Importance of Internal Fixation for Talar Neck Fractures
Daniel Levin, Chaim Zinman
Orthopedic Dept. B, Rambam Medical Center and Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
Fracture of the talus, which articulates with 4 other bones in the ankle and foot, must be properly diagnosed, classified and treated to avoid the common complications of post-traumatic osteoarthritis and avascular necrosis. Knowledge of blood supply and anatomy is imperative, since the surgical approach must not damage the few vascular structures that remain intact after the trauma. We present 5 cases of fractures at the neck of the talus. All underwent internal fixation, 1 after closed reduction and 4 after open reduction. In all the results were satisfactory, although 1 patient developed avascular necrosis of the talar body.