Update — my Lisfranc foot injury

A short update on the consequences of my Lisfranc foot injury.

  • I injured the foot in March, 2018. The first operation was later that month. See my previous post about that.
  • In August, 2018 there was a second operation to remove the plate and screws and replace one screw with a ‘tightrope’ to hold the bones together.
  • After a month or so, X-rays showed some continuing collapse of the foot’s arch and I was tentatively scheduled for a third operation to fuze the bones to arrest the collapse.
  • Fortunately, over the following months there was no further collapse, and eventually the surgeon prescribed an orthotic insoles/inserts for my shoes, and insisted I buy a stiffer boot. If this works, I’ll not need the third operation.
  • In March 2019, the surgeon examined my X-rays and said that there has been no movement of my foot bones (no further deterioration) so no operation (for now). But if there is pain, I should call her. “May I walk and hike?” “Yes.” “May I run?” “No! No high impact activities for that foot.” “What about skiing?” “You can ski.” “What about telemark skiing (which is what I know)?” “No telemarking!” So, at 76 I will be learning how to use AT equipment and not raising my heel. I’m told that “AT” stands for “After Telemark.”

The worst part of those operations was maintaining my foot elevated ‘above the heart’ for several weeks. My inactivity has resulted in a huge loss of fitness, and an inexcusable amount of weight gain. So, I’m on new hiking boots, with expensive orthotics, and trying to exercise a few times each week.

3 Responses to “Update — my Lisfranc foot injury”

  1. 1 Judith Perry June 24, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Keep walking. There is a foot route from Canterbury to Rome. I did 400 km. this spring and will go back to continue.

    • 2 Robert June 24, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      Awesome! Is this a hiking adventure or a spiritual journey? Will you be sharing the events of the trip online?

      • 3 Judith Perry June 24, 2019 at 4:00 pm

        It is both. You can’t walk alone for that long without changing, although I didn’t realize it until I had been back about a month. It is the Via Francigena. There is a Facebook group for participants and wannabes.It is also on the web. I posted on Facebook whilst I was on the trek. I went from Mortana to Gambassi Terme. I will either start at Gambassi Terme to Roma or start at Canterbury and walk for a couple of weeks in France. There are pilgrim credentiales which can be used for pilgrim meals and accommodations.

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