Although very small, the Lisfranc joint, located between the forefoot and mid-foot is a crucial bone in our feet. Should this joint, bone or surrounding ligaments become injured or dislocated serious problems can occur and can almost always only be corrected through surgical procedures.
Symptoms of Lisfranc Injuries:
A Lisfranc injury is often confused with a sprain. Bruising or blistering of the arch of the foot are typical symptoms of the Lisfranc injury, as well as swelling, inability to beat weight, and the midfoot may become painful to the touch. If any of these symptoms in the mid-foot a trip to the doctors or podiatrist is in order.
Diagnostic Procedure of Lisfranc Injuries:
In order to see if this injury has occurred in your foot, you’ll need to be x-rayed by your local podiatrist. Make sure you emphasize how your foot feels because the tiny fractures in the bones of a Lisfranc injury are often difficult to notice through an xray. Ask your doctor to xray both feet so you can compare the two images.
Severity of a Lisfranc Injury:
Out of all the injuries that can occur in the feet, a Lisfranc injury is one of the more serious, seeing as the treatment for it is typically surgical. Doctors will sometimes even take you in the emergency room for it. It is common to have your podiatrist treat the injury by securing the fractured or dislocated bones with internal screws or external pins.
Upon completion of the surgery, the injured foot will more likely be placed in a stiff cast for a few months. Watch out for a case of post-traumatic arthritis. You might need to visit a physical or occupational therapist after the fact to combat this side effect.
If you can’t make it to the doctors right away, you should examine your feet side by side so you will better be able to notice any swelling or discoloration and always keep pressure off the injured foot. Ice it and wrap it up to keep it safe for the time being, but your best bet is to visit your local podiatrist straight away.
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