The Lisfranc ligament is located in the foot and when torn, can cause issues for joints located in the middle of the foot and unsteadiness. Such issues associated with this type of injury include misaligning bones or dislocating the joints in the foot. Due to the seriousness of this injury, it’s best to treat it with care from the beginning to avoid complications from surgery, if needed. You can visit the Patient Education section of our site to learn more about how to care for your feet and ankles.
For those injuries that do not require surgery, treatment includes restricting activities that place great amounts of strain on the foot or the use of a cast. Surgery will however be required when there is a severe shift of joints. Surgical fusion of the joints may be necessary as well. Surgery will involve realigning the joints and screws will be utilized to hold bones in place. Post-surgery, the recovering foot should not bear any weight to preserve bone placement. The foot should also be elevated to reduce swelling and medications can be utilized for pain management. Footwear is also important after surgery as rigid shoes help with arch support and reduce strain on the middle of the foot. Physical therapy will help to make the foot strong and increase mobility.
Complications from this surgery can include swelling, peripheral vascular disease, infection or blood clots. However, there is also a nerve that is located in close proximity to where the surgical incision is made. If that nerve is injured during the procedure, there could also be numbness that slowly dissipates after a while. Moreover, arthritis may occur to the joints in the middle of the foot because of the cartilage in the area where the joints were initially injured.
Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can treat this injury and perform surgery when needed to repair your Lisfranc ligament. Please contact us online, call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more this condition.