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Question: Several Months ago I fractured my talus (ankle bone above heel). I have tried a couple of things to rehabilitate my ankle: Flamingo Stands, toes raises, and balancing on the injured foot. I cannot do flamingo stands without holding onto something for balance. Do you have any tips for rehab for a talus fracture?

July 18, 2006 at 10:41 pm
(1) hbartley says:

I have a partially shattered talus and had my ankle fused. I would suggest stationary bike to start. Ballet moves will improve your upper (thigh) muscles. I could use advice on dealing with pressure building in the ankle that would normally be relieved by cracking the joint.

July 21, 2006 at 7:51 am
(2) Anth says:

I fractured my talus 5 months ago. I am in rehab now but finding it difficult to get walking again.
I would appreciate some advice.

August 13, 2006 at 11:31 pm
(3) david says:

i had motorcycle accident 2 weeks ago where i sustained a small fracture through the posteroinferior and medial edge of talus and transverse fracture of the medial malleolas+subluxation at the midtalar joints i am curently in plaster and am wondering what are the best ways to hehabilatate such an injury anything i can do to make it heal quicker how long will i be in plaster no surgery was performed stayed in hospital for 1 week i have no pain or swelling now can you please give me some advise will try anything as i need to be mobile asap. thank you

September 15, 2006 at 12:22 pm
(4) TJ says:

I fractured my talus 5 months ago (non displaced in the body of the talus). Still in a boot and using crutches. Any tips for rehab (whenever I get to that point!) would be much appreciated.

July 18, 2007 at 11:43 am
(5) Jerry says:

Stretching is the most important. Swimming helps too. Strength would be the last thing to worry about. Massage is important. How is the blood flow? If no AVN just work hard at it. It takes a good year to walk correctly if not longer.

November 12, 2008 at 3:21 am
(6) Jerry says:

I had a type II Talus fracture from a motorcycle accident. I was on an external fixator for two months. I was told not to bear any weight the whole time I was on the fixator. After the two months, I went to physical therapy. It’s been three months and I am still pretty stiff. What I do is try to stick to my physical therapy schedule as much as possible. Apply heat using a heat pad (buy from CVS that is micro-wavable). I take the highest dosage of my pain pills two hours before I do physical therapy at night. This helps me push really hard and get some range of motion before going to sleep. Also, stretch and get the range by working very at it and soon after, do resistance exercises to make the range permanent and gain strength over the newfound range. Feel free to email me. I’m hopeing to run someday but at this point, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen any time soon. I am praying to God that I don’t get AVN. God bless all off you. If you guys are riders and going back to riding, please wear high boots with metal plates re-enforcement.

November 20, 2008 at 1:26 am
(7) angie says:

I had a Hawkins 3 or 4 (there is some disagreement) fracture of the talus a year and three months ago in a car accident. I was non weightbearing for eight months and had two surgeries, but my ankle is still causing me severe pain. I have AVN and I know that is part of it, but I really was hoping to find out if there are any shoes that might help the pain. I REALLY want to avoid a fusion as I am only 26 and still can’t run or hop or walk long distances. Crazy bone to break, right?

November 22, 2008 at 7:09 am
(8) barry says:

i fractured my talus and damaged my ligaments severly. I found swimming and cycling for a few weeks helps immensly. after that i was pushing harder with my stretches that were provided for me and i’ve also found very hot baths and keeping the foot warm is a must. its been 3 months now and im 2-3 weeks from playing regular footie again. i hope i can help somebody speed their recovery

November 25, 2008 at 11:50 am
(9) jb says:

Just wanted to let everyone know there are some cases that are not all gloom and doom! I had a non-displaced talus fracture on Oct. 11, 2008. I read as many articles on this as I could find and quite honestly was getting pretty depressed. My doc was kind enough to let me use a walking boot, which I still had from an avulsion fracture a year ago, rather than putting me in a hard cast. He still said no weight for 6-8 weeks. Surprisingly, after 3.5 weeks, I was able to walk in the boot with minimal pain, so I abandoned the crutches. Went back to doc after 5 weeks, and he said swelling, pain, and motion appeared to be a couple weeks ahead of schedule. He said I could begin working out of the boot. I have only put it back on 1 day since Nov. 17 and that was because the ankle swelled that day for some reason. Nov. 23 (6 weeks from injury) I was able to walk through the woods to deer hunt with my boy, and next week, I plan to be out as long as I can stand it. I definitely have pushed this injury harder than the doctor suggested, but after he looked at the foot, he thought it was healing faster than he expected. I may pay for it later, but for now, I am still in pain yet seeing improvements every week.

February 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm
(10) John says:

On July 30, 2008 I fractured both my talus’, wore an external fixator for three weeks, required internal fixation, and was none weight bearing for 4 1/2 months. I was very fortunate not to develop AVN on either side. I am now able to walk normally most days but still can’t jog. A few of thoughts on recovery: 1) Stretch a lot. I thought I was but then developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot which has interferred with my PT. 2) try a bone growth stimulator 3) Excercise/PT as much as possible. 4) Work to regain balance. Don’t push it and keep stretching.

March 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm
(11) Joseph Rubin says:

I was in an motorcycle on Feb 8th, had what was called a fucture of the left talus. I don’t know what all that meant but after the first hospital they did x-rays and ct scans on the ankle. What told that the talus bone was fucture in 20 pieces, I think the doctor was over stating it but whatever, was also told that the foot was out of joint and the the muscle, tendons and everything else was all out of wack. Was transferred to a second hospital that handle trama. The next day I went into surgury and had to have some of my hip bone grafted to the talus bone. Spent a week in the hospital before I was released. Went home in what I would guess was a walking boot but was told no walking or pressure on the foot so to make sure they gave me a walker instead on crutches. On February 25th went back to the doctor had the stiches taken out of the foot and the staples out of the hip, had new x-ray and than was put in to a cast again told not to walk or put presurre on the foot. I go back to the doctor on the 25th of March. It will be 6weeks by the time I go back to the doctor since my accident. Every day the foot tinges and ackes and everytime I put the foot down it feels like it is getting swollen and turns bright red. I guess bc I put in the air all day long. I dont know what the doctor is going to tell me on the 25th but hopefully it will be good news bc one day I would like to walk and maybe ride a new motorcycle ” as long as my wife doesn’t know”. Has anyone had this kind of facture of the talus and if so can you tell me how it is turning or turned out for you.

May 9, 2009 at 12:23 am
(12) TJ says:

I sustained a non-displaced fracture in the body of the talus in the spring of 2006 and was non-weight bearing for almost 6 months. I spent that time working on core strength and I think that helped my recovery. In rehab I started with walking in a pool – alot – then progressed to swimming and biking. Lots of squats and lunges. Walking on solid ground came only after a couple of months. The ankle ached and swelled after significant walking for about a year and a half post rehab. Took almost 2 years to get back into heels. I can run now 5-6 miles a week but am scared to do more. Doc said probably no running but I’m grateful I can do some. Wondering if anyone else with injury has been able to run significant distances post recovery? My fracture was not complicated and did not require surgery.

July 30, 2009 at 11:36 pm
(13) Missy says:

Ruben: We are very close in time frames. Finally, I am 3 days walking withOUT any aids, crutches/cane. Dr appt today – being told no AVN – had Hawkins 3 dislocate/T-Fracture so very high rate of AVN. I have been so careful and continue to elevate my foot every night in bed on a pillow. Hope you’re doing well too – not ALL Talus fractures are gloom and doom. Still a long way to go but am improving – thankfully.

