Well, I’ve Moved On


As you can see, I haven’t been blogging…it’s because there’s nothing to say about the famous foot! Hopefully, these pages will help others, and I do get notified if you post a comment, so I will respond. I still love to get comments! I will watch for new blogs, too, but there don’t seem to be many of those these days. Does that mean people have gotten smarter and have learned how to avoid trashing their feet?  I certainly hope so! Meanwhile, if you do have a  Lisfranc injury or broken foot, please post and share your experiences…

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78 comments so far

  1. Laura on

    Glad the foot is better. I just wish the rest of you was as good or better than the foot! Here’s to your health and improving fitness.

  2. judithSACHS on

    Yes, very good to hear — and my injury (which I had in February) is also now a memory. I am actually performing in a dance concert next month! Barefoot! Wonderful to see how the body heals.

    • fractralfoot on

      That was quick! Fantastic!!

  3. Mark on

    Good to hear that you are doing better! Good luck! You will have to come out to the rockies and try out the foot in Fernie (and visit the nephews).

  4. JenayaHennan on

    I am so glad to read these stories!! It’s keeping my sanity right now. I am 4 1/2 weeks post op. they put in 3screws. My foot gets really sore with shooting pains through it, so I get down because I feel the pain should be subsiding by now!? I sometimes feel like I’ll never be the same. So, it’s great to hear all of the positive stories. I was running around the bases during a ball game when this injury happened, I hit the base and my foot went over the top of the bag and twisted. I am a hairstylist, and this is killing me not to be able to do hair!! I have another 2 1/2 weeks until I hopefully get into my air cast! I am so nervous to put weight on this foot then!! Thank you all for your stories!! Can’t wait for this all to be just a memory!!

    • fractralfoot on

      Good luck on your recovery, Jenaya…hopefully, soon it will be just a memory. You are right, putting weight on it for the first time can be a bit frightening, especially if it does the “electric shock” act at first..but my therapist was right..even that went away and the foot felt normal again!

      • JenayaHennan on

        Thank you so much for responding. You’ve given me hope and determination!!

      • fractralfoot on

        Hang on in there! And write any time…I still get notified when there’s a comment.

    • danzy on

      Hi jenaya…I too have had 3 screws ORIF 6 weeks ago after a large man landed on my heel when I was plantar flex playing rugby. I’m now 3 days into weight bearing and I can put about 70% weight on it already. I get in the pool everyday, this really helps keep the swelling down and to gain range of motion, but you know what they say, baby steps. The first surgeon I talked to the day of my injury told me not to read blogs. I could see why when I went against his advise and found many horror stories. This one definitely helped me see it wasn’t all doom and gloom…surgeon who performed surgery suggested about 9 months before I can surf again, I’ll happily take that after reading what I read before some positive stories on here…all the best with your recovery 🙂

      • JenayaHennan on

        Thanks so much for replying to my post. I am at 61/2 weeks and going to the Doctor tommorow, hopefully I get my air cast then! Are you having your screws taken out? And, I hear a lot of people go swimming, but can u walk barefoot at the pool??
        Thanks again,
        Jenaya

      • fractralfoot on

        The horror stories are pretty frightening, aren’t they? That’s why I put the success story request in my blog and list the successful conclusion blogs! So far, there have been quite a few responses…best wishes with the surfing!

      • JenayaHennan on

        Oh sorry, I was trying to respond to Danzy’s response. She had 3 screws and was weight baring at 6 weeks, and swimming.
        Jenaya

    • estherrosew on

      Hey! Hang in there it does get better. I had 4 plates with screws put into mine and after 7 weeks I was in a moon boot (air cast) and confidence to walk built up quite quickly! When I moved into the boot I was able to go swimming. I couldn’t walk very well without the boot so Id remove it at the side of the pool and hop in. Swimming was a great strengthening exercise when I’d been out of action for so long. Because of my job I did have to have over 3 months off. And not being able to do things got so fristrating, I am now 1 month post op metal ware removal and 5 months after my first one And officially back at work. All the best with your recovery, blogs are helpful when you find the positive ones! I’m starting my own now that I have more good days than bad! Esther

      • JenayaHennan on

        Thanks Esther!! Glad to hear your recovery went so well!! I’m a hairstylist, so it’s super hard for me not to be on my feet! I think I’ll try swimming as well. Your story has inspired me to work hard at recovery!!
        Thank you
        Jenaya

