stumble and fall. However, this injury can not be walked off; it is a severe injury that can take months to heal and may require surgery.

Common signs and symptoms connected to the injury include:

  • Pain in your foot, particularly the midfoot. This may worsen when standing, walking or exercising.
  • Inability or marked difficulty in weight bearing.
  • Swelling on top of the foot that often spreads to toes and bottom of your foot.
  • Bruising may occur on the top and bottom of the foot in the arch area, however bruising does not always occur.
  • Numbness and tingling of midfoot and toes.
  • Abnormal widening of the midfoot.

Causes of Lisfranc Injury

The most common causes of Lisfranc midfoot injuries are:
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • slips and falls 
  • twisting sports (tennis, soccer, football, etc). 
Are any of these symptoms present to you?  One of  our podiatrist can assess your condition to determine what treatment options are best for you.
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-The Chelsea Clinic and Team


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