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Talus - Definition


The talus is a bone in the posterior tarsus, meaning the posterior part of the foot. It is surrounded by the tibia and fibula from above, and the calcaneus bone of the heel from below. It has three joints. It is used for the flexion and extension of the ankle. The talus carries the weight of the body; fractures of the talus are therefore very serious, but fortunately also rare. In cases of trauma and suspected fracture of the talus, x-rays are performed from different points of view. If the fracture did not cause displacement of a bone fragment, an immobilization with a plaster cast is carried out; in case of displacement, surgery is necessary and requires osteosynthesis, a healing process using screws or plates.