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Talus Fractures
Keith Mayo
OTA Basic Fracture Course

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Fracture of the Talus Patient Information AAOS

The talus (TAY-lus) is a small bone that sits between the heel bone (calcaneus) and the two bones of the lower leg (tibia and fibula). It has an odd humped shape, somewhat like a turtle. The bones of the lower leg "ride" on top and around the sides to form the ankle joint. Where the talus meets the bones of the foot, it forms the subtalar joint, which is important for walking on uneven ground. The talus is an important connector between the foot and the leg and body, helping to transfer weight and pressure forces across the ankle joint.
Contents - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

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Fractures of the Talus Anatomy Evaluation and Management Medscape

Fractures of the Talus: Anatomy, Evaluation, and Management
Medscape General Medicine 1(3), 1999 Posted 06/14/1999
Brian C. Toolan, MD, and Bruce J. Sangeorzan MD
Abstract
Fractures of the talus comprise a broad spectrum of injuries and require an individualized approach to their evaluation and management, creating a challenging clinical entity for the orthopedic surgeon. Understanding the unique patterns of injury associated with these fractures and the development of an individualized plan of treatment for each case produces the best outcome possible. Operative management must include an acceptable reduction and achieve stable internal fixation to justify the added risk of surgical morbidity.

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Injuries of the Talus Wheeless

Menu includes -
- Anterior Talar Impingement Syndrome
- Avascular Necrosis and Salvage of Talus Fractures
- Blood Supply to Talus
- Congenital Vertical Talus
- Talar Head Fracture:
- Fractures of the Talar Neck:
- Lateral Talar Process Frx:
- Posterior Process Talus Frx:
- Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus
- Radiographic Evaluation:
- Sub Talar Dislocation
Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics

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Lateral Talar Process Fracture Wheeless

- two processes, lateral & posterior, project from body of talus;
- either process may be fractured, either as isolated injury or associated with other ankle or talar injuries;
- it is frequently confused with an ankle sprain;
- non union is a frequent complication of displaced lateral process fracture;
Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics

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OTA Talus Fracture Classification

From the OTA Fracture and Dislocation Compendium: Talar fractures.

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Posterior Process Talus Fracture Wheeless

- two processes, lateral & posterior, project from body of talus
- either process may be fractured, either as isolated injury or associated with other ankle or talar injuries;
Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics

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Report from 2000 OTA Meeting

Report from 16th Annual meeting of the OTA contains sections on
A distal tibia/pilon fractures
B Calcaneus Fractures
C Talus Fractures
D Ankle Fractures

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Talus Fractures eMedicine Radiology

Author Julia Crim MD 2004
Contents - Introduction Differentials Radiograph CT Scan MRI Nuclear Medicine Intervention Pictures Bibliography
keywords: astragalus fractures
Fractures of the talus can be divided into types based on the 3 main anatomic divisions of the talus: body, neck, and head. Fractures of the body of the talus are further subdivided based on whether they traverse the main portion of the body or are fractures involving the talar dome, lateral process, or posterior process. Mechanisms of injury, treatment, and prognosis of the different types of talar fractures are markedly dissimilar.

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