September 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm
(14) Amanda says:

i had a carwreck last summer
and shattered my talus. he said it looked like a bomb had went off in my foot. and instead of replacing the the broken peices, i now have a 2 cm chunk of bone missing. It bothers me still everyday and somedays i walk with a limp. I cannot run or jog at all.

October 6, 2009 at 12:30 am
(15) missy says:

Well, here it is, 8 months to the day of the car wreck… Just got the dx today -AVN is present. NOT good news. Mobility and swelling look good but Xray – not so good. Very disappointing and feels like a death sentence for my career… Still thankful to be alive after that drunk driver almost took us out.

October 21, 2009 at 8:51 pm
(16) kath says:

I suffered a trimalleolar fracture with open reduction and internal fixation 16 weeks ago. I have been out of the cast and in a boot for the past two weeks and gradually trying to improve weight-bearing and range of motion. After reading everyone else’s comments, I feel less frustrated with the seemingly slow progress I have been working so hard for. Goodlord what have we done to ourselves!

November 1, 2009 at 10:47 pm
(17) Ozlem says:

HI Guys,

I fractured my right ankle (fibula) about 2weeks ago. The doc gave me 4 to 6 weeks for the fracture to heal. I’m currently in a walking boot but NOT bearing any weight on it at all. I was told if I want it to heal properly, it is better not to bear any weight until at least at 4 weeks. What do you all think? I read about the mother that went hiking, etc and she even confessed she may pay for it later because she started walking too soon.

I guess patience is the key… :)

If anyone was working at the time, how long before anyone went back to work? I’m an office worker and I don’t think I could take work on at the moment.

Like someone said, ‘What have we all done to ourselves?’ hahaha – Oh well, that’s the price we pay for being active I guess.

November 3, 2009 at 1:18 am
(18) missy says:

ALWAYS do what your doc recommends. My fracture was very different than yours but if your doc says don’t walk on it or don’t bear weight – there is a good reason for that advice. I was non-weight bearing for 12 wks then it felt like i had to re-learn how to walk – I am STILL limping, 9 months later.

November 3, 2009 at 8:12 am
(19) Colin says:

Hi, It’s 10 weeks now since my accident which left me with a broken talar neck (Hawkins 2). The silly thing is I only fell about 6′ from a ladder. My plaster was removed at 6 1/2 weeks, but I’m still not weight bearing, but am slowly gettig some movement back. I’m at the hospital tomorrow for my next checkup to see how the fracture is healing. I’ll keep you all posted and just can’t wait to start walking again…one day…. :)

November 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm
(20) Colin says:

Well, just back from hospital and so far so good. I’m going to be at least 14 weeks non weight bearing, but I am about to start intensive physiotherapy. Each stage is that bit closer to taking my first steps again :) Can’t wait

November 4, 2009 at 4:06 pm
(21) Genny says:

I shattered my talus 6 months ago and after surgery was left with 2 screws and a pin. I had a Hawkins III. I am able to walk with a slight limp, but this injury is life altering. I know I will never be able to run. I am hoping to ride horses again someday but I am waiting until I am at least 1 year post-op. I just got back from the Doctor and there seems to be a good blood flow to the talus. My only problem is one of the fractures is not healing. Anybody out there have that issue? All in all I am thrilled with my progress. I am still on the Ultram and probably will be for some time.

November 4, 2009 at 9:13 pm
(22) John O says:

F.Y.I. 47 year old male. On Feb/08/09 I fractured and dislocated my right talus in a motorcycle jump gone BAD.I needed an open reduction/internal fixation surgery that left me with 2 screws,No weight bearing for 12 weeks and some nerve damage. 9 months later i’m only about %75 recovered. The good news is it looks like no AVN. The bad news is after 16 weeks of P.T. I still have quite a bit of pain,and pins and needels feeling on the bottom of my foot and in my toes.I walk with a limp and I also developed plantar fasciitis,that requiers me to wear a removable cast at night. I am still not back to work. I work for Fed-ex and would be on my feet “ALL DAY”. I stretch and ride my Mt. bike as P.T. but I still can’t even walk for more then an hour without a lot of pain and swelling. I have broken arms and legs in the past,but never has it taken even close to this long to heal. I remember the doc telling me after the surgey it would be 9 months to a year before I would be back on a motorcycle. I just though he did not like bikes! Well,lets all keep working at it. It’s way to early for the wheel chair… ALSO: For you newbees that are freshly broken… I used a devise to get around without crutches called I-WALK-FREE. I found it in a moto-x mag. I bought mine on e-bay. and it was worth every penny.You strap it to your leg and you can walk without crutches.But you do walk like a pirate…

November 10, 2009 at 11:14 am
(23) Colin says:

Hi, Just wondered how others have got on driving since a talar neck fracture? I drive quite long distances in the UK for my work and was wondering if I should get my car adapted so the accelerator can be opperated with my left foot, as I’m not sure what the movement and strength will be like in my right foot since the break. Thanks Colin

November 13, 2009 at 8:08 pm
(24) missy says:

Colin -We are close in time frames – 2/5/09 – Hawkins III dislocated, double fractured talus. I just found out after 8 months that AVN is present – Pain is back and increasing significantly. Totally sucks. Am back at work but… I have 6 screws and a plate. I will probably limp all my life or until I have to get ankle replacement. I am no longer in PT, they can’t help any more. I do my own PT by walking in the pool and daily walking. Lots of remaining nerve damage too, numbness and tingling on bottom of foot.

I was hit head on by a drunk driver, was lucky to survive with “just” a broken ankle. This IS life altering and career ending in some cases..

November 13, 2009 at 8:11 pm
(25) missy says:

Sorry – I meant John (#22), we are close in time frames.
Colin: I busted up my left ankle so driving is ok – although I could not drive for 4 months post accident.

November 21, 2009 at 9:54 pm
(26) Genny says:

I has surgery May 5th 2009 for a shattered Talus (Hawkins III) I thought I weighed 50 ilbs when I went to reach for a blanket on a high shelve. Needless to say I jammed the injured foot and broke the shelf. I am worried that I did something bad to it. Weight bearing has become painful and uneven ground is unbearable. Anybody re-injure after surgery?

November 22, 2009 at 12:37 am
(27) missy says:

Genny – no re-injury but I also had Hawkins III T-fracture/dislocation. I got AVN diagnosis at 8 mo check up. I think my Doc saw it before them but was certain at 8 mo. I thought i was done with pain but not anymore…. at least for now it’s sporadic but will get worse.. dang it!!! never hurts to call your doc and get in for an xray!

November 26, 2009 at 8:52 am
(28) Genny says:

Do you have the hawkins sign at 12 weeks or so?

November 26, 2009 at 9:16 am
(29) Russ says:

I also had a talar neck fracture in Oct of 2004 from a motorcycle accident. I was in a cast for 6 months. As of today, my ankle and whole foot is always in pain. I can walk fine without a limp, but at the end of the day it starts to swell up. The range of motion is so small. I miss running and being active. I wish there was a way to fix this. I’m in the military, and every year I go to a medical board because of this. I hate this. I miss being active. Anyways Happy Thanksgiving.

