What is a Lisfanc injury? 8/9

By Sports Medicine and Performance Center Staff
Posted: August 9, 2018 - 1:16 PM

A Lisfranc injury doesn’t get the attention of ACL tears or Tommy John surgery. The foot injury is one that can happen to athletes in many sports and education about the injury is important.

Bryan Vopat, MD, an orthopedic sports medicine physician at The University of Kansas Health System Sports Medicine and Performance Center, explains Lisfranc injuries. While it's a small part of the body, the injury can cause major problems for athletes.

Below is a Q&A Dr. Vopat did on Lisfranc injuries.

Q: First, what is a Lisfranc injury?

A: It's an injury to a ligament at the bottom of the foot. The anatomy of the foot is very complicated; it's similar to the complicated anatomy of the hand.

The best way to describe it is to think of a Roman arch. Every arch has a keystone in the center, which holds the arch in place. This injury damages that keystone and shifts the bones. If it's not treated properly, over time it can cause the entire arch to collapse.

Q: How does such an injury occur?

A: A Lisfranc injury can happen by landing on what we call the plantar flexed foot, which means that your toes are pointed downward. This can happen from jumping or even reaching back and hitting your foot at just the right angle.

Q: Who's at risk for a Lisfranc injury?

A: Really, any athlete in any sport. Football, basketball and volleyball players, as well as gymnasts and ballet dancers are at risk. Really, any time a person pushes off from their toes, this injury can occur.

Q: What are the symptoms and how do you diagnose the injury?

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