20. July 2015 07:21
The Talus is a small bone present right above the heel bone that makes up the lower part of the ankle joint. A high-energy force applied to the ankle can lead to a crack in this bone, causing Talus Fracture.
Types of Talus Fracture:
- Displaced Fracture: In this fracture, the bone breaks and parts of it are moved from their anatomic positions.
- Open Fracture: When the bone breaks through the skin, it is known as an open fracture.
- Accidents: Certain motorcycle accidents or car collisions can cause trauma to the ankle and put pressure on the Talus bone. This can cause displacement of the bone.
- Intense Injuries: Falling from a height or twisting of the ankle can lead to fracture in the talus bone.
- Regular Activities: Application of high pressure on the anklebone can lead to the wear and tear, thus causing a fracture.
- Weak Bones: Certain underlying health conditions such as Arthritis, which reduce bone strength, can also lead to a Talus Fracture.
- Sharp and intense ankle pain
- Inability to bear weight
The ankle doctor may diagnose a Talus Fracture by asking about the patient’s medical history and nature of injury. He may also perform a physical test, by examining the movements and intensity of the pain in the affected joint. The doctor may also ask the patient to undergo certain imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI or CT scan in order to determine the position of the bones and severity of the fracture.
- Medication: The patient may be prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to minimize pain and inflammation in the affected joint. These can also help in reducing numbness and stiffness caused due to the injury.
- Immobilization: The doctor may suggest the patient to rest the ankle for a period and use a cast to hold the bones in place. The patient may be recommended to avoid movement of the affected joint as resting can assist in speeding up the healing process.
- Physical Therapy: Certain stretching exercises can help regain movement in the injured joint. The physiotherapist can minimize stiffness and assist the patient in returning to daily activities.
- Surgery: In severe cases, the patient may be advised to undergo a surgical procedure to restore movement in the ankle.
For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Talus Fracture, visit Dr. Heier in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment with the ankle doctor, call at (972) 492-1334.