I know i've posted this twice...on an existing thread and starting this new one so i do apologise!
I wish i had found this website much much sooner than this evening! It's been fascinating to read everyone's threads and it's made me feel so much better and that i'm not alone with my bad foot!
A little about me....i'm a 27 yr old female and a little over two years ago (29/09/04) i played for a ladies rugby team here in the UK. We were training on that night when my right foot got caught in a pot hole and an 18 stone man fell on my foot. At first we just thought it was a sprained ankle, until we tried to get my rugby boot off my foot and then we realised it was a lot more serious than just a sprained ankle, especially as there was a huge lump sticking out the side of my sock!
I was taken to the local minor injuries unit, where they gave me some painkillers and took an x-ray. The initial doctor couldn't see anything wrong but said that i should go to the nearest Accident & Emergency department just to be on the safe side. Even us non-medical people in the room (myself, my Mum and boyfriend) could see something was seriously wrong in the x-ray and the bones were all over the place!
So we went down to the big hospital where i was diagnosed with a very serious injury to my Lisfranc joint complex. I was told there was a possibility i'd never be able to walk on my foot again, which filled me with complete fear.
I got into my room on the ward at just after midnight, after having a half-cast put on my leg and foot to stop it from moving.
The next morning i had about 7 or 8 doctors/consultants come to see me and my poor foot. I was told that i was going to have wires put in my foot to move the bones back to where they should be and to mend the fractures that were in there.
Surgery went well and i spent a further 5 days in hospital. I was in a plaster cast for 12 weeks completely non-weight bearing, with the wires taken out at the end of this 12 weeks. Having the wires removed, with a pair of pliers and no local anaesthetic was more painful than when i actually broke the foot!
I was then in an air-cast boot for another 12 weeks with slight weight-bearing at the start increasing to full-weight bearing towards the end of the 12 weeks.
Today i've just been in for my 2 year check-up and as i'm still getting a lot of pain in my foot the consultant wanted me to have some x-rays. I went back to see him and he told me my foot hasn't healed anywhere near as much as it should have done and he wants me to have more surgery on it to fuse the bones together.
He told me that i'd be in plaster for 4 months and non-weight bearing for a further 3 months.
I'm here tonight thinking about this, like i have done all day and to be honest i've spent most of the day in tears.
I can bear the thought of another operation and the pain but it's everything else that goes with it, like my whole life being turned upside down. I live on my own (whereas previously i had a wonderful boyfriend who drove me to work and just kept my spirits up) and so apart from people popping to see me when they can i'm literally going to be house bound for at least 7 months without being able to drive or go to work.
What a thought and it's really getting me down. :-( :'(
The consultant did say that it was up to me whether to have the second op or not but he'd recommend that i do as there's greater chance of my foot deteriorating at a faster rate than if i don't have the op. He did say that most people receover perfectly well from having a second op but there's a chance they'll do more harm than good to it.
So i have the choice now....do i have the second op or not?!
Any thoughts or suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. I know it's only me that can make the decision at the end of the day but knowing that others have gone through it and come out the other side fine will help!!
Thanks very much,
I have had a Lisfranc injury too, mine happenned when I fell off a moped. My surgeon said that on a scale of 1-10, mine was a 9. It was 2 years ago now. I am in pretty good shape now, I have been advised not to run etc, but walking and cycling is fine. If you want to have a chat, you can email me at _[removed]_. I am living in London now, although I had my surgery in Australia.
I understand how your life changes. Mine has been greatly affected for eleven years--I used to be very active, and now I am not. I gave up and modified my life so much. It is not an easy road and you have to find other things you enjoy. You can do it...I've had this for eleven years and still cope with it everyday. It can be lonely but do not isolate yourself. Your friends will hang in there with you...some of my closest did anyway.
Feel free to email if you have questions. And, best of luck!!
But now I can barely walk without pain. It has changed my life; I had to give up running, even though I formerly did a marathon. I can barely walk on the treadmill.
