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What is a Lisfranc Injury?

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The term Lisfranc’s injury was named after a French surgeon called Jacques Lisfranc in the Napoleon era who in 1815 described a quick way of amputating the forefoot in soldiers in the war. His way was to cut through the tarsometarsal (TMT) joint in the midfoot and so avoid cutting through bone (Cain, Seligson 1981).

Today the term Lisfranc has been used to describe a wide spectrum of trauma, from high-energy accidents to lower-energy twisting injuries.

  • Tarsal cuneiform dislocation
  • The Lisfranc fracture is a fracture and dislocation of the joints in the midfoot, where a cluster of small bones forms an arch on top of the foot between the ankle and the toes. From this cluster, five long bones, the metatarsals, extend until the toes.
  • Tarsometatarsal Joint Sprain (Joe Godges , Robert Klingman)


Cain PR, Seligson D.  (1981) Lisfranc’s fracture dislocation with intercuneiform dislocation: presentation of two cases and a plan for treatment. Foot Ankle 1981; 2(3): 156-160

Joe Godges ,  Robert Klingman  Tarsometatarsal Joint Sprain ICD-9: 845.11 sprain of tarsometatarsal joint

Coming up: 

How we treat Lisfranc’s fractures at Therapyroom1 in out podiatry and physical rehabilitation centre


Lisfranc fracture, Tarsometatarsal Joint Sprain, podiatry, sports therapy, physiotherapy, Lisfranc dislocation

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