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What is a lisfranc injury and how is it detected?

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Dr. Frank Kase
Podiatry

In brief: A severe foot sprain

In the midfoot between the 1st and 2nd metatarsal-cuneiform joints is the lisfranc ligament.
If it is severely injured, the metatarsals can move laterally and the midfoot becomes unstable. If the injury is mild, immobilization may be adequate. If severe, surgical repair produces the best result.

In brief: A severe foot sprain

In the midfoot between the 1st and 2nd metatarsal-cuneiform joints is the lisfranc ligament.
If it is severely injured, the metatarsals can move laterally and the midfoot becomes unstable. If the injury is mild, immobilization may be adequate. If severe, surgical repair produces the best result.
Dr. Frank Kase
Dr. Frank Kase
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Dr. Mark Galland
To answer the second part of the question: Lisfranc usually require a physical examination, x-ray (even weight bearing x-ray), and/ or MRI. (drmarkgalland.com)
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