Diabetic Lisfranc Fracture-Dislocations and Charcot Neuroarthropathy

Bradley A. Levitt, John J. Stapleton, Thomas Zgonis

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The goal with Lisfranc fracture-dislocations is to regain joint congruity and reestablish midfoot stability to avoid debilitating posttraumatic arthrosis and chronic pain in the sensate patient. In the diabetic population, dense peripheral neuropathy and/or vascular disease are equally important and may alter the surgical approach to traumatic tarsometatarsal injuries. The initial diagnosis in the diabetic population may be delayed due to subtle radiographic findings and/or patient unawareness of trauma in the insensate foot. Failure to initiate treatment in the early stages of acute diabetic neuropathic Lisfranc injuries can predispose the patient to midfoot instability, potential ulceration, infection, and Charcot neuroarthropathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalClinics in podiatric medicine and surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013


  • Charcot neuroarthropathy
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • External fixation
  • Fracture
  • Lisfranc joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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