Stretching and ROM exercises for Lisfranc structure

When you suffer from a lisfranc fracture it is quite normal that your ankle will be immobilized because of a cast or a walking boot after this you will suffer from fatigue of your ankle muscles for treating this your physical therapist will perform several ranges of motion exercises and stretching exercises some of the exercises are

Range of motion

Once the fracture of your tarsals  and metatarsals is fully healed your physical therapist will allow you to start moving your ankle and will most likely prescribe you mobility exercises these exercises are simple but they are an important step in regaining normal functional mobility of your ankle and foot for performing this exercises

  • Lie down on your bed with your foot hanging slightly over the edge then perform the following motions
  • Ankle plantarflexion: for this point, your toes are in the downward direction as far as possible
  • Ankle dorsiflexion: for this point foot and toes in an upward direction towards your knee as far as possible
  • Ankle eversion: for this point, your foot and toes are in the direction of your pinky toe
  • Ankle inversion for performing this foot and toes must be in the direction of your big toe

Your physical therapist may also prescribe you a really fun exercise called the ankle alphabets for performing this exercise you just sit on the chair with your foot slightly hanging in the air and then you draw the letter of alphabets with your toes this will help to increase the range of motion in all direction

Stretching exercises

Lefranc fractures also affect the mobility of your foot arch because of a period of immobilization your arch may feel tight and the bottom of your foot and toes may also become tight because of this

Stretching the arch and tendons of your foot is a very simple and easy way to improve the overall foot mobility for performing this exercise

  • Place your toes against a wall with your heels on the floor
  • Now gently press your toes into the wall until you feel a stretch
  • Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds and then relax
  • Perform this stretch 3 to 5 times. everyday
  • In addition to that if you feel intense pain in the bottom or  the top of your foot during the stretches stop the stretch immediately and consult your physical therapist