Talus fracture is a severe injury that can cause long term or even permanent consequences on your health. It is the bone that makes up the lower part of your lower ankle joint whilst the fibula and tibia bone makes up the upper part. The talus is located above the calcaneus bone which together form the subtalar joint. The joint is essential for walking, particularly in uneven places and thus, injury to the talus can cause further difficulty when walking.
The talus also helps in transferring pressure and weight forces across your ankle joint as it is the main connector between your leg and the foot. It is covered by articular cartilage, which enables it to move smoothly against its neighbour bones.
A talus injury can occur in any part of the bone but in most occasions it breaks in the neck (mid-portion) and on the outside of the bone. When it breaks on the outside, it is called a lateral process, which occurs when you force your ankle out to the side. The injury is classified in terms of its severity based on how much the affected part has moved out of its ordinary position. Common talus injuries can be categorised into:
Stable or Minimally displaced – fractures that are barely out of place as the broken ends are lined up almost correctly and thus, there is no need for surgery to fix the bone.
Displaced fracture – when your talus bone breaks and the bone separates out of its usual position. The displacement of the bone usually relates to the impact that caused the injury. Surgery is required to restore the correct alignment of the bone and also to increase the chances of recovering your normal ankle and foot movement.
Open Fracture – which occurs when the bone breaks through the skin. This injury causes damage to other surrounding parts such as tendons, muscles and ligaments. Furthermore, since the fracture site is exposed to the environment, there is increased risk of infection and complications and usually take longer to heal.
What are the causes and symptoms of Talus Injury?
Talus fractures are usually the result of high impact injuries. The causes can be extensive and can be caused by anything from falls from high places, such as from a ladder, or from car accidents, bicycle accidents or from anything that puts pressure on the knee to cause it to buckle and put pressure on the talus. The injury can also occur as a result of twisting your ankle. Patients with talus injuries usually experience considerable bruising, tenderness and swelling with other symptoms including an inability to put weight on the foot and acute pains.
Treatment and Recovery
Treatment depends on the severity of the injury and can require surgery. Non-surgical treatment is usually for the stable fractures while surgical treatment is for the more severe cases, such as an open fracture. The recovery usually depends on the type of injury and its severity and you will be restricted to walk or lift weight until after eight to 12 weeks. However, you should expect to experience some swelling even several months after the procedure. Furthermore, depending on the type of your job, it can take you even up to a year before you resume work.
Are there complications?
A talus injury is a severe condition that can result in long term problems with your ankle and foot. The complications that can occur can be categorised into early and late complications. Early complications occur immediately after the injury has occurred and are related to swelling & temporary stiffness of the ankle. Late complications usually depend on the severity of the injury. The common late complications include experiencing long-term stiffness with your ankles upward and downward movements. Other complications include avascular necrosis (AVN), arthritis and deformity that may require additional surgery.
Can you claim Talus Injury Compensation?
You can claim talus injury compensation and you may be eligible for compensation. When claiming talus injury compensation, you should also claim for the transportation expenses, medical expenses and lost wages in addition to your pain and suffering. It is also important to note that you can be eligible for compensation irrespective of the severity of the injury. It is also important to note that you can commence the process as soon as possible and that you should not wait for months or even complications to occur to claim compensation.
Most people usually tend to wait until the later stages to start the process but you should note that a medical report will be requested to ensure the severity and possible complications of the injury are factored in the compensation. If you are suffering from talus injury, you should get into contact with Tylers Solicitors for advice on how you can commence the process to claim talus injury compensation. To do so just ring 0800 699 0079 today for a no-obligation chat about your injury.