About Lisfranc Injuries

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is a Lisfranc Injury?

The midfoot is very important because it stabilizes the arch and evenly distributes calf muscle forces across the foot. The midfoot is made up of several bones and ligaments known as the Lisfranc complex or the Lisfranc joint. A Lisfranc injury is an injury to the Lisfranc joint. Injuries include bone fractures and/or ligament tears.

Common Causes:

  • A low-impact twist and fall
  • Direct trauma
  • Motor vehicle accident

Symptoms of a Lisfranc injury may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

A Lisfranc injury should be seen by an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) specialist as soon as possible. Delaying a diagnosis may make the injury and symptoms worse. An OPA specialist obtains an injury history, performs a physical examination, and orders and analyzes medical imaging studies to diagnosis a Lisfranc injury. Non-weight bearing and weight bearing x-rays show midfoot bones. An MRI shows midfoot bones and ligaments. After the location and severity of the injury are determined, a customized treatment plan is prescribed.


Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat mild to moderate Lisfranc injuries:

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation decrease pain and swelling

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.


A cast, splint, or removable boot immobilizes the foot so fractured bones and/or torn ligaments can heal

Surgical treatment may be recommended to treat severe Lisfranc injuries. An open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure uses a plate and screws to put fractured bones and ligaments together. In some cases, a fusion procedure may be used to fuse bones—limiting movement but stopping the pain.

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship-Trained Foot and Ankle specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating Lisfranc injuries. If you sustain an injury, please contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located Anchorage and Wasilla, AK offices.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Foot & Ankle Team

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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Eugene Chang, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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