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Lisfranc Fracture or Dislocation


Named after the French war surgeon who first described it, this condition ranges from minor (strained or torn ligaments) to major (dislocation or fracture). Find out why prompt medical intervention is necessary.

Causes & Triggers

  • High-impact injuries, such as high falls or car accidents
  • Twisting or falling while participating in football, soccer or similar sports

Signs & Symptoms

  • Bruising (top and bottom of foot)
  • Desire or need to use crutches for moving about
  • Pain (top of foot)
  • Persistent bruising on bottom of foot
  • Swelling (top of foot)
  • Worsening pain with walking or standing

Tips & Treatment

  • Seek immediate medical attention.
  • While common, this condition can be difficult to see on an X-ray and may be misdiagnosed as a sprain.
  • Improperly diagnosed or untreated Lisfranc fractures may cause serious complications.

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