Lisfranc Fracture Dislocation
Your doctor will review your medical history and conduct an examination. You will be asked to move or position your foot so your doctor can see how it is functioning. Imaging studies such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are used to confirm the fracture location and identify dislocated bones.
Surgery is used to place dislocated bones in the correct position and stabilize fractures while they heal. Surgical hardware, such as pins, screws, or wires, are placed during surgery to hold the bones in alignment. You will wear a cast and use crutches for about six to eight weeks. After the surgical hardware is removed, you will wear a rigid walking brace or shoe. You may participate in physical therapy to regain the motion of your foot and ankle.
The treatment that you receive depends on the extent and severity of your injury. A combination of non-surgical treatments is used if the bones did not dislocate. A cast is placed on the foot to keep it in the proper position while fractures heal. During this time, you will need to keep weight off your foot and walk with crutches. When the cast is removed, physical therapists will teach you exercises to help you gain motion and strength.
Recovery is individualized and depends on the extent of your condition and the treatment that you received. It is common for arthritis to develop after a Lisfranc fracture, requiring additional treatment.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for keeping weight off your foot or refraining from certain activities while your fracture heals. You should perform your physical therapy exercises at home as instructed.
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