    • estherrosew on

      I work in a pharmacy and am on my feet most of the day. I have been quite lucky and have a stool I can drag around with me when I need it. I still do get a bit of pain but nothing I cant handle. Swimming was good, I practiced walking along the bottom of the pool with my feet on the floor. Im not getting PT, which I hope is ok.. my surgeon said there was no point as long as I do non-impact training at the gym. But yea 6 months on and I finally feel remotely normal. Once my limp fades no one will be able to tell! Counting down the weeks until your next milestone/appointment drags on but once you feel your foot strengthening week by week its amazing.
      Will follow how you go. Esther

    • danzy on

      Hi jenaya
      Well I’m 11 weeks post op now and I’m getting hardware out Nov 28, I’m walking pretty good now but if I push too hard there is still swelling. Swimming is still my modus operandi, it has given me better range of motion and strengthened all the muscles.
      How are you going? Hope all is well, don’t forget to celebrate the small achievements. This is definitely a marathon, not a sprint.
      Dan

      • JenayaHennan on

        Thanks for your reply Dan!! I am now 101/2weeks post op, and doing much better! I am walking in my air cast and it’s a new found freedom! It does get sore, but manageable!! I am due to have my screws taken out at the end of December. Can you let me know how that goes? I am nervous about it. I can either have a local anastetic put into my foot, my surgeon says this is very painful, or I can be put under completely. I haven’t decided yet what to do. I forgot to mention that I am a hairstylist and am back to work!! I am able to sit on a stool to do a lot of it which helps!! Just glad to be back at work!!!!
        Thanks again,
        Jenaya

      • danzy on

        Good to hear your working and back on your foot…surgeon didn’t give me a choice, he only takes screws out under general. I’ll definitely keep you informed how it went. Where did you have surgery? I’m in Australia. This is such a hard injury to overcome both physically and mentally so it’s nice to find someone at the same stage.
        Kia kaha (strength to you)
        Dan

      • JenayaHennan on

        It is so nice that I can share this experience with other lisfranc sufferers! I don’t think people really quite understand what it’s like to go through this kind of an injury, unless they’ve been there! And, it’s cool that we’re at the same stage!! Do you have to have physio after you get the screws taken out? I am from Canada!! I really lucked out and have an amazing surgeon! Hope your screw removal goes well!! How many do you have?
        Jenaya

      • danzy on

        Hey again jenaya
        Yeah I have physio once a week now and I guess I’ll keep it up for a while after getting hardware out. I have 3 screws, how about you? The fracture I had has healed well and calcified but surgeon says it’s the ligaments that take over 3 months..
        You must be stoked to live in Canada eh 🙂

      • JenayaHennan on

        I also have 3 screws. And, yes it’s great being from Canada eh!!! I suppose we really do say that sometimes!! Lol!
        Jenaya

      • JenayaHennan on

        Hey Dan!! How did your screw removal go?? I am getting my screws taken out on Dec. 28th. Then I can go back to work on Jan. 8th, and will be starting physio shortly after that! It’ll feel so weird to be in a regular shoe! Hope your recovery is going well with this last surgery!!
        Jenaya

  5. estherrosew on

    Hi!

    I wish I had found your blog earlier! I haven’t managed to trawl through the archives yet but from what I have managed to skim over I definately relate. Not meaning to smile at your misfortune of a lisfranc injury or anything but just reading about similar things that I have been dealing with and complaining to my friends about but they don’t really get it.

    Especially the shoe part at the moment! I can only wear sneakers and I am a bridesmaid in 2 weeks and it has been hell trying to find a pretty pair that fits. So frustrating! So my lisfranc was in April and had 4 plates, they were removed over a month ago now and I started going back to the gym a couple of weeks ago. Such a good feeling to get sweaty and have a good work out after 5 months. I havent dared to try and run ye, I use the cross trainer and bikes at the gym. So will be interested to read into your running. Anyways. Thank you for you documentation, I know it helps to read of other people’s experience with something like this, I dont know why i didnt think to blog when i had so much time off work, but am trying to get it all down now at mylisfranc.wordpress.com.
    Thanks again! Esther

    • fractralfoot on

      I am glad it helped! And good luck with the shoes. I will add your blog to the blogroll…Chris

  6. Frank Berke on

    I am so frustrated and only wish I had known how serious my injury was at the time. I fell off a ladder and caught my foot and horribly twisted it while breaking my wrist when I landed. This happened in June of 2011. The first surgeon said I needed to have pins put in my foot but my “Dr. Friend recommended another surgeon who said I did not” well at the end of the day I did and now 1.5 years later I hobble every day. I’ve tried all the physiotherapy and exercising and it not getting any better. From what I read it appears I need to have an operation to fuze the bones. Has anyone out there had that done a year plus after the Liz Franc injury. Thanks

    • fractralfoot on

      Anyone have any helpful comments?

