Lisfranc injuries are commonly mistaken for simple sprains. Unfortunately, Lisfranc injuries are

much more severe and require a great deal of time and care for proper healing. For this reason, it

is critically important to work with a podiatrist that can make this important distinction. Our

Atlanta podiatrist provides comprehensive care using a combination of experience and advanced

technology to determine a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

What is a Lisfranc injury?

Named for Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin, a doctor who practiced in the 18th century, Lisfranc

refers to the mid region of the foot. Here, a cluster of small bones forms a base from which long

bones extend toward the toes. This bone structure is sturdy – it helps with stabilization during

walking – yet delicate. The most common cause of injury is a stumble or sports related twisted

fall.

Common symptoms of a Lisfranc injury include:

  • Swelling in the midfoot region.
  • Bruising on the bottom of the foot.
  • Pronounced pain with walking or weight bearing.

Lisfranc injuries are among the most commonly misdiagnosed emergency room injuries. If you

have been diagnosed and treated for a sprain but still experience pain, contact our Atlanta

podiatrist for a consultation. You may have a Lisfranc injury rather than a sprain. Lisfranc

injuries can be simple or complex. Simple injuries usually involve only a single joint or torn

ligament. These may be treated with a non-weight bearing cast. After several weeks recovery

may permit transition to a removable, weight bearing boot. More complex injuries, including

fractures and dislocations, or involving multiple joints often require surgery followed by a cast

and boot.

How we can help:

Proper treatment is essential for recovery from a Lisfranc injury. We will examine both feet to

determine the nature and extent of your injury. Our Atlanta podiatrist can perform a visual and

physical examination to find any bruising or tenderness; manipulate the heels and toes to locate

the source of your pain, compare feet and observe standing. Imaging may also be required.

At Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, our goal is to provide the best medical care

available. We will partner with you to determine the most appropriate treatment option for the

best possible recovery outcomes. It is very important to follow the treatment plan carefully and

share any concerns you have as the plan progresses. We are here to help.

Dr. Fui Dawson
Podiatrist in Marietta, GA, Dr. Fui Dawson, is a Harvard trained Foot & Ankle Specialist treating patients in Marietta, GA and in the surrounding communities. Our clinic, Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, offers treatment for all foot and ankle conditions.
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