The talus is a small bone in the ankle, positioned between the heel bone and the tibia and fibula. It acts as a connection between the foot and the leg. A fracture of the talus is often the result of an automobile accident or fall from a height. Talus fractures are very painful, causing swelling, tenderness and an inability to bear weight on that foot.
Treatment for talus fractures is essential because if it does not heal correctly, the foot’s mobility may be reduced and chronic pain and arthritis may develop. Some talus fractures can be treated with casting, followed by physical therapy to regain strength and flexibility. In most cases, however, surgery is necessary to realign the injured bones and properly support the joint.