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Lisfranc: The midfoot injury with the odd name

Lisfranc: The midfoot injury with the odd name

Photo by ProActive Sports Rehab

A patient's foot injury receives ultrasound treatment.

Aside from playing in the NFL, there’s something else that professional athletes such as Matt Schaub, Ronnie Brown, Kevin Jones, Dwight Freeney, Darren McFadden, Santonio Holmes, Cedric Benson and Ryan Kalil all have in common. All have suffered from a midfoot ailment with a strange name — Lisfranc injury.
Lisfranc injuries occur when the metatarsal bones in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn. Such injuries are typically caused when excessive force is applied either directly or indirectly to the midfoot and are most commonly associated with traffic and industrial accidents or stepping into a pothole and twisting.
Individuals suffering from a Lisfranc injury may require surgery to correct the problem, according to Anthony Goode, PT, ATC, co-owner of ProActive Sports Rehab in Hamburg and Orchard Park. Those with a minor injury may be casted for six weeks, with regular activities resuming in approximately eight weeks. More severe Lisfranc injuries requiring surgery will require substantially more time before the patient can put weight on the repaired foot. The recovery period can run from three to six months.
Your first visit to a physical therapist after suffering a Lisfranc fracture will typically involve an initial assessment where your PT gathers information about your injury and then provides instruction on how to walk properly with the aid of a walker, crutches or cane.
After gathering information about your condition, your physical therapist will also prescribe the correct treatment for you to regain mobility. Treatment may include a variety of therapies such as heat, ice, electric stimulation, ultrasound, therapeutic exercises, gait training and manual therapy.
For more information on Lisfranc or other injuries requiring the services of a trained physical therapist, please contact ProActive Sports Rehab for a consultation. ProActive has offices at 4535 Southwestern Blvd. (Suites 805 and 806) in Hamburg and 240 Red Tail (Suites 3 and 4) in Orchard Park, in the Sterling Medical Park. They can be reached at 648-8700 (Hamburg) or 674-9600 (Orchard Park).
You can also visit or follow ProActive Sports Rehab on Facebook at for frequent updates.


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