A talus fracture can affect the movement of the ankle and foot joints as well as disrupt with ability to walk and bear weight. At the present, the injury typically occurs in vehicular accidents, significant falls and snowboarding accidents.
What are the indications?
An individual with a talus fracture generally has intense ankle pain, difficult bearing weight on the ankle and swelling around the joint. The doctor requests an X-ray to check for a fracture or other injuries.
The usual signs of the injury include:
- Swelling or inflammation around the ankle joint
- Skin bruising
- Pain during movement of the joint
- Fracture blisters
- Difficulty placing weight on the joint
Management of a talus fracture
The treatment for the injury is based on its seriousness. In case an individual has a talus fracture that is not out of alignment, a cast is usually enough. If the fracture is out of alignment, surgery is necessary to realign the fracture as well as stabilize with pins or screws.
The recovery from a talus fracture is a lengthy one since the individual could not place any weight on the extremity until the bone fully heals.
Generally, the fracture requires a minimum of 8-12 weeks to rest from any weight-bearing. For serious cases, the resting period might be longer.
Once there is complete fusion of the ankle, the individual starts a rehabilitation program of physical therapy to restore the range of motion, strength and stability of the ankle joint.
The doctor will also suggest using a cane or special boot. In addition, the individual should not place full weight on the foot for 2-3 months.
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