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Hey I was wondering what it felt like to have a fractured talus?

My ankle hurts exactly in that region but not enough to call it a fracture IMO.

Should it hurt like crazy? Or can it be just a slight pinch? I can feel it in that region if I really try (giving it a long stretch) My ankle seems to be healing really well so far (sprained it last Wednesday).

I can walk even run fine, I just don't want to take chances I'll regret later on.


..So what should a fractured talus feel like?

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I've fractured my foot and I couldn't put any weight on it. If it was a fracture you probably wouldnt be walking. The only way to really know is to go see a doc.
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It is most likley not fractured but you should still see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the foot and ankle because if it is a fracture it should be treated quickly. It is more likely that sustained an injury to the cartilage on your talus when you sprained your ankle. It could also be some other condition. A specialist can evaluate and see exactly what is causing your pain. Do not see a podiatrist.
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I'm a podiatry student, so this is my area of specialty. It's possible to have a hairline fracture of the talus or a minor stress fracture and still be able to walk around. You'll have to describe the pain better though, such as location, aggravating factors, etc etc.
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Thx for all your input everyone!! I greatly appreciate it!!

Like I said, I really have to look for the pain. It does not hurt when I walk or anything. I only feel it when I lift up my leg, turn my right ankle inward, making the right side parallel to the ground. It's not a ''ligament type of feeling'' so that's why I ask.

The pain is like a 2/10. (but only when I look for the pain, I don't normally feel it if I'm not stretching it)

The pain comes from right under the big ankle bone part that sticks out on the inwards side (which I am assuming is the Fibula).
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Did you get an x-ray when you injured your ankle? If not you should visit a orthopedic specialist to rule out an ankle or talus fracture. There is really no way to tell sometimes. As kevq suggested you can have a minimally displaced fracture and experience very little pain. It can even be a minimally displaced ankle fracture or more likely you may have injured the cartilage (chondral lesion). There is a very small chance it is talus fracture you don't want to ignore it. Many talus fractures do not heal well without surgical treatment. I would go see a good orthopedic surgeon and get an x-ray and possibly an MRI if indicated. There is really no way to tell without seeing a good specialist. Good luck.
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How long would I have until the ''Many talus fractures do not heal well without surgical treatment'' part?

I live in Canada, old ppl are FLOOOOOOOODDING the free healthcare system. I would not be able to get an MRI before 6 months. Tore my acl+mcl+meniscus and it took me just that, 6 months before I got an MRI.

Couldn't imagine how long they'd make me wait for a pussy ass ankle loll?!
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How long would I have until the ''Many talus fractures do not heal well without surgical treatment'' part?

I live in Canada, old ppl are FLOOOOOOOODDING the free healthcare system. I would not be able to get an MRI before 6 months. Tore my acl+mcl+meniscus and it took me just that, 6 months before I got an MRI.

Couldn't imagine how long they'd make me wait for a pussy ass ankle loll?!
I know what you mean - I have a friend who works as a healthcare provider in Canada and I have heard about how long the waiting lists can be for some procedures and to see a specialist.

Well if it is a talus fracture you do not want to wait - at all. Some talus fractures are worse than others, especially some talar neck fractures since there can be a higher risk of avascular necrosis (AVN) where part of the bone can die because the blood supply has been compromised. Early fracture surgery may possibly prevent or limit development of AVN, if indicated. It is probably unlikely you have a talus fracture but I would still get an x-ray to rule it out since your ankle joints are very important. At the least you should be able to get an x-ray/evaluation just to make sure everything is OK.
Injuries of the Talus - Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics
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Do not see a podiatrist.
Quick question. Why did you tell him not to see a podiatrist? Podiatry can technically cover everything below the hips (depending on the state you practice in).
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Quick question. Why did you tell him not to see a podiatrist? Podiatry can technically cover everything below the hips (depending on the state you practice in).
Nothing personal. Podiatrists do have a very important role in treating conditions of the foot. But I do not think they there is any role for a podiatrist in treatment of fractures of the foot and ankle. I do orthopedic research and have seen several examples where patients have received sub-standard treatment for ankle and foot fractures from podiatrists including an unstable bimalleolar ankle fracture that was left unreduced.
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