Lisfranc Fracture: More Common than You Might Think

Lisfranc Injuries are painful because your feet have to be able to sustain your entire body weight.Texas Longhorns’ senior defensive tackle Desmond Jackson had an early exit to his 2014 season when he suffered a Lisfranc injury playing against UCLA, but he is back on the field for this year’s team. Whether football fans here in Austin root for UT or any of the other collegiate teams in Texas, one of the last things they want to hear is that a favorite player is going to miss action due to a Lisfranc fracture. This midfoot injury sounds pretty serious, and few people understand what it entails.


When you think about joints in your foot, the ankles and toes are likely the first ones to come to mind, but there is also the area where the long metatarsal bones and the tarsals connect. This is known as the Lisfranc joint complex. The complex is comprised of not only the associated bones, but also a tough band of tissue called the Lisfranc ligament that connects them and provides strength to the joint.


There are three type of midfoot injuries that someone can experience – sprains, dislocations, and fractures. In the case of a Lisfranc fracture, the patient has generally suffered from either a break of one of the bones making up the complex, or an avulsion fracture where a small piece of bone has been torn off.


In addition to football, other causes behind these fractures and injuries include running, automobile accidents, horseback riding, or even landing hard from simply misjudging a step on a staircase.


When you experience any of the symptoms commonly associated with Lisfranc fracture—a swollen and painful top of the foot, bruising on the top and bottom of the foot, and pain that becomes worse with walking or even standing—you will likely need the treatment that we provide at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists.


Our Austin, TX podiatry practice offers state-of-the-art care provided by the best foot doctors and surgeons around. Contact us through our online form or call (512) 328-8900 to schedule your appointment today.
Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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