The Lisfranc ligament is a tough band of tissue that joins the metatarsal bones (long bones that lead up to the toes) and the tarsal bones (bones in the arch) at the Lisfranc joint. This ligament is important for maintaining proper alignment and strength of the joint.
There are three types of Lisfranc injuries, which sometimes occur together:
Injuries to the Lisfranc joint most commonly occur in car accidents, military activities, contact sports, or small accidents such as missing a step on a staircase. A lisfranc injury occurs as a result of direct or indirect forces exerted on the foot. A direct force often involves something heavy falling on the foot. Indirect force commonly involves twisting the foot.
Symptoms of a Lisfranc injury may include:
Lisfranc injuries are sometimes mistaken for ankle sprains, making the diagnostic process very important. To arrive at a diagnosis, your doctor will determine how the injury occurred and examine the foot to determine the severity of the injury. X-rays and other imaging studies may be necessary to fully evaluate the extent of your injury. Your doctor may perform an additional examination while you are under anesthesia to further evaluate any fractures or weakening of the joint and surrounding bones.
Certain types of Lisfranc injuries may require surgery. Your doctor will determine the type of procedure that is best suited for you.
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Regenerative Medicine Treatments
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