November 30, 2009 at 12:44 am
(30) missy says:

Genny: Yes, I did have partial hawkins sign on Xray at 12 weeks. Looks like partial AVN so far, unknown how bad but I’m struggling today…. LOTS of nerve pain and swelling… ARGH!!! trying to stay positive though.

December 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(31) jay says:


i had a minor fracture which wasnt noticed on the first x ray. was seen 2 weeks later, had no cast and started physio but ankle is still very sore. physio say that cant do anymore. ankle is not healing one year on. unable to run and still in great pain.

anyone any suggestions on what may be the problem?


December 5, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(32) Jayson says:

On October 24, 2009 a fell of off a ladder and was told by the Emergency room doctor and three days later by an Orthopidic that I had grade 3 ankle sprain. After 5 weeks of physical thearpy, weight bearing excersise, walking with out the aid of a boot/crutch I just couldn’t take the pain. Went back to the Orthopedic who took the third set of x-rays and found out my Talus was fratured. The next day I saw a specialist who would have performed surgery 5 weeks earlier but now placed me in a cast for 5 weeks then most likely a boot for 4 weeks.
Frustrated the doctors missed this injury!

December 11, 2009 at 10:34 pm
(33) jb says:

i was the one who said the talus fracture was not all gloom and doom. I LIED!! I obviously pushed too hard after 4 weeks in boot. had surgery 8 months ago, still in constant pain and cant run or even jog. Turns out, the doc didnt set one of my screws deep enough and when my ankle flexs upward the leg bone is hitting the screw. getting ready for my second surgery to have bone spur removed and get my screws taken out. I also developed osteochondrolesion which means the bone turned spongy because I was walking on it before it was given a chance to heal. I,m 43 and fear that I will never be able to walk pain free again. I have also developed severe pain in my non-injured foot because of walking improperly for 14 months.

December 16, 2009 at 9:59 pm
(34) missy says:

JB: have you been reading my mind… Nearly everything you wrote is my situation as well…. no indication my screws weren’t set deep enough but i got the spurs etc…. My doc wants me to quit my career… Can’t do that due to $$. My surgery was 2/6/09 so not too far off on time frames either… WOW. This bites so bad… Also, now am told I am NOT a candidate for ankle replacement, only fusion which is a definate career ender… Keeps getting better and better…. :(

December 24, 2009 at 7:11 am
(35) Colin says:

Hi, Well it is now just over 17 weeks since my hawkins grade 2 fracture. I had 14+ weeks non weight bearing and I’ve now been weight bearing and walking on it for the last 3 weeks and its going ok so far. The xray at 14 weeks looked good so I am told with no sign of the original break (apart from 2 screws!!) I’m now walking ok without crutches and the pyhsio is pleased with progress. I’m finding it hard having a lack of movement upwards but I hope to improve this with various exercises, nearly every day I’m seeing improvements. It’s just so good to be walking again. From what I’ve been told by my consultants, a talar fracture must be operated on promptly and must not be weight bearing for a minimum of 12 weeks, if not more. I know I’ll probably not run again and I won’t be playing football, but as long as I can do most things I’ll be happy (may be even get back up the ladder which caused this in teh first place!!). Merry Christmas from the UK and here’s to a good, mobile 2010. :)

December 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm
(36) Joseph Rubin says:

John O, I was in my motorcycle accident in Feb 8th also, I was in surgury for 6 hours to repair the damage. I got hip bone placement, metal plate, 3 screws and 1 pin. I have nerve damage on the calf and foot. I was non weight bearing for 16 weeks and partical for another 8 weeks. I walk with a limp because the foot with not pivot up or down. Was told no AVN at that time. Went to the doctors today December 28th and was told I have a little AVN deveolping in the right side of the bone, but he is hoping that is all I get but will not know for 3 to 4 more months. I still walk with a limp but have found that it is easier to walk with the new skechers shape up because the have a rocker bottom to help me with the pivoting.They releive the pain and sweeling some what. I still get sweeling everyday even worse when I am working because I wear regular boots and am on my feet for 10 hours a day. My doctor doesnt want me to ride my motorcycle again. Doctor told me to find a new job…yeah like that will happen in todays market.

January 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm
(37) Jill says:

Just over two weeks ago I suffered an avulsion fracture from the dorsum of the neck of the left talus. My orthopaedic consultant is treating this like a severe 3rd degree sprain of the ankle despite the fracture and I have had no cast and am full weight bearing. I have some pain, swelling and bruising but not what I would call severe. My physio has started rehab but says it may be up to 6 months before I can run again. Has anyone else had a talus fracture treated in this way? I am concerned that no cast will mean the avulsion will not heal.

January 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm
(38) Melisha says:

Hi All, I was thrown from my horse Oct,24th 2009 and broke my Talus. the first Dr. told me it was a bad sprain and then after two weeks of trying to walk on it with no success, at my 2 week was told my talus was fractured. I had surgery 2 days later. Open reduction internal fixation and in my 8th week of non weight berring. I have one more month of no weight and another 6 weeks partial weight. I was hoping to ride my horse again this summer, but from the sound of the stories on here, I will be lucky if I can walk. Life on cruches in the winter sucks. I just hope I can hike with my dogs again someday. Feeling really down, right now and scared of AVN. Good luck to all of you. Thanks

February 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(39) Colin says:

Hi, well it’s 6 months now since my grade 2 talar neck fracture, and progress is ok so far. I’m walking well, and nearly jogging slowly (well enough to keep up with my 5 year old son) I’m going on 3+ mile walks in forests and have even been back up a ladder. My range of movement is quite poor, but it surpises me how soon you adjust to this. I’m not back at hospital now for another 6 months, but physio is still ongoing. Hope everyone else is getting on ok. Regards Colin

February 23, 2010 at 12:58 am
(40) ray says:

About 1 month ago i suffered a type 3 fracture to my left talus bone and had surgery the next day and dr told me no pressure what so ever for at least 3 months. Disregarding his advice ia have 3 young children, no insurance and work for myself doing flooring work i am already back at work, wearing shoes and walking on it some with minimal pain. still using crutches some though. I’m just wondering if its a good idea to keep doing what im doing if it doesn’t hurt that bad. any advice would be appreciated!!!

February 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(41) Genny says:

Please listen to your doctor. A type III is very serious. You might be setting yourself up for your Talus to collapse, AVN and all sorts of problems.

February 24, 2010 at 11:12 pm
(42) missy says:

I am now almost 13 months post injury/surgery for Hawkins III dislocation, T-fracture of talus. Just had my year check up – IF what we are seeing is AVN it has not progressed. Which is very good news. Doc fairly sure a small portion of bone is avn affected but at least it’s not getting worse. She has referred me back to PT for strength training since I refuse to give up my job like she wants me to.
ALWAYS listen to your DOC…. This is not an injury to mess with at all…..

February 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm
(43) Genny says:

I too like Missy had a Hawkins III. I am 10 months post-op and feeling really good. I know I have limitations do to the injury, but if I take it easy my day to day life is good. I walk without a limp most days. If I over do it, the next couple of days are painful. I can no longer run or ride horses, but the fact I can walk with out a limp is huge. For all you shattered Talus’s out there; It is a life altering injury. Keep your chin up and enjoy every little progression. Cheers to new hobbies! I sure need to find one. :)

February 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(44) Karthik says:

Hi all,I met with an bike accident on August 29th, 2009. Fractured my left talus neck bone and had surgery 5 days later. This delay was due to the doctor who first diagnosed me. He took an x-ray and told me “Nothing to alarm”. I didn’t find any improvement and 4 days later, I went to another ortho specialist and he told me that I had fracture on talus bone. Doctor inserted 8 k-wire pins and it was removed after 2 months followed by casting for 2 months. Now I am walking with the limp because of my restricted ankle movement. Pain and swelling is decreasing day by day. Am back to my college for second semester after missing the first semester in MBA completely. My next checkup is on march 15 and I am really worried about AVN. I just hope that I can walk without a limp someday. I am trying hard to be positive. please advice me if you have anything to say.

