LONG BEACH, Calif. — According to study findings presented here, athletes who require surgical intervention for the treatment of Lisfranc injuries are typically able to return to sport.
“Average discomfort [is] 1.3 years post-injury and fixation,” Kirk A. McCullough, MD, said during his presentation at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Annual Meeting.
Kirk A. McCullough
Return to sport (RTS) was defined as time from injury to return to participation in either pre-season or regular season games. All athletes who required surgical intervention were treated with open reduction and internal fixation.
The ratio of Lisfranc injuries that could be treated non-operatively to those that required surgical intervention was 4:25. In addition to the four athletes treated non-operatively, RTS was observed in all college athletes and 17 NFL players (81%) who underwent surgical intervention at an average of 10 months postoperatively.
Although complete data evaluating individual performance of these players post-injury will be reported in a future study, McCullough noted of the NFL players who underwent surgical intervention, “three of them were able to obtain Pro Bowl status post-injury.” – by Christian Ingram
McCullough KA. Lisfranc injury in the elite football athlete. Presented at: American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Annual Meeting; July 15-18, 2015; Long Beach, Calif.
Disclosure: McCullough reports no relevant financial disclosures.