Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
The talus is located in the middle of the ankle joint and connects the shinbone to the heel bone and foot. Acting as a hinge, the talus enables the foot to flex up and down, and side to side. Therefore, injuries to the talus have a profound effect on movement and function of the foot & ankle. When a fracture to the talus occurs, patients will feel acute pain, difficulty with bearing weight, and swelling or tenderness around the ankle joint.
Even more, a talus fracture can cause complications later in life, including arthritis or osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis). A fractured talus can interrupt blood flow to the bone. If the proper nutrients can’t reach the talus, the bone is unable to heal.