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Catching the Lisfranc Injury

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In a city like Cincinnati, there are dozens of blink-and-its-gone events happening throughout the metro region every day. Concerts, comedy shows, speakers, performance arts, conventions. Although it’s impossible to do and see everything, there’s no shortage of can’t-miss events packing Cincy’s large, medium, and small venues every weekend.

You don’t want to miss a Lisfranc injury, either. These bones and joints in the middle of your foot support your arch and transfer your weight from back to front. When damaged by a twist, fall, or sudden impact, they can make standing and walking unbearable and can even lead to long-term consequences, such as chronic foot pain and arthritis.

Unfortunately, Lisfranc injuries are often missed or misdiagnosed. You may initially mistake a more serious injury for a simple sprain. Even an initial diagnosis from a medical professional inexperienced with foot conditions may not spot anything on an imaging test, especially if no weight-bearing radiograph is performed. That’s why it’s important to known the signs and symptoms of a Lisfranc injury in order to catch it early.

First, there will typically be an obvious initial injury, although it may be a seemingly minor one (such as a twist and fall). If there’s a lot of swelling and weight-bearing remains very painful or difficult even after several days to a week, an injury to the bones, joints, ligaments, and/or cartilage of the midfoot is a definite possibility.

Since damage to the Lisfranc complex affect the middle of the foot and the arch, you may notice particular foot pain and swelling on the top and bottom of your foot. Bruising and blistering of the arch, in particular, is a significant warning sign.

Don’t leave anything to chance—if you suspect a Lisfranc injury is possible, call Family Foot and Ankle Center at (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572 or schedule an appointment online. Let our dedicated team of foot and ankle experts evaluate your condition and put you on the best possible path to recovery.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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