Why am I Doing This?

Six months ago, I took an awkward tumble in my apartment that turned into a bizarrely complex long term problem. What was initially diagnosed as a sprained ankle eventually revealed itself as a rare lisfranc injury.  Intrepid interwebber that I am, I looked online first for diagnosis and eventually for more information on this strange injury.  The information available was, at best, confusing and outdated, and at worst, horrifying.  So, while laid up in recovery I thought I might type down some of my experiences so far with the lisfranc, in hopes that I might fill in something of the void in terms of current, helpful, non-terrifying information about this odd little injury that entered my life.

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12 Responses to “Why am I Doing This?”

  1. Good luck! It is really useful to find out what other people have done that worked!

  2. I’ve also suffered from a lisfranc injury…going on about 3 months now. I’ve been stalking your page, as well as a few others and I’m sorry to hear about the few surprises you’ve experienced. Good luck with your recovery!

    • Thanks, good luck to you too! Yes, I’ve had a few disappointments along the way but I really am coming along with the recovery. I should post an update, actually! I’m about 6 weeks in to my physical therapy now and the improvements have come much faster than I imagined they would. Let me know if you have any questions!

    • I’m wondering (8 weeks post surgery) whether or not to have the screws removed, or leave them in place. Any thoughts?

      • I was very convinced that leaving them in was less disruptive all around and made for better longterm results. My understanding at the time was that they were sort of phasing out the methods that would go back in to remove the screws. But, obviously, this would depend greatly on the severity of your injury, how fast they caught it, if they were able to salvage the rest of the internal structure, or if some fine-tuned midfoot flexibility was really essential to you (like young athletes). I’m just happy not to have had to go through surgery again and see no point in removing them when the function is just about normal at this stage. I recall threats of severe, crippling arthritis growing in the joints if the screws were removed– which could mean more surgeries down the line again. So, keeping them in has definitely worked for me.

      • Bob,
        Sorry its taken me a while to reply. Honestly, I would suggest removing them. My doctor encouraged me to remove the hardware because of the long term affects that are associated with permanent hardware….specifically the increased risk of having arthritis or pain. I would speak to your doctor about your concerns as it can vary from patient to patient. Good luck! Let me know what you decide to do!

  3. I have just found a whole set of blogs, all interlinked about Lisfrancs. In fact I’m thinking of starting one myself ! I am 2 months into my particular injury (dislocated/fractured 2/3/4/5 matatarsals) and have just gone itno a boot, so will watch your blog with interest. It’s interesting to see the support network that grows up on this understated but serious injury

  4. Me too! Me too! It is such a comfort to find others who are going through what I am dealing with. Most people say Liz who?

    I just started my own blog to chronicle my recovey and added you to my blogroll. I hope you don’t mind.

  5. Hope everything is okay. I am learning lots from your website. I suffered a similar foot injury in the past, and you really have no idea how much fun walking is until you suffer a foot injury. Thanks for providing such a helpful website and good luck to a full, healthy recovery. Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions. I will try to help as best as I can or send you to the right person.

    • Did you have the screws removed, or leave them in place???

      • They stayed in, they’re there for good. From what I remember, that choice had a little to do with how far gone my ligament was (I was misdiagnosed for a while). So, in my case, the screws fully replaced the ligament (rather than just binding while the ligament reforms). At the time I got it done, the docs I saw all seemed mostly on board with the newer research that said longterm outcomes were better this way (fewer surgeries, less arthritis, etc).

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