Your body is made up of tons of joints and ligaments that you would likely never know the name of unless you study medical science or happen to injure that particular area. One such joint is the Lisfranc, which connects your metatarsal bones (the long bones that run from your toes to the middle of your foot) to your tarsal bones (the bones in your foot’s arch). This is one of the lesser-known injuries, but it’s one we still see from time to time here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers.
Causes of Lisfranc Injury
The Lisfranc joint can be a dislocation, sprain, or break. This injury can occur in a number of ways:
- Sports injury
- Dropping a heavy item on your foot
- Overuse, such as running or jumping repeatedly
- Twisting your foot
It takes professional diagnostic work from a certified podiatrist to identify a Lisfranc injury. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, it is time to check in with a foot doctor:
- Pain in the middle of your foot, especially when standing
- Unable to bear weight on the painful foot
- Swelling or bruising in the arch or on the top of foot
- Widening of the foot
Your podiatrist will ask detailed questions about how the injury occurred in addition to a foot examination. They will likely take x-rays or use other imaging appliances to get a full picture of what’s going on inside your foot. Often, Lisfranc injuries are mistaken for ankle sprains, so an accurate diagnosis is a must.
Treating a Lisfranc Injury
Once the injury has been diagnosed as a Lisfranc injury, your foot doctor will work to determine the best course of treatment. The RICE method of treatment – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation of the affected area – will likely be implemented. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may also be given. For very serious injuries, surgical options will be discussed.
If you have sustained an injury to your foot or ankle, our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help. We provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!