Management of Talus Fractures

Abstract

Fractures of the talus are uncommon injuries. Perhaps more so for these fractures than for other fractures, successful treatment requires thorough knowledge of the bony and vascular anatomy of the region. Furthermore, many talar fractures are missed because of the inadequacy of conventional imaging techniques. Because of the rarity of talus fractures in a general orthopaedic practice, many surgeons are unfamiliar with current techniques of management. This article reviews the anatomy, imaging, classification, and treatment of fractures of the talus, including talar neck fractures, talar body fractures, talar process fractures, and talar extrusion. Recent information regarding the timing of treatment of displaced talus fractures is also discussed.

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