Lisfranc (Midfoot) Injury
Everything You Need to Know
Located in the middle of the foot, the Lisfranc joint is the point at which the metatarsal bones, which are the long bones that lead to the toes, attach to the tarsal bones (e.g., arch bones). Lisfranc injuries result if bones in the midfoot are broken or if ligaments that support the midfoot are torn. The severity of the injury can vary from simple to complex, involving many joints and bones in the midfoot.
A Lisfranc injury is often mistaken for a simple sprain, especially if the injury is a result of a straightforward twist and fall. However, injury to the Lisfranc joint is not something that should be simply “walked off.” It is a severe injury that may take many months to heal and may require surgery to treat.