February 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm
(45) Genny says:

Chin up, you are doing great! You really won’t know where you stand for another 6 to 7 months. At your stage I was still dealing with allot of pain. If you can keep exercising by swimming, stationary bike, strengthen your core. I had really good luck with finding a personal trainer that specialized in injury rehab. This will help keep your attitude positive, and don’t over do it. Listen to your foot.

February 27, 2010 at 11:05 am
(46) Joseph Rubin says:

I just went to see a specialist about my talus fracture becuase it has been a year and I still am not walking correctly. The ankle sweels up everyday the foot will not pivot up or down any and it hurts like hell. After a CT scan was told that AVN was setting in and that the tulas bone was dying. The bone never fully healed as my previous doctor stated. I did everything the doctor asked of my stayed off off it for 4 months, went to rehab every day, and whatever else was asked of me but becuase the talus fracture was very serious there was a big chance it would never heel right and would die. The specialist is now telling me I have 3 choices, 1. let it be, even through I walk side ways, 2. fusion on the ankle, 3. ankle replacement with particle funsion of the ankle, the only problem with that is the ankle replacement will not last my lifetime. Question is, how long will it last? I am 37 will it last 30 years and if so whay new technology will we have by than that can replace it.

February 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm
(47) Karthik says:

Genny – Thanks a lot for your encouragement. My doctor advised me to do cycling, squats, walking, and swimming. He also advised me to try up and down movements in hot water. How was your ankle movement after 6 months from surgery. Because my foot is going slightly sideways because of my restricted ankle movements.

February 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(48) Genny says:

I had limited movement. You really have to focus on walking correctly. My range of motion has definitely increased since 6 months, but I am not 100%, I’m about 75% and probably will remain that way. I always do my PT exercises in a hot tub it really helps. You should practice in the pool walking correctly that is how I started. I do still have an issue with steps, going up is no problem but i do struggle with strength coming down. It’s all about retraining that foot correctly and it takes a long time. I feel very fortunate that I am doing so well. You sound like you are on a good path.

March 1, 2010 at 10:26 am
(49) TP says:

I was in a severe auto accident in ’79, fractured dislocation of the R talus with a closed reduction. There were many other injuries, and these kept me in the hospital for 6 weeks. Because my patella also had to be removed, I was in a full length cast for 3 months and then cut down to below the knee for another 3.
I wore a prosthetic for 2 years and worked for many years in physically demanding jobs with only occasional problems. As things progressed I had more and more problems with my ankle. The bone Dr. said it will have to come out one day. AVN
A landscaping injury in ’97 required 3 years of inactivity, serious pain meds and a lot of babying.
In 2004 I vowed to do more to get into shape and was able to slowly start running. Walk a little, run a little, until
I could run almost a mile at a time. The first time in 25 years.
In ’06 a teenage boy pulled out in front of me on a major roadway. I broke off the brake pedal with my right(and left) foot. Thankfully, the ankle was not destroyed, but the struggle starts all over again. I can’t walk any distance on a regular basis without it swelling up. I am going off the pain meds in the next 2 weeks, I’m down to a third of my prescription and I hope it (again) goes well.

I would like to comment about this problem:

Take care of your ankle, limit your activitiy,
every step you take in your youth may be one less
you get to take later in life. IMHO YP

March 7, 2010 at 11:36 am
(50) Carrie says:

I was in a car accident a year ago. Both feet were pinned between the dashboard and floorboard. I shattered both the left and right talus and the left and right calcaneous. One doctor told me that my feet were essentially amputated in the accident. According to the “medical community” it is “impossible” to repair injuries as extensive as mine. The first three hospitals I was transferred to suggested full amputation below the knees. Then I found Dr. Benirshke at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He rebuilt both feet and today, only a year later I am walking! It hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been impossible either. I don’t require any pain medication other than some occasional ibuprofen. Dr. Benirshke is the most incredible doctor and person you will ever meet! If you are struggling with foot and ankle problems and want the best….you have to see Dr. Benirshke!

March 11, 2010 at 6:07 am
(51) Genny says:

You are inspirational. Cheers!

March 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(52) dennis says:

On Feb 3, 2010 I was in an auto accident and sustained a Hawkins 4 talus bone injury. Two thirds of the bone separated and moved about an inch or so to the back of my foot. I had immediate surgery and now have two screws holding the displaced talus together. I am in a non weight bearing cast and will be for at least six months. The doctor told me I have a 100% chance of AVN. I have been doing extensive research on this injury and have found an institution in Baltimore (Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy) that offers several treatments for this disorder. They are:
1. Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) This is a non surgical method that increases the blood supply to the talus.
2. Vascularized bone grafting. Transplanting tiny blood vessels onto the talus
3. Drilling if the talus. This can potentially incease blood flow to the talus.
Has anyone ever had any of these techniques used on them or heard of anyone who has? If so what were the results? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

April 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(53) Genny says:

Just bought a pair of Shape-ups. (MTB) These are great for my type of injury. Way better than regular tennis shoes.

April 2, 2010 at 12:50 am
(54) missy says:

Dennis – I’m so sorry about ur injury. You are almost 1year behind me exactly. I was a dislocated, Hawkins III t-fracture of talus. This is such a sloooowww healing bone and injury. My doc did the bone graft during my surgeryn and I am just showing small portion of AVN so far.

Research is slim on this injury – might check out Seattle Harborview Medical Center – I’ve also heard good things about them. I am still healing and trying to be patient. THis is a very difficult injury to recover from – do EVERYTHING your doc tells u to!!!

You will need a lot of support to get through this injury – it has potential to be very depressing

April 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm
(55) Jason says:

Good thing I found out about this website! :-) I had an accident last Jan. 17, 2010, I slipped on a stairs on the edge of a cliff. In short, I fell down on the cliff about 10 feet high. I had a broken right Talus. It’s been 3 months already and the talus has not yet in union. Now my doctor is asking me to under go MRI so that he could see if AVN is present (I hope its not). Does the injury of the Talus really heals so slow? its been 3 months already and I can’t even manage to put weight on my right foot. Can I still drive a car? If I happen to have an AVN can I still manage to walk normally? Im still not back at work. I realy believe that injuryof the talus is a Life and Career ender!

April 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(56) meghan says:

Wow, I’m amazed by the problems people are having. I had a non displaced fracture of the Talus after falling off my horse Dec. 31, 2010. I was on crutches with a tenser bandage for nearly a month, doctors kept telling me I was a wimp and to start walking on it. Eventually they caved and did a CT scan and discovered the fracture. I was then in a fiberglass cast for 4 weeks, then an aircast for 5 weeks which I was able to walk with. I got the aircast off on March 29th and was told I could bear full weight. I had my first appointment with the physiotherapist on Wednesday and was given around 12 exercises to do twice a day, to start to regain strength and flexibility in my ankle. They seem to be working well. My best advice for others is to follow what the doctor tells you and keep off it if your not supposed to be on it. Also my orthopedic surgeon told me I didn’t need physio but I went against what he said and do not regret it. It makes for a better and faster recovery. Hopefully I have no complications. Good luck to all and I hope others have as speedy a recovery as I have had.