  7. Steve on

    I’m three weeks into my LF injury; had surgery two weeks ago. Thanks for the info and the insight into this injury. Knowing that others have experienced this and are doing well is encouraging.

    • fractralfoot on

      I’m glad it was helpful. Good luck with your recovery!

    • Frank Berke on

      It has now been 17 months since my LF injury and no surgery was ever done due to misdiagnosis. My foot is like a rusty wheel. When I first start walking it is painful and feels “out of joint” then it loosens up and I can walk OK until I sit down or rest for a while. I now live in Canada and am on the Canadian health care system which overall is a wonderful system however, I am waiting to see a orthopaedic foot specialist which will take 8 weeks. From there I want to find out if I should have surgery now and have the bones fused or just live with this problem. I am just venting my frustrations. If only I had of known how bad I was hurt when it happened.

      • fractralfoot on

        I can’t imagine walking on it, and I had, I think, a mild one. The emergency room didn’t catch it…it was only when I went to a surgeon for the other broken bones that he said, “Oops, let me go talk to someone about this.” I guess no one had bones fused a year after the injury, or they would have answered your earlier post!

        Good luck!
        Chris

      • JenayaHennan on

        I wanted to comment about my Lisfranc break!! Hopefully it will give you some hope that it really gets better. I broke my foot on Aug.12 and had surgery 5 days later! I broke the 3 square bones that attach to the long one in your foot! Pretty much my arch. Apparently this is the worst place to break it. I was 8 wks with my toes above nose, could only get up and crutch to the bathroom. My foot would throb so much if I had it down at all!! Oh, I should mention that I had 3 screws put in. After 11wks I was able to weight bare on it in an aircast. It only took 5 days to put complete weight on it and not have crutches anymore! Such freedom!! I am having my screws taken out the end of December, and will be able to go back to work on January 8th. Then lots of physio!! It felt so great to get my life back! I have been back at work since Oct. 25th and it’s feeling great!! I should mention that I’m a hairstylist, so a lot of standing!! I sit on a stool when I can to do hair, and the foot is feeling good!! Can’t wait for the screws to come out and start physio with a real shoe!! To the person in Canada, I live in Calgary and have an amazing surgeon!! I hope this gives some hope, as I too went through some depression when I was laid up for 8 wks!! I can’t believe my foot feels this good!! It is a little sore in the morning, but nothing that can’t be handled!! Good luck everyone!!!

      • Steve on

        Frank, I so sorry to hear about the mis-diagnoses. I hope you get the very best advice from the doctor. Please let us know what the decision is. We “Lisfrancers” need to stick together!

      • Frank Berke on

        Thanks for your shoulder to lean on. No one really understands this injury unless they’ve gone thru it. They think I am faking it or something as I am often walking perfectly normal and then limping like a crippled person.

  8. Emma on

    Hi everyone, i thought i would share my good news on my Lis Franc injury. I am now 6 months post accident. I had 3 screws in my left foot after my accident. The screws came out 3 months ago. On Friday, 6 months post injury to the day, I did a 7 minute run….yes it was slow but i did it and i can’t tell you how excited i was! My surgeon told me no running until the 6 month mark so i followed instructions.
    My foot feels really stable and i am very happy with it.
    I have been cycling and swimming a little before now just to keep moving. i am sure that helped.
    My only problem now is that because my leg was inactive for 3 months i have lost muscle tone and my knee gets rather week and sore. I am doing pysiotherapy and building up my thigh muscle which seems to help.
    Seems silly that after such an injury that my Knee is the problem six months on!!

    Good luck to everyone out there reading this – it does get better

    • fractralfoot on

      Congratulations! Keep it up!

    • JenayaHennan on

      Hi Emma!
      I’m so glad that your recovery is going so well! I am 5 months into recovery, just had my screws removed on Dec.28th! My foot felt so great in the air cast before the removal of the screws, and now it’s been hurting a lot. I am still in an air cast, but am starting physio next week with just runners on! I am excited to start walking without a cast on. Did you experience any pain when your screws were removed? My pain is obviously at my incision sights, but also it aches a lot. Just curious if you had any of this pain? Thanks for your positive lisfranc story!!!
      Jenaya

      • Emma on

        Hi! Yes I did have pain when the screws came out, I kept putting the ice pack on and it gradually got better. Sounds like I am about 3 months ahead of you, have you tried massaging the foot? My physio told me to massage the incision spots upwards towards the legs in long firm movements. The skin felt quite hard there (even lumpy) but much better now.
        Ask questions anytime, I got quite upset at first about all the negative posts online…there are good stories too 🙂
        Good luck!

