It is possible to dislocate the bones within the midfoot joint complex (aka Lisfranc joint) of the foot: This joint complex consists of the ligaments and bones that connect the forefoot to the midfoot. Lisfranc injuries include strains and tears to the ligament itself in addition to bone dislocations and fractures.

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In-Network Vs Out-of-Network Providers

In-network providers have previously signed a contract that limits the amount of money (contracted rate) a provider may charge individuals who are covered under the contracted insurance company. The agreed-upon contract rate includes both the patient and insurer’s shares. The portion of the contracted rate a patient pays is determined by his or her policy.

Out-of-network providers are providers who have not agreed to accept a contracted rate with a patient’s insurance company. If a patient chooses to seek treatment outside of his or her network, insurance companies typically require the patient to pay a larger deductible, copayment and coinsurance amount.

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