April 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm
(57) dennis says:

missy–thanks for your comment–i’ve arranged to have shock wave therapy at Mercy
Foot and Ankle Clinic in Baltimore. The MD who runs it (Dr. Myerson) is supposedly one of the foremost foot and ankle physicians in the US. They put you out for 20 minutes during this procedure and bombard your talus with very high level ultrasound. The purpose being to increase blood flow to the talus by promotiong new vascular growth.–very important in avoiding AVN. Apparantly they’ve had some encouraging results with this therapy. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Good luck to you–if this works on me it might be something to consider.

April 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm
(58) Genny says:

5/5/09 Hawlins III Talus Injury 2 screws and a Pin
Just got back from the 1yr check-up with good news bad news. The good news is I have no AVN and fractures are totally healed. Bad news is I will need a subtalar Fusion due to arthritis. Anyone out there experience this surgery? From what I read it is a bear and another long recovery.

April 26, 2010 at 6:30 am
(59) Jason says:

I have a fractured Talus. AVN is present and the injury is not yet healing. It’s been almost 4 months already from the date of the accident. I’m now scheduled for a Fusion of the Ankle. Very bad!

April 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm
(60) Genny says:

Now that is the surgery I was most scared of. I feel for you Jason. How old are you and what happened?

May 1, 2010 at 5:01 am
(61) Gary says:

Im amazed at how many people have un diagnosed talus fractures . I fractured mine Jan 2009 falling from a ladder and went undiagnosed for 3 months before surgery . 1 year and four months on Im still in severe pain and will be undergoing futher surgery in the next few months . does anyone know anybody that ends up virtually pain free after a talus fracture ??

May 3, 2010 at 11:43 pm
(62) Jason says:

Hi Genny! When I was admitted to the Hospital last Thursday April 29 and getting ready for the my Ankle Fusion my Doc ask for a latest X-ray (which was done on that day). A good news came upon when my Doc came to visit me in my room. He reported that based on my latest X-Ray, the talus fracture in slowly healing. He told me that I have a “delayed union”so he called off the operation and he’ll put me into an aircast boot for 8 weeks. Well atleast the ankle fusion is called off as of the moment. Really a good news for me.

Im only 32 years old. I happened to slip on a staircase and eventually fell from to a deep ravine on the edge of my aunts house. I have been reporting to the office for almost 4 months already.

But my Doc told me that if after 8 weeks and the injury is still in the same condition. he will proceed to the fusion. I hope it will not get to that.

May 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(63) Joe says:

Very active and lively blog here! Congrats on all the interaction!

I’m an older guy, 61 y/o, but still very active, frequent golfer, at least until I suffered a displaced break of my left medial malleolous (lower tip of the shin bone) and a fracture of the fibula just above the ankle on March 17th. Had to have surgery to insert two screws to repair the separated break, and have just recently been given leeway to walk (with a boot & crutches) and do assorted exercises to gain some flexibility and strength in my affected ankle. The bones appear to be healing as they should, so setting of the fractures seems to be as expected.

Just wondering if anybody else has suffered the same or a similar injury, and how long it might take to get back to some semblance of normalcy as far as stability, strength, & flexibility. It’s been eight weeks since the break, six weeks since the surgery.

My main concern is the continued swelling I have after all this time, and the fact that it inhibits the flexibility exercises I’ve been given, just due to the bulkiness in my ankle getting in the way. I don’t have a great deal of pain unless I force my ankle into an extreme position, so discomfort isn’t a major issue.

Any comments, advice, sympathy, etc?

May 17, 2010 at 1:54 am
(64) Jason says:

Hi Joe. Lower extremities really heals slower that expected. Because blood circulation is poor in that area. In y case I have been no weight bearing for 16 weeks already. Im now on a boot with crutches. My Doctor is predicting another 2 months before my fractured talus bone heals properly.

Lower extremity injury usually takes 6 months or more for it to be totally healed.

May 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm
(65) Elizabeth says:

(56) Megan: Horses! I feel your pain.

I suffered a Hawkings III fracture in 09/26/07 after falling off of my horse, had OR/IF totally non-weight bearing for 6 mo., 4 mo. physical therapy after that. I didn’t develop AVN, but did develop CRPS and have had 1 nerve block and 5 epidurals to date for that. Early ’09 suffered avulsion fractures of the same talus along with my fibula and was in a cast for 4 weeks and in PT for 4 more weeks. Been in and out of doctors and PT ever since and have tried pretty much everything under the sun. Ultrasound, Manual Therapy, Laser Therapy, E-stim, Water Terapy, Contrast Bathes, straight up PT, one very brief and traumatizing stint with a chiropractor—and I’m better off than I was three years ago, but still so far from where I wish I was. (Can’t drive, ride the horse, run, etc.) Doctors are hesitant to preform a fusion because i. my age (17 at injury, now 20) and ii. risk of CRPS flares. Has anyone had any luck with any alternate therapies?

May 23, 2010 at 9:19 pm
(66) Joan says:

I fell from a horse in late March and the emergency room sent me home with a bad sprain and told it would take weeks to heel. Four weeks later, when I still wasn’t able to walk I followed up with an orthopaedist who diagnosed a fractured talus. Surgery within days of that. Now, months of non-weight bearing to come. Missing the original diagnosis dramatically increased my chances of AVN because they had to rebreak the bone in surgery – exposing my bones to that same acute recovery period AGAIN. Anyway, glad to have found this forum and others suffering through the same sorts of injuries.

June 6, 2010 at 1:50 am
(67) missy says:

Dennis (57): I would be VERY interested in your results from Baltimore. I really hope you get some positive results and relief. My AVN has not increased and my ankle actually feels GOOD now. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that. I started riding stationary bike and that’s made all the difference. I am 16 months post injury (2/5/09) – head on car crash hit by a Very DRUNK driver…
Please post your progress and best of luck to you.

June 6, 2010 at 1:52 am
(68) missy says:

Dennis (57): I would be VERY interested in your results from Baltimore. I really hope you get some positive results and relief. My AVN has not increased and my ankle actually feels GOOD now. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that.
Please post your progress and best of luck to you.

June 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(69) Jason says:

I went to my doc last week and good news! my fractures talus is slowly getting in union. So fusion of the ankle might not be pushing through. Prayer really is the best medicine! Chin up brothers and sisters! there is still hope for our cases! My doc told me that there are a lot of other orthos who are curious about my case because here in my country talus injury automatically leads to the fusion of the ankle. But now im allowed to bear weight at least 30%. Im now on my 6th month prior to my accident.

June 28, 2010 at 8:23 am
(70) Jason says:

I’m now graduated from the crutches. My Doc allowed me to put full weight bearing and I can now stand on both legs. Im now practicing walking with a cane. My heel hurts a little bit maybe because it’s not been used for 6 months. Now, Im looking forward to come back to work and do my regular activities. Keep the faith brother and sisters! :-)

June 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(71) Rrrrrr says:

As everyone, I’m looking for good experience…people who walk again often forget to tell others.
I was involved in a motor accident and get an ORIF for a talar neck fracture with dislocation as decribed as a type 3 according the hawkins classification. I think that we should give many data to others in order to easily compare.

