“What exactly is a Lisfranc injury?” This seems to be a common question being asked recently by Tennessee Titans fans after star quarterback Jake Locker suffered a painful lisfranc injury in the second quarter in their loss to the Jaguars. Fans watching the game closely saw Locker’s right foot appear to twist in the turf and land awkwardly when he was tackled at the end of an option run. Although he went back in the game for one more play, he was quickly taken back to the locker room after. Later in the game, to the dismay of all of us Titan fans, he reappeared back on the sidelines on crutches and wearing a protective boot.
To put it generally, a Lisfranc injury is a mid-foot injury caused by breaking the bones or tearing the supporting ligaments of the mid-foot region. These injuries vary in severity as they can be simple and involve one simple joint, or be very complex and involve multiple joints with multiple fractures.
In Jake Locker’s case, the specifics of the injury have not been disclosed, but the quarterback would be unable to return to the field for a minimum of three to four months if he requires surgery. Medical experts do note that the fact that Locker’s injury was caught early helps in getting him optimal treatment quickly and hopefully returning to practice with the team in the off-season as soon as possible. In the meantime, we’ll have to put our hopes in backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick that he can step up and lead the Titans to a successful remainder of the season.
You don’t have to play in the NFL to suffer from a Lisfranc injury. These injuries are fairly common and are unfortunately many times mistaken for a simple sprain, especially if the injury is the result of a twist and fall accident. However, these injuries are not something you can just “walk off” and prolonging treatment may lead to dire consequences. Common symptoms indicative of a Lisfranc injury include a swollen foot, bruising of the foot (especially on the bottom of the foot), and significant pain when standing or walking.
For more information on Lisfranc injuries or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, visit one of the podiatrists at the Advanced Foot and Ankle Care Centers in one of their three middle Tennessee locations in Nashville, Smyrna or Spring Hill.