Lisfranc Fractures

What is a Lisfranc Fracture?

The Lisfranc joint or tarsometatarsal joint refers to the region in the middle of the foot. It is a junction between the tarsal bones (bones in the foot arch) and metatarsal bones (five long bones in the foot). Lisfranc fractures can occur due to a fall from a height or a traumatic motor vehicle accident.

What are the Symptoms of Lisfranc Fractures?

A midfoot fracture is characterized by pain and inability to bear weight. The appearance of bruises and swelling on the bottom of the midfoot are commonly observed symptoms.

How are Lisfranc Fractures Diagnosed?

Your doctor will first examine the physical condition of the foot by inspection and palpation, then order X-rays, CT or MRI scans to obtain more information about your injury.

What is the Treatment for Lisfranc Fractures?

The early stages of injury can be treated with rest, application of ice, elevation of your foot, NSAIDs, and immobilization. The bones may be surgically aligned in the correct position and held with screws and pins, or a tarsometatarsal joint fusion may be recommended if all the nonsurgical procedures fail to show efficacy in treating the injury.

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons