What is a Lisfranc Joint Injury?
The Lisfranc joint is located between the metatarsal bones (the long bones leading up to the toes) and the tarsal bones (located in the arch). Injuries to this joint can be caused by force to the foot, like a heavy object falling onto it, or twisting the foot. A Lisfranc joint injury is most commonly seen in athletes that play contact sports (like football), horseback riders, and runners.
The symptoms of a Lisfranc joint injury are similar to ankle sprains and include:
- Pain located in the midfoot when applying pressure
- Trouble bearing weight
- Bruising located on the top of the foot or the arch
- Widening of the foot