Foot Sprains/Lisfranc Injury 2016-10-12T12:39:56+00:00

Foot Sprains/Lisfranc Injury

foot sprains Lisfranc Injury Blacksburg, VA

Comprehensive Care for Foot and Ankle Injuries

A foot sprain occurs when the ligaments, which connect the bones together, tear or stretch beyond their capacity. A Lisfranc injury involves the joints and/or ligaments of the middle of the foot. This injury can result from a major accident or a simple slip-and-fall. Sometimes this injury can be mistaken for a sprain. If you do not obtain a proper diagnosis and treatment, a Lisfranc injury can sometimes lead to more significant problems. The degree of injury can range from mild to severe.

Symptoms of Lisfranc Injury

A common symptom of a Lisfranc injury is swelling and pain on the top of the foot. Bruising is also common, and bruising on the bottom of the foot is an indication that this injury has occurred. With a severe injury, the foot may be distorted and putting any weight on it may be very painful. With a mild injury, the foot may appear normal, and you may be able to put weight on it with only mild pain.

Treatment of Lisfranc Injury

A mild to moderate Lisfranc injury is treated much like a sprain. Rest, ice and elevation constitute the immediate first-aid measures you should take at home once this injury has occurred. If the injury is so painful that you cannot bear weight, however, it is important to seek the advice of a physician. At Sideline Orthopedics, Dr. Bart Eastwood has diagnosed and treated many Lisfranc injuries as well as foot sprains.

After proper diagnosis through examination and x-rays or other imaging modalities, the nonsurgical treatment  plan includes wearing a non-weightbearing cast for six weeks. You must be very conscientious about not putting weight on your injured foot during this period. Once this period is complete, treatment will progress to a weight-bearing removable cast boot or an orthotic, a device molded to fit in your shoe which splints the Lisfranc joint and reduces instability in the midfoot region.

Sideline Orthopedics will follow up with you regularly and take additional x-rays to make sure your foot is healing well. In the course of your follow-up visits, if any evidence indicates that the bones in the injured joint have moved, then surgery may be needed to put the bones back in place.

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