Fractures of the Talus

The upper part of the ankle joint constitutes of libia and fibula while the lower part has the talus. It is positioned exactly above the heel bone. All these three bones put together gives us many kind of activity we do in day to day life and also some specialized activities. The talus is more vital of the three as this is the connecting bone between the feet and the leg. Fracture to talus happens only in worst cases during big crashes or accidents. There are lots of complications involved in this fracture and healing also is difficult and has to be handled with care.

Types of Talus Fractures

Stable fractures:
If the fracture is no not serious enough to dislocate the bones to another place then it is called minimally displaced fracture or stable fracture. In this case the pieces of bones that got fractured remain in their original place and position. Such kind of a fracture is easily treated by non-surgical means.
Displaced fractures:
The impact of the crash or accident determines the extent of displacement of bones. The more the displacement the more will the condition be complicated. Such fractures normally require a surgical procedure to re-align the fractured bones in the right position and place.
Open fractures:
If the fractured bones pierce through the tissues and skin to come out then it is called open fracture. In this case ligaments and tissues surrounding the bone will get damaged. This is more complicated and might take much longer time for healing.
Non-Surgical Treatment:
Non-Surgical Treatment is possible only in stable fractures as explained earlier. Castings will be made around the area and you will be asked not to apply pressure on the foot for the entire period of healing. The healing process in this case might take up to 8 weeks and until such time the patient will have to ensure that pressure is not applied to the fractured part.
Surgical Treatment:
If the fracture had displaced the bones or if it had come out of the skin then surgical treatment is advised. During surgery the bones will be re-aligned and placed in order and then fixed with plates and screws.