      • JenayaHennan on

        Thanks for replying! I will ice it more often, and when the incisions heal I’ll start massaging! I have no doubt that my foot will feel great again because it did before the removal surgery! I have to keep on remembering that this injury takes time! Thanks again!!!
        Jenaya

      • fractralfoot on

        There’s a section on my blog for success stories! Put yours there, too!

      • JenayaHennan on

        I will definitely post my success story soon, as we need more of them on here!!!
        Jenaya

      • danzy on

        Hey jenaya, it’s Dan here from Australia… Well had the screws out Nov 28 and things were going great guns, no real pain, full motion and swimming everyday. Problem was I got back in the pool just before the post-op wound healed and it’s taken a strong course of antibiotics to get rid of infection.
        Anyhow, how is your foot after screws
        out? Mine felt so much better after 3 weeks. Can definitely see light at the end of the tunnel now. 🙂

        Dan

      • JenayaHennan on

        Hey Dan!
        The screw removal went well. I did have quite a bit of pain the first 2 weeks, now it’s much better. I’m getting my stitches out tommorow and start physio on Wednesday! Are you doing any physio? Sorry to hear about the infection! That would suck! Glad you’re doing well!! Take care!

  9. danzy on

    Great to hear you’re doing well jenaya, all the best for physio…stretching is important and build up those arch and leg muscles. Mine wasted away a bit.

  10. JenayaHennan on

    I just wanted to share my success story after my Lisfranc break. I broke 3 bones ( the square ones) basically my arch, I can’t remember the name of the bones!! This happened on Aug. 12th 2012 while playing baseball. I was rounding a base and went over on my foot and heard a huge cracking sound and fell to the ground immediately. I went to emergency and luckily I was diagnosed right away with a Lisfranc break. I also tore all the ligaments between the breaks. I had surgery 5 days later, with 3 screws put in. I was to be completely off of it for 8 weeks! This was devestating to me, as I am a hairstylist and didnt want to lose my clientele by being off so long. But, I was determined to get better so I listened to everything my surgeon told me to do. The 8 wks non weight bearing period is by far the worst part of this ingury! I felt completely helpless and had some good days and lots of crying days too. I had to change my thinking that I will get better and there are people who cannot walk at all, but I would again! I read a lot of posts on here and most of these stories are horrible, in that people are not posting how well you can actually do after this injury!! So after the 9 wks I was allowed to move into an air cast and begin trying to weight bear!! This was complete freedom! It only took me 5 days to be walking fully in the cast! It hurt in the beginning, but as you all know, this Lisfranc break needs time. About 31/2 wks with the air cast, my foot felt incredible! I went back to work on Oct. 24th ( 10 wks) from the break! I worked for 21/2 months. I did use a stool to sit on when I needed to while doing hair. Then I had my screw removal surgery on Dec. 28th. I was lightly sedated ( I fell asleep) for this surgery. I didn’t feel a thing, it took about 35 mins, and I was sent home an hour later. I had to non weight bare for 1 week, then allowed to walk on it again. I did have some pain after this surgery, a little achy and the incisions were sore, but after about 2 wks it felt great again! I used Percocet for the first day, then just Advil after surgery. I am now 19 days post op and I was given the go ahead to start walking in a tennis shoe. I should mention that I went back to work on Jan. 8th. So now i am at work today with runners on!!! This is awesome. This week I will add on an extra 2 hrs of time on my foot( in runner) everyday. By next Tuesday I will be full time in my runners!! So, runners aren’t really my style, but I will do whatever it takes to have my foot feel great!!! I start physio tommorow and am so looking forward to it! So overall my foot is fantastic!!! It can be a little achy, but totally doable!! I wanted to share my success story because I know when this first happens to you, it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel! There is!!!! Take care, and keep your spirits up!!!
    Jenaya

  11. Jerry z on

    I’m joining the Liz franc fractured community . My injury happened 3.dec while installing Christmas lights. 11 dec was my surgery while I got 3 pins installed. Dr put me in a boot, no load bearing until at least 7 feb when I see him. All day in the lazy boy with foot elevated. Evening I scoop on my butt upstairs to bed ( boy I have lost weight in my stomach). Toughest is sleeping keeping it elevated knee hurts. So not real deep sleep. I doing a little bit of work from home. But doctor dont see me back to work til June agh. Any advice would be appreciative

