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Diagnosing a Lisfranc Fracture

Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Lisfranc fractures, occurring deep within the midfoot, present a diagnostic challenge due to their intricate location amidst a multitude of bones and tendons. Often misdiagnosed, these fractures result from either broken bones or torn ligaments supporting the midfoot structure. A Lisfranc fracture can range from mild muscle tears to complex fractures that involve multiple bones and joints. Lisfranc fractures are commonly mistaken for a simple foot sprain and can lead to prolonged pain and complications if left untreated. Low-energy incidents, like missteps or falls during routine activities, typically cause these fractures. High-energy traumas from elevated falls also can result in this type of injury. An accurate diagnosis of a Lisfranc fracture is challenging and requires a thorough evaluation by a podiatrist, using advanced imaging techniques. Proper treatment of Lisfranc fractures, ranging from conservative measures to surgical intervention, is essential for optimal recovery, as ignoring the injury or attempting to walk it off can worsen damage and prolong healing time. If you are experiencing severe pain in the midfoot area, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for a complete exam and diagnosis.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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