A talus fracture (heel bone) can be very painful and can lead to serious damage if not treated early and properly. Immediate treatment is essential to prevent aggravating the foot injury.
A podiatrist may recommend a variety of treatment options depending on the severity of the foot injury. Bones that are still relatively aligned can be treated conservatively. However, surgery is recommended for more serious talus fractures. This includes dislocations and major bone breakages. Visit a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment of a talus fracture. Our Doctor is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with Talus fractures.
FIRST AID TREATMENT: (RICE)
R – Rest: Resting your affected foot will help prevent further damage.
I – Ice application: Apply ice as soon as possible to the affected area to help reduce swelling.
C – Compression: Compression will help immobilize your foot as well as reduce swelling that caused by inflammation.
E – Elevate: It is important to elevate the foot above the level of your heart to increase venous return of your blood to your systemic circulation and helps reducing pain and swelling.
Casting: With the help of a cast, the foot is immobilized to promote properly healing without the pressure of weight-bearing. Casting also minimizes the risk of displacement of the broken bones. This is usually done for 6 to 8 weeks depending on your doctor’s discretion and the level of damage done.
Rehabilitation: Once your cast has been removed, physical therapy is advised to restore normal range of motion and strength in your foot and ankle. This will also help you resume normal activities much quicker without compromising the healing process.
Open reduction and internal fixation: A podiatrist may recommend different surgical procedures to treat a talus fracture. Surgical procedures include open reduction and internal fixation to restore normal alignment and returning any bone fragments. Specialized screws or metal places are then used to keep the bones in place.