    • fractralfoot on

      From my experience, keeping it elevated was really important! In fact, I was told that the foot had to be higher than the heart, so much of the time I draped it over the back of the couch. I set up my laptop for voice recognition, which I used some of the time! Didn’t have trouble sleeping with it elevated because I piled couch cushions up and draped it over those. They allowed me to move it around when it was still elevated. It turned purple every time I lowered it, which was somewhat frightening. People told me that would change when I started walking, and it did!
      Get a thermos for carrying coffee, etc. from the kitchen, and hang a little bag from the crutch to carry stuff. A barbeque or woodworker’s apron is helpful, too.
      It would have been helpful if I had been able to do more core strength exercises while I was down.
      Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
      So there’s some advice for now. Probably you will get a lot more. Just remember, as far as I know, no one who writes on this blog is a doctor or therapist! We just share experiences.

      • Stacey O'Rourke on

        Hi everyone,
        I sustained a lisfranc injury on 15th September and had surgery 2 weeks later and 2 screws inserted. Recovery was going quite well and in the last 2 months I have been getting a lot of pain around the metalware area. After surgery I had 3 hospital appointments before they discharged me – 2 surgeons said the screws stay in, 1 said they come out. My final appointment was with one that said they stay in unless there’s a problem. I saw an orthopaedic surgeon privately 3 days ago and he said the screws should come out at 3 months, no question. I am nearly 6 months post-op and I’m so relieved that the pain I’m getting should (fingers crossed) go away. To all the lisfrancers that have had their metalware removed, do both incisions have to be opened right up again? I have one on the top of my foot and one on the inside. Just curious to know if it’s a small incision or the same ones opened the same amount. Also, what was the recovery time? I’m guessing elevation for a while? Stitches? Any advice would be great. I hope you’re all doing well and getting stronger by the day.

      • Jenaya on

        Hey Stacey! I had 3 screws removed! And, yes he reopened my old incisions. This actually makes for a faster healing time! At least mine healed a lot quicker than the original surgery incision. I had the screws removed in December, and was back to work 10 days later. The first week after this surgery was non weight bearing, toes above nose elevation. Then, I was able to walk in an aircast again for 2 weeks, while the incisions healed. after that, i was able to start walking in runners!! I did have stitches, but, just a few. Hope this helps!!

      • Stacey on

        Thanks Jenaya! I’m playing the waiting game at the moment, hopefully get a date soon to have them out. Can’t wait, the pain seems to be getting worse by the day! It’s so good to hear how other people’s journeys have gone, I’m a bit impatient so good to know what’s coming. Hope you’re doing well. Stacey

      • Jerry on

        I’m in recuperation and therapy since my operation in dec. still have the 3 screws in my foot but no pain, still in the boot and 1 crutch . See the doctor in April for check up and schedule for next step take the screws out. Agh been working from home since dec, think I can back to the office in may??

      • fractralfoot on

        Of course, it depends on what the doctor says, but I went back to work after 3 months..the surgeon wasn’t happy about it, but let me go. I was still on two crutches at that point, so you are ahead of me! On the other hand, they didn’t take out the screw, so I didn’t have that delay. Good luck!

      • danzy on

        Hi Stacey
        I had my screws out just before Christmas. I had three screws removed and was told the incisions would be smaller but one screw had calcium growth over the screw head which needed to be chiseled off so my dorsal incision ended up being two thirds the size of the original but it wasn’t too bad.
        Sooooo glad to have them out. I’m surfing and playing football now and generally no pain (still a bit stiff in the morning).
        Best of luck Stacey
        Dan

    • danzy on

      Hi jerry this is dan,
      Good to hear your progress is going well, I agree with the other post with regards to elevating and icing as much as poss at your stage.
      My physio told me also that it’s beneficial to start getting the foot into little exercises even whilst in the cast.(toe curls etc.)
      Check with someone first but while u have no pain maybe it’ll help get the blood flowing through the foot and speed up recovery.
      Best of luck with it jerry and keep positive, I found recovery fastest in the 4-6 month period. Cheers