The surgery took place 5h after the accident, the reduction was quite perfect treating by 2 wire of kirschner.

15 weeks after avn stillnot present on CT scan, I started the WB in pool (25% of W), no pain. The ROM is 50% less important then the safe foot. Swelling has almost disapeared, toes are moving normally.

Concerning the hawkins sign, in France noone want to hear about it, for the most of doctors I saw,this is an old sign that we used in the seventies, now we have the CT SCAN…Ok, ok, but this don’t tell us if revascularization occured or not…In my opinion, saw it 3 weeks after the surgery, it’s hard to believe but the radio look like exactly what we saw as reference radio on the net…

I’m massaging my foot every day, I never never put the foot on the ground, I stoped smoking, keep lying on the couch every day with the foot elevated and applying ice on it each night before sleeping, I use pillow during the night to keep it elevated. I do believe in Vitamin C so eat 1g everyday, eat yogourt and by chance having bath of sun (vit D). I’m doing exercices to accelerate the pace of my heart and increasing the oxygen amount.

I see later what to add to that first post and keep you informed of avn or not avn, that’s the question for the next 3 years…

Keep smiling and believing, that’s 50% of the job!!!! That’s the main key of reahabilitation


July 12, 2010 at 11:26 am
(72) Jayson says:

I am posting #32
9 months post talus fracture, my ankle has very limited mobility after about 25 sessions of PT. I have seen a knew Ankle Doctor and he is recommending an Ankle Scope & Gastroc Slide surgery on my achilles tendon. I was expecting the Scope but the Gastroc Slide surprised me, any one of you had this surgery?

July 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(73) Deb says:

Fractured talus on right on June 1st by rolling my foot (this ankle has sustained 4 severe sprains over the years). Now into the 6th week in the boot. Ortho said healing well at last appt and said to start exercises and weaning off boot. However, I am not able to walk on ankle for very long without pain…and, I pay for that the next day as it aches. Going nuts as I can’t drive (have a stick). How long can this go on?

July 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(74) B says:

I had a very high-speed crash on my downhill mountain bike on June 7th. I landed in a rock garden and rag-dolled several times before coming to a stop 30′ down the trail. Ended up cracking my tailbone, chipping my T5 vertibre, bruised my kidneys, a lot of bruises and scrapes, and last but not least, a dislocated / broken ankle.

Ends up that I broke both my tib & fib at the bottom and basically crushed my Talus into several pieces, however it wasn’t separated / dislodged behind the heel which is good. My surgeon classified it as a Type 3 / 4.

I went in for surgery a week later which was a little frustrating considering what I know now. However my surgeon was incredible, and I’ve ended up with 8 screws and a plate. 4 screws in my Talus, and 4 / plate in my Tibia. He did an amazing job with lining everything up perfectly. The x-rays post surgery looked great, so I have a lot of hope.

It’s been nearly 4 weeks now since the surgery, and I had the stitches out / removable cast given to me a week ago. The bruising is close to being totally gone now, and the only real swelling (which I don’t feel is that bad considering) is directly in my ankle area. The only quasi numb area I have is where my big toe joins to my foot, on the top only, seems to be slowly coming back though.

I can move my ankle up and down about 1″ now, but it just feels tight. I take the boot off to sleep, but I keep it elevated with a pillow. If I sleep on my side I just put it between my legs which is comfortable as well. I also take it off all day at work with both my legs up on my desk on a pillow. I sit and move it a lot back and forth all day.

I’m in this for the long haul I feel, keeping my chin up and I’m going to tell my body that I won’t “ALLOW” AVN from happening ! hahahaha So it better listen or I’ll go do some down-hill again ! ;)

I’m 35, and was in really good shape before this accident. I also ride road bikes 80-100 miles a week. I don’t smoke which is good, and I drink lots or water and eat healthy as well. I’m really going to try my best to do everything in my power to recover from this ordeal. I understand that it won’t be 100%, but I’m gunning for 95 !

After reading all of your comments, the only thing I really feel like I can say is to keep your chin up and fight for you body and your health. This is a really crappy bone to break obviously, but you have to make the most of it. So listen to your doctor !!!! I’m just happy that I can still walk ( not paralyzed ) considering how and where I crashed. A positive attitude and mental strength will go a long way I hope…

I’ll post my progress on here every couple weeks. Good luck everyone ! :)

July 16, 2010 at 4:58 am
(75) Jason says:

Im now on Hydro Therapy. Im back at work and starting to walk again slowly. Little pain on my ankle but is tolerable.

July 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(76) Gary says:

Ankle fusion seems to be more and more of a possibility for me , has anyone been glad they had fusion done ??

July 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm
(77) Ben Irving says:

I fractured my talus june 1st 2008 quad bike racing. I had a hawkins 4 and my surgeon said it was basically buggered and although he had screwed what was left of it back together fusion was the ultimate answer. Now I am completely fine with only slight discomfort occasionally when I do something daft. I have no limitations at all. The doctors are amazed and no avn either which they said was 100% going to happen. I was operated on within 5 hours of injury which must help but I put most of my fortune or success down to having hyperbauric therapy twice a week for some months. Expensive but obviously worth it. All the best all and dont listen too hard to your doctors. Positive thinking prevails usually.

July 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(78) B says:

Hey Ben, where did you have the therapy done ? Do you sit inside a chamber for that ?

July 26, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(79) Ben Irving says:

Hi B, yes I sat in a chamber and breathed 100% oxygen that was under pressure (about 1.5 bar or 22psi I think). This greatly helps revasculation of injured bone and general injuries….I’m told! Anyhow it kept me positive as I was determined my talus would live with only one of its blood supplies intact. My surgeon said avn was a certainty and joked about my optimism and although they have to paint it as bad as can be so that anything better is a improvement my surgeon is amazed. Anyhow I am now 37 (two and a bit years later) and my ankle is nearly perfect I would say and still improving. It must feel good as skiing is planned this winter!!
The hyperbauric chamber I went to was at a business called Physi02 at Manchester (2 1/2 hour drive for me in cumbria). The tel number is :-01617904983 ask for Mr Kidd.
There was some chance of getting this treatment paid for through the nhs but nothing came of it. The surgeon was very sceptical at the time but this did not deter me. I guess it was not something that could be measured or weighed! Anyhow ‘B’ all the best and what is your story?

July 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm
(80) B says:

Hey Ben… Thanks for the quick reply ! You can read about my crash on post #74. Was a pretty bad wreck on my DH bike.

I’m about half way through my basic “recovery”. It’s been 7 weeks today since my crash, and 6 weeks on Wednesday since my surgery. I guess when I went to the ER and they set it back into place the guy did a really good job. My surgeon is supposedly one of the better orthopedic surgeons around here ( Orange County / CA ) and he felt that it was OK to get me scheduled in a few days after I met him. It kinda bugs me a bit now though reading about everyone else going in for their surgery right away, but those were the cards I was dealt so I have to move on.

Seems like everything is healing pretty quickly at the moment, which is nice. I go in for X-rays this Thursday to see how things are coming along, so hopefully all is good in there. After that, I’m going to go in for a consultation for hyperbaric therapy locally and see what they think. It is expensive, but like you said, it’s your body, and you only have one.

