As a reconstructive foot surgeon, with significant Lisfranc fracture experience, I am somewhat amazed to see three NFL players to succumb to the dreaded Lisfranc injury, in only one weeks time.
Football rarely heard of this devastating midfoot injury, and now there are three in a week? What's going on?
Lisfranc fractures first got the spotlight when Santonio Holmes Jets star receiver required foot surgery and was placed on season ending injured reserve. The following Sunday, two more Lisfranc injuries emerged. Cedric Benson, running back for the Green Bay Packers was placed on the injured reserve with a Lisfranc sprain. Ryan Kalil, Carolina Panthers center sustained a Lisfranc fracture requiring surgery.
Lisfranc injuries occur when the front of the foot is torqued against the back of the foot. Football is clearly a rough game, and the foot can be injured just like any part of the body.
There are a several possibilities for the increased Lisfranc injuries.
- Fluke or coincidence: This is indeed a possibility.
Clearly, three injuries is not an epidemic but their occurrence in such a short amount of time is highly uncommon. What's come of these recent injuries is awareness of Lisfranc injuries.
Even with surgery, Lisfranc injuries tend to rehab poorly, and can be a career ending event. Only time will tell if we see more Lisfranc injures. If so, teams are going need to take a closer look at their players feet before they lose more players out on injured reserved.
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