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What is the Lisfranc Joint?


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3/2/2013
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The Lisfranc joint is the point where the metatarsal bones and the tarsal bones in the foot connect. It is a tough band of tissue that joins the bones together.

Injuries to the Lisfranc joint most commonly occur in people who participate in contact sports, such as football, and in runners, automobile accident victims, military personnel and horseback riders. Injuries to joint occur due to direct or indirect force. An example of direct force is something heavy falling on the foot. An example of indirect force is when the foot is twisted, such as when a rider’s foot catches in the stirrup in a fall from a horse.

There are three types of Lisfranc injuries, sprains, fractures and dislocations.

Signs and symptoms of a Lisfranc injury may include:

  • Pain throughout the mid-foot when standing or when pressure is applied.
  • Swelling.
  • Inability to bear weight.
  • Bruising or blistering on the arch. Bruising may also occur on the top of the foot.
  • Abnormal widening of the foot.

If you have the symptoms of a Lisfranc injury, you should a doctor as soon as possible. If you cannot get to a doctor immediately, follow the R.I.C.E. method until you can (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.)

If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.



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