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Podiatry/Old Lisfrancs Injury?


I am a healthy, active 27-year-old mother of a two year old.  In July of 2012, I stepped off the edge of the sidewalk, and rolled my foot on the lateral side of the foot.  I had immediate swelling and bruising over the 1st and 2nd metatarsal.  Radiographs were taken, no fractures, told a sprain and it would heal.  After months of no progress, a new Dr. put me in a CAM boot for 6 weeks.  This seemed to help some, but once out of the boot, was having bruising and pain again.  I went to an ortho dr. (9 months later now) who told me I have a lisfranc injury.  He injected cortisone into the affected area, and I had severe pain and swelling from the injection for days, he told me to stay off of it, and it would eventually heal.  After I returned with same symptoms, he put me in a weight-bearing cast.  I was uncomfortable with this, and then sought a podiatrist's help.  He feels like I dislocated the lisfranc joint in July 2012, and now have postraumatic arthritis.  He suggests surgery to clean the joint and fusion.  He also does not see anything on rediographs.  I am trying not to do CT/MRI because I have no insurance, and most of the doctors I have seen have suggested that it would not change the treatment protocol any.  I am concerned about having a fusion, as most people have more problems with the fusion than is worth the surgery.  I am concerned about loss of mobility in my foot, and continued inability to weightbear normally, as well as concerned I will never be able to wear real shoes again.  I am currently in a CAM boot until I can get into surgery.  My current symptoms are:  bruising on top of foot; lisfranc joints, metatarsal 1 and 2, numbness and/or tingling when that area is touched, inability to wear any arched shoes( all I can wear are flip flops), inability to push a clutch in on a car, inability to walk much at all, every time I step on it wrong, it swells up and bruises worse.  Do you think fusion of the lisfranc joints is a viable option for me?  I understand the posttraumatic arthritis must be dealt with surgically, but am looking for any alternatives to fusion if they are viable options for me.

I appreciate your opinion!

Dear Jen,

This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says...
For your suspected Lisfranc injury-you may have some additional injuries that may not be visible by x-ray. Can't hurt to seek an additional opinion. Then decide on the MRI. In your case-work out a cash deal with an MRI place-if surgery & an MRI continues to be a recommendation. Fusions in that area may have less issues post-op-since there is minimal movement in the midfoot joints of the foot.
Hope this helps.
Good Luck!
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