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Is a fractured talus the same as a broken ankle?

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Dr. Dustin Cupp answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Possibly: The talus is the "bottom" bone of the ankle joint... The other two bones being the tibia and fibula; so, a broken ankle could refer to a fracture of any one or multiple bones of the joint.

Answered 3/13/2016

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Dr. David Salko answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Yes : The talus is one of the bones that makes up the ankle joint. It is not a common fracture site but is possible with falling injuries and other mechanisms.

Answered 6/19/2015

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Yes: The talus is the bone in the foot that forms the lower part of the ankle joint; the tibia & fibula form the upper, inner, & outer parts. See illustration. Broken ankle can involve any or all of the bony components.`.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

No. : The common term for a fracture of the end of the fibula and sometimes the medial end of the tibia is a broken ankle. A talus fracture is not referred to as a broken ankle by any of us orthopedic trauma surgeons.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Marc Foucher answered

Specializes in Podiatry

No.: No, the talus is part of the ankle and the foot. It sits under your leg bones(tibia and fibula). A talar fracture can be very complicated due to its blood supply. This should be evaluated by a specialist in foot/ankle trauma asap. An ankle fracture usually involves the tibia and/or fibula.

Answered 7/31/2012

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Dr. Rahul Banerjee answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Talus?: The talus is one of the bones of the hindfoot that sits between the ankle joint and the heel bone (calcaneus), a "broken ankle" is not specific and may refer to any one of a number if injuries. Talus fractures often result from high energy injuries and are challenging to treat and recover from.

Answered 3/17/2017

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