  12. Kirsty lawrence on

    Hi everyone. I am so pleased I found this post. I am 16 weeks post injury which involved all four arch joints and 2 broken toes. I am not young and have found this injury debilitating both physically and mentally and all the blogs I read seemed doom and gloom. I am back to work full time but the swelling not the pain is the biggest issue I have. I am due to have the screws removed in a month so hope mine goes well. I am worried about going backwards. I have been to physio and do my exercises as well as elevation and ice. Does anyone have any other ideas in regards to the swelling which I find the most destructive to my day. Any ideas welcome. Thanks for all the information herer. It seems we a re quite a community. I didn’t even know about theinjuryntill my less than graceful decent down my stairs

    • jenaya curle on

      Are you still in an aircast? I was until I had my screws removed. After the removal surgery i felt like I went a step backwards, only because my foot hurt again due to the incisions. Also, when I started walking in a shoe it hurt, but within a week after surgery I was walking and loving it!!! The incision and walking pain subsided within a couple of weeks. I am now 8 months post initial surgery, and feeling great. I do still feel “the foot” for sure, a little sore sometimes, but this injury takes a full year to 2yrs to heal. Patience is needed for sure!! As far as the swelling goes, I still have it as well. Just keep icing and elevating at the end of your day!! I was told the swelling can last for a year or more!! Also, massage your foot as much as possible!! Hope this helps!! Good luck!!
      Jenaya

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      • Kirsty lawrence on

        Hi Jenaya. I was in a fibreglass cast for eight weeks and then a moon boot for 2 weeks. From then on I have been in shoes (trainers) as nothing else fits. No crutches at all except for the initial non weight bearing so I guess I have been lucky in someways to be independant for some time. Listening to everyone else their specialists have had them in some sort of support for much longer than me. It has been hard not understanding the injury or recovery but finding this information has been great. Onwards and upwards from now on. I will let you know how the new surgery goes. Good luck to you

      • fractralfoot on

        Hi Kirsty…it’s amazing, the difference between surgeons and the amount of support they feel is needed. Many years ago, I had a different leg operation. The first surgeon I saw told me I would be on crutches for a month and would need help around the house. The second surgeon told me I must stay off the leg for two days and would be able to hike the Grand Canyon 6 weeks after the operation! I went with the second. Both surgeons were really good at what they did, and what a different take! Walking on day three certainly hurt, and it continued to hurt well after the stitches were out, but the plus side was that I kept full use of the leg! And yes, I was able to hike down the Tanner Trail six weeks later.

      • JenayaHennan on

        I came out of my aircast two weeks after my second surgery to remove the screws. It definitely didn’t feel really great at first, but much better now!! Take care!!
        Jenaya

    • estherrosew on

      Hi Kirsty, sorry you joined the lisfranc club! I wouldn’t have been able to return to work with a compression stocking, do you have one? I wore it since getting out of my cast and still wear it to work or when i stand in one place for long periods. Helps a million with swelling and circulation. I got the Juzo brand, but if you do get some make sure the compression is around the foot as well, some are just from ankle up. I’m now a year post injury, (as of last week) and apart from occasional discomfort and a wee bit of numbness things are great 🙂

      • Jerry on

        Kristy I’m a member of the lisfranc club as well and I encouraged you to stay positive. Since my injury in dec and surgery I’ve been at home rarely been out till last couple of weeks with my boot in the lazy boy. My work has been wonderful allowing me to work at home at my pace. I’ve been doing exactly what the doctor has said and last week saw him and diagnosis was superb . I’ve been doing physical therapy since January and am continuing. I’m going back to work a little in may and then I get by screws out in June.

        The lesson is stay positive and do what the doctor says. This will get you back walking normal.

      • Kirsty lawrence on

        The Juzo brand compression stocking- can anyone tell me what I need to look for. I have been on the Internet and there are just so many I wasn’t sure which type to get. Thanks.

    • fractralfoot on

      Hi, Kirsty, welcome to the blog! My experience with swelling is elevate, elevate, elevate! I know it’s hard if you have to go in to work…I remember the expression on our director’s face when she saw my foot up on the desk the day I went back to work..but just keep it up as much as possible. And yes, it does go away, and does the beautiful purple color that it turns when you can’t elevate! Stay positive…there really is light at the end of the tunnel!

      • Kirsty lawrence on

        Thank you to those who heard my rather pitiful cry for help…. I now have a bean bag at the end of the lazy boy and the difference is amazing,, I also think I got a DVT stocking not one with the foot included in the compression area. I wondered why it was always so tight around the ankle and I ended up not wearing it. There is little information here in NZ around the recovery from this type of injury so thank you…. I now feel like there is an end to this. I have been doing all my exercises as the one thing I have had is a good physio. Have full ankle movement and can pick up things with my toes when the swelling is down.. I’m off to the Internet to google the stockings .. Once again thank you and good luck to all who are still in recovery

  13. Tami on

    My son is 6 months from the original surgery. He has 3 screws and 1 plate. His surgeon will not remove hardware before 12 months and then questionable. We want them removed so he can return to an active life. He is only 18, very athletic and has lost so much. We are looking into a second opinion. Has it been too long with the hardware in to have an easy removal? Any suggestions?.

