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Tennessee Titans’ Jake Locker Suffers a Lisfranc Injury: What is that?

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Jake Locker, quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, suffered a serious injury, a Lisfranc injury, Sunday during the Titans’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The injury occurred during the second quarter of the game, which the Titans ended up losing 31-17, when Locker took a hit from a Jaguars’ linebacker.

It is probable that Locker will undergo surgery for the injury, and it is expected to keep him out of play for the rest of the season. Locker was placed on the injured reserve list on Tuesday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick took Locker’s place in Sunday’s game, and may replace him as the starter for the rest of the season.

After hearing this somber news, a question a lot of fans have been asking is: What exactly is a Lisfranc injury? And why is it so serious that it’s taking him out of play for the rest of the season?

A Lisfranc injury involves the Lisfranc joint, a joint located at the point where the metatarsal bones and the tarsal bones connect, and usually occurs with a twisting injury.

The Lisfranc joint takes its name from a surgeon in Napoleon’s army, Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin (shown above), who became well-known for his foot amputations and for studying the anatomy of the midfoot, where the Lisfranc joint is located. The surgeon saw Lisfranc injuries in soldiers when they would fall from their horses and get a foot stuck in the stirrup. He became skilled at performing amputations on these soldiers, and Lisfranc de St. Martin became the first person to document the injury in 1813.

This injury is most common among equestrians, like the soldiers Lisfranc de St. Martin operated on, football players, runners, and victims of automobile accidents.

Lisfranc injuries vary in severity, but these injuries can be complex and complications after Lisfranc injuries can, and often do, occur.

We wish Locker the best with his recovery, and hope to see him back on the field as soon as possible.

For more information on sports injuries or to set up an appointment with Neuhaus Foot & Ankle, contact us online or at (888) 713-0906.

Category: Common Sport Injuries


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