Athletes are subjected to experience a variety of injuries or conditions due to their exposure of rigorous activities. While they may be highly trained to warm up and exercise accordingly before engaging in their specific physical activity or sport, an accident during practice or training can often be unpredictable and inevitable. From landing incorrectly after a jump to simple degeneration, athletes who frequently utilize their feet in numerous exerting ways are more prone to suffer foot injuries than the general population.
Foot injuries occur frequently among athletes and they manifest in various forms. From stress fractures of the metatarsals and tarsal bones to chronic soft tissue injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and midfoot sprains to the joints between the tarsals and metatarsals. Although generally considered to occur infrequently, injuries to the midfoot, specifically the Lisfranc joint or the tarsometatarsal joint during Lisfranc injuries, these afflictions require special attention as they can be considerably devastating to most athletes.
Lisfranc injuries are high speed injuries which can result in serious deformity of the midfoot joints, commonly due to dislocations and/or fractures. Automobile or motorcycle accidents, violent falls onto the foot or a severe, crushing injury to the foot, are several of the most common circumstances which can lead to Lisfranc injuries. In sport settings, this form of foot injury is less severe, often resulting from a crushing and/or twisting means to the planted weight-bearing foot. But, when it does occur, Lisfranc injuries can cause overwhelming consequences for the athlete.
Approximately 16 percent of all sports injuries involve the foot. Although foot complications in athletes are reasonably common, Lisfranc injuries are quite rare. Researchers found that Lisfranc injuries account for up to 4 percent of all college level football injuries. Severe forms of the complication can unfortunately not only be season-ending but career-ending as well for the athlete.
Due to the fundamental function of the feet during physical performance, injuries to the foot can greatly affect the lifestyle of an athlete, regardless of how minor or unusual these may be. Lisfranc injuries affect the middle area of the foot, creating issues and complications among the surrounding structures of the feet, such as the tendons and ligaments, among others. Athletes who repeatedly use their feet can be at higher risk of developing Lisfranc injuries. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.