The Diagnosis, Management and Complications Associated with Fractures of the Talus

Barnett J.R1, Ahmad MA1, Khan W2, *, O’ Gorman A.3
1 Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP, UK
2 Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ, UK
3 Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, The Whittington Hospital, Magdala Ave, London, N19 5NF, UK

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Fractures of the talus are uncommon injuries that can have devastating consequences. The blood supply to the talus is tenuous and injuries are associated with a higher incidence of avascular necrosis and malunion. Talar neck fractures are the most common fractures. This review looks at the different types of fractures of the talus, particularly focusing on talar neck fractures. The diagnosis and management are discussed as well as the complications.

Keywords: Talus, Fractures, Blood supply, Talar neck fractures, Complications.