What are Lis Franc injuries?

The Lis Franc joints of the foot are basically represented by the junction of the forefoot to the midfoot. This junction can be injured in twisting type injuries or more high energy injuries such as a fall from height or crush injury. The Lis Franc joints are important for stability so these can be severe injuries.

What are the symptoms of Lis Franc injuries?

Following the injury, patients will often struggle to bear weight, can experience significant swelling and pain and may notice some bruising on the sole of the foot.

How are Lis Franc injuries diagnosed?

Examination and investigation by a Foot and Ankle specialist is important for these injuries because they can easily be missed. Weight-bearing comparative foot X-rays, CT and MRI are all useful in confirming the diagnosis.

How are Lis Franc injuries treated?

In general terms, if the injury is unstable then surgery is normally the best option. Clearly, if medical co-morbidities are significant then a conservative management route may be safer. The aim of management is to reduce the risk of developing post-traumatic arthritis in the midfoot joints.

Stable injuries can often be managed in either a cast or a boot with regular X-rays to ensure alignment has been maintained.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain across their lower limbs or difficulty with mobility and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of knee-related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of foot & ankle -related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


If you would like to learn about other foot & ankle conditions click the button below to find out more


If you would like to learn about other foot & ankle treatments click the button below to find out more

our specialist FOOT & ANKLE consultants

Foot & ankle care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is lead by Mr Tim Sinnett. A graduate of Cambridge and Imperial College medical schools and leading academic and trauma consultant for Chelsea and Westminster NHS trust. He is further supported by the orthopaedic team here including other consultant surgeons, nurses and care staff.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of foot and ankle concerns utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specialist in Foot and Ankle Surgery

MBBS (AICSM), MA (Cantab), FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Tim is a Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, King Edward VIIs Hospital, and the Lister Hospital, Chelsea. His high volume Adult Foot and Ankle practice is made up of all aspects of ankle, hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot pathology. He is an avid believer in patient empowerment and autonomy, especially when decisions regarding surgery are required. Ensuring a high-quality patient journey from the first assessment to full rehabilitation is at the heart of his practice.

What some of our patients say

Mrs JS

Thank you to the whole team for getting me back on my feet again