Ben Roethlisberger Suffers Lisfranc Injury - Dr. John Schilero


NFL player Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a foot injury and had to be carted off the field. It was later confirmed that he suffered from a Lisfranc injury. He later underwent rehabilitation and missed some games during the season.

A Lisfranc injury occurs when a ligament or the joints of the middle foot are damaged or broken. This may be a result of an accident or from a simple fall. This injury can be mistaken as a sprain, and not obtaining proper treatment can lead to significant problems. The injury can range from mild to severe. Consult a podiatrist for any type of foot injury. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with chronic foot pain and other types of foot conditions.

The three types of Lisfranc Injury are:

  • Dislocations - when the bones are forced from its proper position
  • Sprains - the stretching of ligaments that causes instability
  • Fractures - broken bones in the Lisfranc joints

What are the symptoms of Lisfranc injury?

  • Swelling on top of the foot
  • Bruising
  • The foot is distorted
  • Putting weight on the foot is very painful
  • Widening of the foot
  • Coldness, numbness, and pain in the foot
  • Grey, blue, and black colors are appearing on your toenails

What are the causes of Lisfranc injury?

  • The injury may be a result of a slip and fall
  • Participation in contact sports
  • Past foot or ankle sprains
  • Twisting injury
  • Poor flexibility and strength
  • Direct trauma to the middle of the foot
  • Improper position of foot when landing

What are the treatment options?

If the ligaments or bones are not severely injured, a non-surgical treatment can be successful. If the bones or ligaments are seriously damaged, a surgery may be necessary to restore the anatomy of the foot.

Ice - with the use of an ice pack or an ice massage, apply ice on your injured foot every 2 to 3 hours that will stay for 15 minutes.

Medication - anti-inflammatory drugs can help to ease the pain. Use drugs prescribed by your doctor depending on your needs.

Contact your podiatrist for immediate help when the pain, tenderness, or swelling gets worse.

 How Lisfranc injury can be avoided? 

  • Wear equipment that fit and are properly padded
  • Before the activity, it is advised to do a warm up and stretch properly
  • Wear cleats or spikes to provide your toes extra protection
  • Maintaining physical fitness is a must
  • Protect your vulnerable toes with braces, high top athletic shoes, and elastic bandages. 

At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from chronic foot problems. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.