The Lisfranc joint

D Martin Chaney
Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery 2010, 27 (4): 547-60
The Lisfranc joint encompasses 6 articulations, weak dorsal ligaments, and strong plantar ligaments. The Lisfranc ligament serves to secure the second metatarsal in the keystone of the midfoot. Traumatic ligament injury and fracture can result in deformity, instability, pain, and degenerative joint disease of the Lisfranc joint. Increased awareness of Lisfranc joint anatomy and advanced imaging has allowed more accurate diagnosis and treatment of this injured joint complex. Nontraumatic degenerative joint disease can also result from congenital and acquired deformity such as first ray insufficiency, abnormal metatarsal parabola, and equinus. Open reduction with internal fixation (ORIF) demands accurate anatomic alignment to prevent the need for salvage arthrodesis. Early studies have shown that primary arthrodesis of the medial 3 rays has performed equally well or better than ORIF for the displaced primarily ligamentous and severe injuries. A paradigm shift may emerge as more studies favor primary arthrodesis.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.