How the Lisfranc Injury Got its Name will Surprise You!



The Story

The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) were brutal and France found itself running short of physicians. Jacques LisFranc de St. Martin, an OBGYN by trade, was pulled in to help wounded soldiers on the battlefield out of necessity.


One day, a solider was dismounting from his horse when his foot became stuck in the stirrups which compromised his blood flow to his lower limb and created a gangrenous foot. LisFranc described the surgery as "amputation of the foot through the tarsometatarsal articulation".