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
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
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.