Winter weather is likely going to be around for a little while yet, but it will be spring before we know it and youth in our Long Island, NY communities will participate in popular outdoor sports like soccer, baseball, and tennis. Of course, these activities aren’t only for the young! Many men and women participate in rec leagues or get together with pals for friendly athletic competition. No matter the sport or your age, if you are physically active you’re at risk for potential injury in the midfoot, which is why you need to understand Lisfranc injury treatment options.
The Lisfranc joint complex is the area that bridges your forefoot and hindfoot. Midfoot injuries that happen in this region are often the result of an abnormal twisting motion. This can happen when your foot is planted in the ground and then momentum carries you over the top of it. In doing so, you can sustain a sprain, dislocation, or a fracture of any of the bones or ligaments that make up the midfoot.
As can be expected, the treatment options for midfoot injuries we use depend on the specific injury and its severity. Nonsurgical care methods include:
- Medication – Our office might prescribe ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
- Ice and elevation – Both icing the injured foot and keeping it above heart level can reduce swelling and pain.
- Immobilization – We may need to cast the injured foot and provide crutches to keep bodyweight off of it.
- Physical therapy – Once pain and swelling levels have subsided, we may prescribe physical therapy for complete injury recovery.
Depending on the nature and severity of the midfoot injury, surgery may be required. If this is the case, we will discuss your options beforehand and give you the information you need to make an informed decision about your health care.
Naturally, our hope is that you and your loved ones will be able to stay safe while participating in favorite activities, but if you need foot or ankle care, including treatment for a Lisfranc injury, Foot Specialists of Long Island is here for you. We provide effective sports injury treatment, so contact our Nassau County, NY podiatrist office by calling (516) 804-9038 or schedule your appointment with us online today.