    • JenayaHennan on

      Hi Tami. I had my screws removed 4 months after surgery. The sooner the better for your son right now. It
      does allow more mobility when they come out. Also, as far as the removal, it should be fairly routine at 6 months, but he might have some bone that’s grown over the screws a bit. My surgeon said that was a possibility at 4 months. They just file the bone a little to remove the screws. I didn’t end up having any bone filed to remove mine. The recovery is so much quicker after this surgery!! I was back to work 8 days later and I’m a hairstylist!! Hope this helps!! Good luck!!
      Jenaya

    • medew04 on

      I had fusion 4 months ago. I had plates, numerous screws and wires in 2 small toes.
      I was told they would stay in unless I had problems with them. Because they’re fixed with the plate there isn’t much chance of movement so they shouldn’t break which is the reason why screws are removed.
      My mobility is coming back slowly but surely and advise from my consultant ( who has been fantastic) was to try rocker trainers to help with the lost movement due to the plates.
      It’s working for me!
      I really feel for you and your son. I hope it works out for you.

  14. medew04 on

    I just want to give a heartfelt thank you to you and other bloggers who have helped so many to survive those first few months with my foot in the air thinking there won’t be an end to this!!
    I fell in Gambia 5 months ago. I was given a closed reduction operation as the whole mid foot was out of line.It was potted to the knee.
    4 weeks later I had a second operation in England. All 5 bones were fractured and dislocated. They had started to heal but on the wrong toes!
    I now have plates and screws on first 3 metatarsals and the 2 small ones are wired.
    My surgeon and his team have been fantastic giving me a clear picture at every step.
    Now at 5 months I am walking reasonably well ( for up to 3 hours then my shoe has to come off or I will pay with a day of pain). I am having physio weekly. I am driving and yesterday went out alone for the first time. In regard to driving my consultant said I could drive again if I felt the foot was strong enough but must go on private land to do some emergency stops before I went on the road.
    While I know I’ve a long way to go, I feel so lucky to have reached this far so soon.While not every day is a good day both physically and mentally.
    So all hang in there. It does get better!

  15. Tamsy on

    Hello fellow lisfrancers, I got my injury on May 3rd by passing out and my foot going under my tv stand. At first I thought I just sprained my foot. Got a shower, went to Costco with my foot wrapped in an ace bandage. Got home same time my neighbor did and he gave me his crutches to use. Woke up the next day with my foot swollen severely on top and bottom so to the ER we went. Xrays, blood work, and the waiting for the doctor. She comes in and says there are no broken bones and feeling around on my foot, when I say ouch she says, I thought I saw something in this area and leaves to revisit the films. Comes back and says there is a break and wraps my foot and says to stay off and follow up with ortho/foot doctor. Get an appointment following Tuesday and dr breaks the news to me about my lis franc injury. Had to have an MRI to make sure the lis franc joint is still attached to the bone. Thank heaven it was. Elevate while in my hard cast, split on sides to allow for swelling. This way from May 7th thru May 23rd. May 23rd got a normal hard cast, still NWB. On June 7th I had been in so much pain with my leg, that I went to dr and they took my cast off and sent me to get my leg checked for blood clot. No Blood clot, thank heavens again. Follow up on Tuesday June 9th. He wanted to put me back in hard cast but we comprised my with the boot. I could proceed with 50% body weight for one week and then I could put full weight the following week. WELCOME FREEDOM!!!!! During all this I had to rely on somebody for everything. Laundry, housework, and driving me places. The key that kept me going was all the help I received, getting out of the house, and friends and family. This injury has taught me patience and yes, you can ask people for help and they will help you out. I have checked out many blogs with horrible stories of their recoveries and surgeries. My injury was closed dislocated lis franc injury, no surgery required. Thank my lucky stars. I had follow up on July 9th with new films, Two more weeks in boot still wrapping my foot and ankle to keep the swelling down. I am now in sneakers, but couldn’t figure out how to wrap my foot or if I still needed to so I bought some adhesive tape to wrap my foot. Angry birds is what I am wearing this week. Next up is either red or natural color. It was nice to find this blog and read more success stories. I live in Maryland, USA. I have been driving since I went weight bearing and even drove to North Carolina with my two kiddos. I go back to the dr on August 5th for another film. Hopefully will be cleared, can’t wait to ride a bike again, and take long walks with my kids. Thanks for this blog.

