Low-Energy Lisfranc Injuries: When to Fix and When to Fuse

Milap S. Patel, Muhammad Y. Mutawakkil, Anish R. Kadakia*

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Lisfranc injuries can be devastating to the athlete and nonathlete. In the athletic population, minor loss of midfoot stability compromises the high level of function demanded of the lower extremity. The most critical aspect of treatment is identifying the injury and severity of the ligamentous/articular damage. Not all athletes are able to return to their previous level of function. With appropriate treatment, a Lisfranc injury does not mandate the cessation of an athletic career. We focus on the diagnosis and an algorithmic approach to treatment in the athlete discussion the controversy of open reduction and internal fixation versus arthrodesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-791
Number of pages19
JournalClinics in sports medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • Arthrodesis
  • Athlete
  • Lisfranc
  • Midfoot
  • Tarsometatarsal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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