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Fracture of the Talus

Definition: A talus fracture is a break in the talus bone, which is located in the ankle joint, connecting the foot to the leg. The talus plays a crucial role in the movement of the ankle and supports weight-bearing activities.


  • High-impact injuries, such as car accidents or falls from a height
  • Sports injuries involving severe twisting or direct impact
  • Ankle sprains or other trauma


  • Severe pain and swelling in the ankle
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected foot
  • Bruising and tenderness
  • Decreased range of motion in the ankle


  • Physical Examination: Assessing pain, swelling, and range of motion.
  • Imaging Tests: X-rays, CT scans, or MRI to confirm the fracture and determine its severity.


  • Immobilization: Using a cast or splint to keep the ankle stable and allow healing.
  • Non-weight Bearing: Avoiding putting weight on the affected foot, often using crutches.
  • Medications: Pain relievers to manage discomfort.
  • Surgery: In cases of severe fractures, surgery may be necessary to realign and stabilize the bone with screws or plates.

Prognosis: Recovery from a talus fracture can be lengthy, often taking several months. Proper treatment is essential to avoid complications such as arthritis, chronic pain, or reduced ankle mobility. Rehabilitation and physical therapy may be required to restore strength and function to the ankle.