Ok, first of all, I've been in a cam walker for 9 weeks due to what was originally diagnosed as 3 small fractures in my foot. Fractures have healed, and I don't really have any pain when walking (provided I don't go a day without using the boot:) ) but there has been one area on the top of my foot that has been painful to the touch and has not improved. Dr. ordered an MRI and when I went back he went over it with me and basically said I have a complete rupture of the Lisfranc ligament and he doesn't really touch that type of injury and I need to go see a surgeon. And I love my foot specialst, trust him completely, so that's fine.
I guess the quesiton I have is, has anyone else ever had this or had the surgery to repair it? I've done about as much research as is possible and I can really only find information for a torn lisfranc and am wondering how often people actually completely tear it and if there's a good chance of repairing it without too much permanent damage with the surgery?
The MRI report uses the word "obliterated" to describe the ligament, so I'm guessing it's not coming back on it's own:P But it's my right foot and not being able to drive for a couple months is a really big deal if it's not going to do any good.
Are there any specific questions I need to be asking the surgeon when I see him on Tuesday? I don't really know where to go from here, I guess.
Kira get more than one opinion. I had a friend who sustained the same ligament injury after landing hard on the foot after jumping.
After MRI he was told by one surgeon that surgery was his only option. Another one gave him a stiff orthotic type devise so he would not continue to strain/flex the forefoot and therefore the torn ligament. He did well and never did have the surgery. and got back to playing tennis. Now his ligament was probably not obliterated so I don't know about the comparison.
Besides the obvious down time and no driving ask your OS about complications becasue there are a few that if they were to happen would give you arthritis and more issues. Ask him about the percentage of having the foot become worse? Ask him how many surgeries he has done personally and how many have been a complete success? Sharon
Thank you, Sharon! My foot specialist told me that the surgeon he's sending me to is very conservative, so that makes me feel a little better. However, I'd obviously like to avoid it if at all possible.
I appreciate the input; I'll definitely ask him how many of these surgeries he's done, as it seems like they're not as common as I originally assumed.