Although not common, a Lisfranc injury can be very painful and require a long period of healing and rehabilitation.
Cleveland Browns Joel Bitonio knows this all too well. Early in the 2016 football season, the left guard broke his foot in what turned out to be a Lisfranc injury and missed the rest of the season after surgery. Bitonio is expected to be able to return for the 2017 season.
Lisfranc Injury Caused by Trauma
Lisfranc injuries are named after a doctor dating back to the Napoleonic Wars who first described the condition in 1815. With this type of injury, one or more of the metatarsal bones, which are the foot bones that attach to the toes, are fractured or become dislocated from the tarsus bones in the midfoot. Torn ligaments in the same region are also called a Lisfranc injury.
This injury is caused by trauma such as the type that athletes may experience while playing football, soccer, snowboarding or windsurfing. A Lisfranc injury may also be caused by other damage like falling from a height or if the foot is run over by a car.
Diagnosing and Treating a Lisfranc Injury
You will suspect that you have injured your foot in this way as it will be very painful and walking will be difficult. You’ll also notice:
- Bruising on both the bottom and top of the foot
- More pain when standing or walking
- Swelling on the top of the foot
If you or a family member experiences these symptoms, please visit us for an evaluation. We’ll carefully examine your foot and take x-rays right in our office to confirm the diagnosis of a Lisfranc injury.
If we don’t find any torn ligaments or fractures, we’ll recommend R.I.C.E. treatment: Rest your foot, apply Ice, Compress with an elastic bandage and Elevate. Weight-bearing activities should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
If we find more severe damage to your foot, we will discuss surgery with you. The goals of Lisfranc injury surgery are to realign the joint and return the broken bones to their proper position. After surgery, physical therapy can help to improve function and strengthen the foot.
Don’t Wait To Seek Treatment for Foot Pain
Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle pain of any kind and will be happy to meet with you for a comprehensive foot exam and evaluation. If you have any foot or ankle pain, please come in to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle for an examination – you can request an appointment via the website or call us at our Hudson office at 727 868-2128 or our Spring Hill office at 352 683-5799. Foot pain does not usually resolve itself on its own – please call us today to get relief.