I’m sure a lot of people have never heard the word talus before, but when getting to know your feet it is a very important bone. It is the one that is above your heel bone and below your two leg bones; it makes up the ankle joint. So it sounds like this is a very important bone in our feet, and it is. So what happens when you break this bone?

Let’s first see how you can actually manage to break this bone. The most common way is in car accidents, but it is also common in falls from great heights, and is very common in snowboarders. I know most of us are anxious for winter to be over, but there are a few people out there like professional snowboarder Shaun White who live for the snow, but living for the snow and snowboarding puts him at a greater risk of breaking his talus!

Some common symptoms of a talar break are tenderness and swelling, an inability to bear weight on the foot and obviously a lot of pain! In snowboarders this injury is sometimes mistaken for an ankle sprain because there is tenderness and bruising on the outside of the ankle. The only way to determine if you have a talar fracture is to go see your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, located in Edison and Monroe NJ, immediately after an injury to get x-rays.

Your podiatrist will ask you what happened when the injury occurred and will take x-rays to look for a talar break. Before a diagnosis is made however it is important to put a padded wrap around the ankle and to elevate it above the heart and apply ice every 20 minutes until you can get to a doctor.  After the doctor has made a diagnosis there are surgical and nonsurgical treatments. Most cases will require surgery; however sometimes if the bones are still in proper alignment you can get heal the fracture with casting for 6-8 weeks. A majority of cases though require surgery and casting for 6-8 weeks with no weight bearing on the foot for at least 3 months. After the cast has been removed, physical therapy will be required to restore strength to the foot.

By: Nrupa Shah