Lisfranc (Midfoot) Fracture

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Due to the common causes of Lisfranc fractures and the location of the pain, they are often mistaken for sprains. However, these fractures are more complex and can even be severe injuries in some cases. If you are experiencing any pain in your foot after a fall or accident, it’s important to see an expert podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

What is a Lisfranc Fracture?

Lisfranc fractures are characterized by broken bones or torn ligaments in the midfoot region, which is comprised of the Lisfranc ligament and the Lisfranc joint. This is where the arch, forefoot, and hindfoot connect.

There are multiple causes of a Lisfranc fracture, with one of the most common being a twisted foot during a fall. Another origin of this injury is landing on your feet after a high drop, which can result in serious damage to the midfoot.

Symptoms of a Lisfranc Fracture

  • Pain, especially when standing or walking
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising

You will typically notice bruising on the top or bottom of your foot. Bruising on the bottom is often a sign that you indeed have a Lisfranc fracture and not a sprain.

Treatment for a Lisfranc Fracture

There are three main options for Lisfranc fracture treatment, depending on the severity of the injury. The first is rest with intermittent ice application if it’s simply a mild injury. More moderate to severe injuries will require a cast for about six weeks, while some cases could require surgery.

There are three main options for Lisfranc fracture treatment, depending on the severity of the injury. The first is rest with intermittent ice application if it’s simply a mild injury. More moderate to severe injuries will require a cast for about six weeks, while some cases could require surgery.

Treatment for a Lisfranc Fracture

You will typically notice bruising on the top or bottom of your foot. Bruising on the bottom is often a sign that you indeed have a Lisfranc fracture and not a sprain.

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