Broken talus

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What should you do if you have a broken talus injury?

The talus is a bone found in a large group of foot bones called the tarsus. In the lower section of the ankle joint, the tarsus bones are formed. The talus is a significant bone, as it helps a person to walk on ground that is uneven, helping to transfer weight across the joint in the ankle when this happens.

A fractured talus is likely to cause one to be in very severe pain, show swelling and stop one from putting weight on the affected foot. The most likely cause of injuries to the talus bone comes from vehicular accidents, although some will occur as a result of falls from high places. Increasingly, talus injuries are occurring as a result of snowboarding accidents where the rider has not worn a boot that is rigid enough.

Medical treatment

If you have a fractured or broken talus, you should see a doctor immediately. They will take a loot at your foot and ask you how you injured it. A check of the nerves on your foot will need to be done, as well as a check of your blood flow to ensure that your toes are still receiving blood and circulation hasn’t been cut off. It’s also likely that an ankle and foot X-ray will be required to check for a break or fracture.

In some cases, a CT scan may be needed. From these scans, a fracture or break can be located, and if there is a fracture, they can determine whether any bones have moved out of place or are not aligned properly. Sometimes loose bones can be seen in the scan, which will need to be removed at some stage.

A fractured or broken talus can take a long time to heal, and the process can be difficult as no weight can be placed on the injured ankle. Generally, eight to twelve weeks of protection from weight on the ankle is needed for fractures, and longer for a broken talus. Studies into talus injures have determined that recovery of the injury depends on how severe the initial injury was.

If you have a broken talus injury, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to make a compensation claim, if that is your intention.

Chat to Accident Advice Helpline today

Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury law. You can make a claim with us by calling 0800 689 0500 from your landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. Alternatively, text ‘claim365’ to 88010 and one of our advisers will call you back as soon as possible.

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