Fracture of the Talus
The talus is a bone that is an important part of the ankle joint. It helps to transfer weight and pressure forces across the ankle point. It is located between the tibia and fibula of the lower leg and the calcaneus or heel bone. The tibia and fibula are situated on top and around the sides of the talus and thus form the ankle joint. At the point where the talus meets the calcaneus, it forms the subtalar joint. This joint is essential for individuals walking on uneven ground.
Most injuries to the talus are the result of trauma, such as automobile accidents and falls. These injuries are most often associated with injuries to the lower back. Snowboarding accidents also account for an increasing number of talus fractures, especially when a soft boot is used.