Just wish I had heard about doing this sooner…

August 27, 2010 at 4:20 am
(81) Wendy says:

Hi all,
I have just found this website as I was looking for some help and advice regarding stiffness and soreness. I was run over by an ambulance on March 12 2010 whilst walking across the road and suffered a dislocation of the foot (it ended up facing the other way!) and the tallus bone broke in half and came through the skin. I had wires, screws etc and then started the waiting game. I was not allowed to weight bear for 16 weeks, although after eight weeks I was put into an aircast with a roll of cotton wool that I unwound every couple of days so that I could get my foot back to a 90 degree angle. I have been weight bearing now for 9 weeks and have been doing some good work with physio and I agree with all of you that stretching and static bike work is good. I am no longer on crutches but I walk with a significant limp, I have been using MBT shoes and I find that they help with tyting to get back to a more normal looking walking gait. My problem is that I ache like mad at the end of the day and I do find a hot bath helps some but in the morning its like starting from scratch and it hurts. I am lucky that there is no sign of AVN and my surgeon says that I am do much better than expected. I am worried because I have to go back to work in a couple of weeks, I am a lecturer in a college and will have to find ways to sit more than usual. Reading some o

August 29, 2010 at 1:21 am
(82) missy says:

I am almost 19 months post dislocated hawkins III t-fracture. I did the PT and just was not improving. I finally joined a health club and working with a great personal trainer who developed a good workout that supports strengthening my ankle and it’s working. Lots of stretching & strengthening, pilates and water aerobics. Feeling much better and losing some of the weight I gained being immobile for 5-6 months. finally… something positive and improving. :)

August 29, 2010 at 5:03 am
(83) Wendy says:

Will try water aerobics that sounds like a good idea. Thanks for your comments

August 30, 2010 at 1:49 am
(84) B says:

So it’s 12 weeks tomorrow after my accident, and 10 1/2 weeks after my surgery. I was cleared last Thursday to start walking / full weight bearing as I can handle ! When I got my x-rays there was no sign at all of AVN, and the bone was looking nice and transparent.

I’ve ditched 1 crutch and I’ve gone to a couple PT’s before I was cleared. I can walk ( like a gimp ) with no help already, but it’s slow and hurts a tad as it’s just so stiff. My first “weight bearing” PT is on Tuesday so that should start to loosen things up…should be interesting ! ;-)

Anyway, it’s not all doom and gloom everyone. I was really freaked out about this break when I was reading some of these posts on here, so try not to be if you are. Keep your chin up, stay positive, and keep your foot up as much as possible to aid in good blood flow.

My ankle has pretty good movement so far, but I can only go to 90 deg. I’m positive that will start to change with my PT this week… I will be 100% I feel. Don’t settle for less !

August 30, 2010 at 2:43 am
(85) Jason says:

Hydro Therapy and Physical Therapy combined really helps a lot. After seven months, I can walk already and slowly doing things normally as before my injury. I have AVN but it is slowly revascularizing. I can already walk without the aid of a crutches or a cain.

September 13, 2010 at 2:03 am
(86) Kristen says:

Thank god I found this blog. I have been searching for information online about my injury for a while now and this is the best thing I have found! I was in a car accident Aug 09, and fractured my right talus. I was in an external fixator for 2 weeks and had 2 surgeries where they put 2 screws in my ankle and one in my leg/upper ankle. I’m still having severe pain and I was wondering if this is normal? I completed my PT and have most of my range of motion(even though it is painful) but it feels like my foot is slightly crooked. I cannot run or jog and after walking for more than 15 mins or leaving my foot in one position for awhile (like sitting down or riding in a car) I’m in a lot of pain. I am only 24 so my doctor told me I would have 100% healing but I’m nowhere near that. I would like to see another doctor but I don’t want them thinking I only want pain meds because I really want to fix this problem long term. I would like to be able to wear something besides sneakers sometime soon! Also does anyone have any tips for losing weight with an injury like this?? I was injured 4 months after having my daughter and then obviously couldn’t walk for 4 months so I need to lose about 20lbs but I can’t run/jog and starving myself doesn’t seem too healthy..

September 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm
(87) B says:

Kristen…. I’d go get a second opinion if I were you. I’m really surprised that you need pain meds after a year. Sorry to hear that… You are young though, so I’d try not to get too bummed out. You’ll pull through this ;) Do you have AVN of your Talus at all ?

One thing that I’ve started doing is riding a stationary bike instead of getting back on a road bike right away. If your ankle can handle it I’d suggest that, as it’s not your full weight on your ankle, and you also will get good blood flow as all your muscles in your leg will be working to get the blood back out of your leg.

Diet is also a HUGE part of your weight. You can look up online for a caloric intake guide which will tell you how many calories a day you need to eat to reduce weight / maintain weight / or gain weight. Just give it all of your info and it’ll tell you what you need.

Stay away from soda / sugars / and carb rich foods as well. Carbs are not a bad thing, but you want to try not to eat them in the evening as if you are not active, your body will store them as fat. Drink a lot of water as well !

I’m not a doctor by any means, but these are things that I do / live by, and they’ve helped me through my injury even though I wasn’t able to exercise at all.

Good Luck !

September 15, 2010 at 10:48 am
(88) jason says:

Kristen – from my experience, taking a supplement that modifies blood circulation would be of help. Im now 8 months from the date of my injury and now I can already walk with a little limping and in very minimal pain. We have the same injury (broken right talus) and weighs 250 lbs. Just think positive. Goodluck!

September 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm
(89) SLL says:

Here’s my story: In July 2009, while running in the Indiana Dunes, I suffered a fracture of the lateral process of my right talus that went through the articular surface.

I went to the ER and they said I had a sprain-no fracture. A local orthopedic surgeon said I had a serious fracture of the talus bone. Conservative treatment consisting of boot and crutches didn’t work. Other general orthopedic surgeons told me the fracture was not repairable and my days of triathlon were over.

I found George Holmes, Jr., M.D., a foot surgeon, in Chicago. On 9/4/09, he put two screws in my ankle. I was in a cast for about 8 weeks and used a bone stimulator. During that time, I used a scooter to get around. About 8 weeks after surgery, I got rid of the cast, went to a boot, then transitioned into physical therapy with a foot brace. On 11/4/09, after reviewing x-rays and CT, I learned that my fracture healed. I was also told it takes about a year for the swelling and pain to go away and for the fracture to reach optimal healing. I was told that I am at increased risk for arthritis, but that the fracture had healed.

Since 11/2009, I have resumed weightlifting, swimming and biking without problems. The swelling resolved in about 10 months. I’m getting ready to return to running.

What I learned is that fractures of the talus are sometimes hard to diagnose and often times over looked and that it is important to get the fracture diagnosed soon and get appropriate treatment which may require surgery. I followed my doctor’s advice and am now pain free and I hope, ready to run. We’ll see.

If anyone has a talus fracture you might want to see Dr. George Holmes in Chicago. He sure helped me.

October 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm
(90) Lineman says:

Hey everyone I was in motorcycle accident on aug 10 2010 fractured my left talus ( neck) had surgery on aug 13 doc put 2 screws in after he got it lined up. Had to wear a cast for 6 1/2 weeks now I have a walking boot on doc just did x rays on 7 th week he can still see fracture line but it is healing. Just started physio to get motion back in ankle I can move it up and down but no side to side yet. I work as a lineman for a living on the power lines and need my feet I’m hoping to be full weight bearing within the next 6 weeks as I have to get back to work no sign of AVN yet but it’s still early thanks for all the tips I’m
really benefiting from hot baths and lots of streching
without weight bearing doing what doc tells me but I gotta get back to work ASAP!!!!