I just can't imagine that there aren't some kinds of operations to reshape the foot, but apparently there aren't. My foot has a big lump in the middle. One surgeon told me he could shave away some of the excess bone that grew there, but it would probably grow back.
I feel like I've become a disabled person. And there don't seem to be many podiatrists who know much about Lisfranc. I guess there's nothing much to be done, other than 'do my best.' But boy, what a horrible injury it is.
How have you all coped with the life changes that came with this injury?
I am 30 years old, live in NYC and in relatively good shape. I have played soccer since I was in 1st grade and most recently on a co-ed team for the last five years. In October I broke the sesamoid bone in my left foot and was in the roboboot for 6 weeks and three weeks ago I was diagnosed with a lisfranc injury in my right foot.
I was running and my foot must have twisted the wrong way and I heard a crunching noise and got immediately sick to my stomach. I think the adrenalin must have kicked in and I was in a lot of pain. I walked as far as I could to get a taxi and then hobbled to my ortho doctor the very next day. He had me go for a CT and MRI and called me that night to let me know that I had a lisfranc fracture and would require surgery asap.
Well so far I am two weeks post-op (I had that ORIF surgery with one k-wire and three screws put in) and I am not in any pain. I am in a hard cast and on crutches. I went back to work yesterday (everyone thinks I'm crazy) and the worst part of this entire thing is not being able to walk. I managed the pain following the surgery with percoset for about five days post-op and since then it's been ok. If I put my foot down too long it feels tingly and weird but nothing is really painful so I am happy about that. My biggest issue is not being able to walk ( I said that already but you can tell how freaking annoyed I am by it) and getting in and out of cabs/buses on crutches. Oh, and my right leg is SO small and apparently I've lost all muscle mass! Super!
Anyway, I'm trying not to get down but it seems that every hour it is a battle to stay positive. I either want to cry and quit or I think I am superwoman and that I can totally do this. I know people on here have described a great deal of physical pain, however I think mine might be more emotional/mental.
I can't believe how many people have this injury, yet how rare it is. I hope we all get better very soon and have limited complications. I worry about playing soccer again, as I honestly feel I'm too afraid to do so. I worry when I hear pple walk with limps and consider amputations. I wonder if those were very severe injuries. Has anyone had a moderate lisfranc? I wonder if anyone has charted recovery time, pain, etc in correlation to severity of lisfranc injury. It would help on blogs like this so pple know where they stand and don't get too discouraged or encouraged ya know?
When dealing with stuff like this I always remember what my mother would tell me when I was afraid of the big waves in the ocean. She would tell me that that you have to think that the wave is either going to take you down or you need to mentally prepare that you will stand your own and not get knocked down. I often think of that during times like this, especially when dealing with physical pain. We can beat it!
Anyway, best of luck to everyone.
everything is reasonably pain free and comfortable and i guess i wont know the full outcome for another 4 to 8 weeks, but i am optimistic that i wll be able to walk normally and resume sporting activities, with maybe the exception of continuous running..other current hassle is that i cant have foot down or dangling for more than about 1 minute without it turning purple !
Today was my 3rd surgery related to this injury and the one screw has been removed. I am back in the Cam Walker boot again and have to goto more threrapy. I am even more depressed now after reading other posts on how people have had screws removed only to have MORE pain. I am starting to wonder if i will ever be able to return to my job on an ambulance.
I apoligize for rambling on and on but I needed to get it off my chest. My wife, although I love her more then any thing, just cant understand my pessimistic attitude. I have tried explaining it to her several times but she still doesnt get it. Well my email is _[removed]_ if any one wants to talk about this injury more. G/L to all that are going thru what I am and I hope you have better luck then I have had up to now.
Now she has surgery awaiting in October to fuse 1st and 2nd met and she cant wait. She has read alot about the fusion etc and is under no illusion that it is a quick fix..but her aim is to go dancing on her 18th birthday april 2010 even if it is on crutches.