The talus bone forms the ankle joint with the lower leg bones and the heel bone below
The talus is responsible for the majority of the inward and outward movement (inversion and eversion) of the foot; together with the calcaneus, the two build the hindfoot of the foot. The talus is furthermore the connection to the lower limb, building the “ankle joint” with fibula and tibia.
Fractures of the talus occur generally in young and active persons (Rockwood et al., 2010) in combination with high-energy injuries. However, low-energy injuries can also result in talus fractures, appearing in different areas of the talar bone.
Recognising a talus fracture can be tricky, as it does not always clearly show on xray (Rockwood et al., 2010). Depending on the severity of the fracture, it can either be treated conservatively or with an surgery. Management involves regaining movement of the ankle and subtalar joints and starting with weightbearing again after the usual couple of weeks non-weight bearing.
Rockwood C.A. et al., 2010, Rockwood and Green’s Fracture in Adults, Volume 1, 7th Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, pp: 2023