    • fractralfoot on

      Fantastic! It’s so nice to hear about an injury that didn’t require surgery or months of PT! Can you check with the doctor on how to wrap the foot, and what is best to use?
      Chris

  16. Tamsy on

    He just has me wrap with ace bandage starting right above my toes, wrap around the foot, around the ankle, two times, and then back around the foot. It is supposed to help with the swelling. Wrap it tight but not too tight.

  17. Jenn on

    Hi All! I suffered my lis franc injury March 20, 2013 and had ORIF the following morning. I tore the ligament out of the bone, dislocated it, and fractured it in 4 places. I have 10 screws, a plate, and 2 pins (K wires). The 2 pins were removed in May and I was NWB for another couple weeks after that. I’m still receiving PT 3 times per week, (aqua & land) which has been complicated by sharp pain in my mid foot up through the side of my foot/ankle. My PT’s been taping my foot/arches and it has definitely helped some with the pain, so he said getting an othodic may prove helpful, I’m seeing the surgeon tomorrow and at the last appointment he said that the hardware may need to come out due to the pain. To put it mildly, I’m terrified of having anything else done, but would LOVE to be able to get full function, strength, and balance back without significant pain. If taking the hardware out doesn’t help, I was told we may have to consider a full fusion. This thought is enough to send me spiraling. I absolutely do not want to start from scratch. I’m very worried about the recovery from taking the hardware out or worse yet a fusion since I’m already over 6 months out from my initial inquiry and surgery and I still have a long way to go. Would love some feedback about the hardware removal, orthotics, or having to get fusion after ORIF. Thanks ahead of time. Just needed to talk to people who understand!

    • estherrosew on

      Hi Jenn, Im now 18mths out from my injury. diloscation, fractures etc
      I still wear orthotics, and have found them invaluable, cant imagine what it would have been like without them! Also, I had my hardware removed just over a year ago, i had 4 plates and screws. the HWR surgery was no where near as difficult a recovery as the initial one. I was able to walk on it a few days later with help of a crutch- it was just the swelling and incisions that were annoying. and now all i get is swelling and only a few twinges every now and then.
      Good luck on your recovery… I know every one’s case is individual so I hope it goes well for you!

    • Dan on

      Hi jenn sorry for the slow reply.
      Each case is slightly different but I agree with Esther, after HW removal it felt like a whole new ball game. I had so much more confidence to push the foot to gain full range of motion and strength, I think it was psychological more than anything.
      My surgeon was trying to persuade me to keep hardware in but I kinda knew recovery would be faster without the metal.
      Your surgeon may want your foot to have better conditioning before HW removal?? Hope you hang tough through this difficult time, you will find your light at the end of the tunnel.
      Kia kaha
      Dan

  18. Tamsy on

    Dan, so glad to hear the confidence is up after your HW removal. I am six months post injury and am back to self. I have noticed over the past week, that the pain is nearly all gone and I have very minimal swelling. I can stand and walk all day with any complications. All injuries are different and mine did not require any surgery. I had 6 weeks NWB and then boot for a month, and regular hard soled shoes. My only compliant right now is my ankle will not pop like my other ankle. Which I will suppose with time will do again. This injury has taught me to rely on others, made my faith stronger, and help others in need. Good Luck to all out there still hurdling over this hurdle. Stay strong and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. I am usually not one to ask for help but now am not afraid to ask. Bless you all and stay strong.

  19. fkhamer on

    Just found your blog. I’m almost 4 weeks post op. Fracture in both 1st & 2nd and dislocated 3rd & 4th. Getting frustrated with it all. But doing the pt and staying off it. Thanks for writing your experience!

    • fractralfoot on

      I found your blog and added it to my blog roll. Let me know if that isn’t OK with you?

      The first week sounds pretty horrible. It was for me, too. But as you have found, the pain does get less.

      Good luck with the recovery, and hopefully it will soon be a faint memory!

      • fkhamer on

        If course it’s ok. Haven’t updated in a bit. Nothing going on. I will soon though! Thanks!

  20. Jerry on

    It’s been a year and 1/2 since injury for me .. Foot still a little stuff but ok. My best advice do exactly what your doctor says and lots of physical theroepy .

    Also thanks for the blog. Been so great on pointers and advice .. Thanks


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