October 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(91) Sheryl says:

I was in a accident on Aug 4 2010. I fractured my right tibia, I was in a cast for 6 weeks. It was 10 weeks yesterday (Oct.13) and I still do not have the Dr’s permission to put any weight on it. I started physio last friday and the flexibility is slowly coming back. I am doing physio at home 3 times a day and going to physio treatments twice a week. My foot still turns red when it is down, but the swelling has calmed down. I have read most of these comments and I feel better knowing that it takes time and patience. I lost my job over a week ago too, so this has been a real emotional challenge. Thanks to all of you, you have calmed me knowing that I just need “time” t heal……best wishes to all

October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm
(92) Kumar says:

Hi all,

I met with bike accident and broke my left talus on August 2009. Recovery is very slow in my case. Till now, I got only 30% of range and I do believe that I will get 70-80%. Right now, I am working on physio and strengthening regularly. I am trying hard to be positive.

Any advices on how to improve the range?

October 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm
(93) Danny says:

Hi everyone, I have a Talus fracture and have been reading a lot of similar articles on the internet. Just wanted to let you know, it isn’t all bad =)

The recovery time for a Talar fracture is significantly longer than many other breaks/fractures. But there is hope, so don’t believe all the horror stories you read on here.

Today I got back from the hospital after 13 weeks in a cast with good news. They have told me that the fracture is still non-displaced and it has healed in a good place. Originally they wanted to put screws into my foot but decided to let it heal by itself.

I am now in an airboot, which will allow me to walk without crutches (after a little practice.) eventually I will not need the airboot and will have walking freedom again =)

-Just stay patient, stay off the wounded ankle, keep it elevated and cross your fingers.

There is hope.


p.s. this injury was from a wrestling match in which i performed a move called a “backbreaker.” This resulted in my foot sliding sideways and cracking the Talus apart.

October 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm
(94) mll insurance says:

I am curious what Corina will do about that!?

October 22, 2010 at 12:33 am
(95) Joe says:

I broke my talus 23 years ago 5 operations in Boston pain every day all day. I am know looking for a ankle fusion, Hope it works

October 24, 2010 at 11:24 am
(96) missy says:

I am now 20 months post injury of Hawkins III dislocated/ T-fracture of left talus. VERY slow healing but please be patient and listen to Dr’s.
Joining a gym at the right time, about 17 months post injury was golden ticket for me. I am now riding stationary bike 10 miles a day/ 5 days a week, working on Bosu ball on balance, stretching and strengthening of ankle.
Stay focused – my doc told me initially that I can NOT do my job any longer – I refused to believe that and have continued my job. I see Doc yearly now and think she will be amazed at my progress. Way better than what she ever told me I could accomplish. You set the goal and you reach it!!!! Stay positive even when it’s tough…

October 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm
(97) Phil says:

I fell from a ladder on April 11th 2010. Went to ER they did X-rayís & said left High Ankle sprain did not get any better after 4 weeks went to Sports health who agreed that it was a high ankle sprain. They recommended PT if no improvement in a few weeks. Started PT and stayed with it for 16 weeks no improvements. The Doctor then scheduled an MRI & CT scan In Sept 2010 . Broken Talus bone the entire time. Surgery was performed Sept 24th two screws no signs of AVN. Non weight Bearing for 10 weeks (Dec 3rd). Hope to return to work on Nov 15th Limited duty Non- weight bearing. I have tingling sensation in toes and foot, swelling and bruising 4 weeks post-op. I also have the tingling sensation in my upper thigh. I am 40 years old and consider myself to be an active person. I want to get back to being me again real soon. Right foot hurts from hoping on crutches for the last 4 weeks.

October 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm
(98) Lineman says:

Hey all it’s week 11 of my talar neck fracture doctor says the one is all healed the body of the talus shows up kind of white more dense so there could be some avn setting in bit hopefully it will come back and get some blood flow going with time I’m allowed to bear weight and start walking with cane but it’s quite sore in my heal. Doing lots of PT and stretches and hopefully pain will go away soon gotta be back to work ASAP anyone have tips to get rid of pain when walking or is it just gonna take time????? This is the worst possible bone in your body to break……!!!!!!

October 30, 2010 at 3:02 am
(99) maria says:

hey, so i was in a car crash in April, i fractured my talus bone it broke out of my skin and cut off the blood supply, i did this in south africa. I also fractured my hip so i didn’t move for a month and a half, but i haven’t put any weight on it since April. i saw the doctor a couple weeks ago and you can still see the fracture line and part of the bone is died and he said i should have been walking on it a long time ago. so i was just wondering does anyone thing i’m going to walk again i’m only 23 and this just isn’t fair

November 4, 2010 at 5:37 am
(100) Christina says:

I fell down 4 steps almost 1 and a half years ago and hurt my foot. Couldn’t put pressure on it for 2 days then could limp then I was okay but lost full movement in it. I didn’t go to the doctors because it didn’t puff up so I thought it would heal. I then got an x-Ray just this year and they found that the talus has a crack in it. Now I don’t know what to do has anyone else had this?

I can walk and run okay but it’s pretty sore. Really sore when I wear heels but I still wear them. I regained a lot of movement in it with ankle exercises but it’s not the same. Help

November 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm
(101) Lineman says:

Hey all well it’s week 14 of my talar neck fracture the bone has healed but it showed signs of avn at week 11 I’m walking and bearing full weight I still have a limp cause everything is so tight from being immobilized for so long I’ve been doing physiotherapy like crazy and working my quad and doing exercises at home I’m heading back to work in 2 weeks it seems that the more time I’m on it the better it feels but it does get sore at the end of the day if I have any advice it is stay positive and patient and get using your feet as much as you can just try and fight through some of the pain hope all goes well for everyone I’m praying for no more AVN for anyone.

December 24, 2010 at 3:28 am
(102) mary says:

Broke my talus bone in a motorcycle wreck August 25th 1986 and my ankle was set 30% off. Never a day goes by that I’m not in pain. Spent 8 wks in a cast. The minute the cast was taken off I was told to walk across the floor. I couldn’t. I hurt so bad I felt like my bones was cutting into flesh in my foot. The doctor told me my therpy was up to me and sent me home. I had to learn to walk all over again bearing weight on that ankle. I have muscle loss in my leg,loss of balance, cramps, arthridis, it’s senitive to the cold, limited range of motion, my foot is smaller due to muscle lost and I still limp and sometimes use a cane. Because of my limp it has caused me to have to have spinal surgery.
So many have stated that their doctors missed called it. Well mine smelled of alchol and was hateful to the E.R. nurses and me. (Couldn’t sue because no doctor will testify against another.) So please get the best medical help for your broken talus. Life is too short to sit on the sidelines and just watch life pass by!
Lets hope medical advancement will help us all too.

December 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(103) steelers rule says:

i fractured my tibia, fibula, and talus bone in my right ankle on october 8th 2010 from falling about 20 ft from a ladder on a telephone pole at work, i under went surgey october 20th 2010. the tibia was able to heal its self with no metal or screws , the fibula needed 2 screws to heal it self properly, and most of concern was my talus bone fracture, it was crushed and i needed 5 screws to basicaly reconstruct my talus bone. after surgey i was instrusted by doctor to wear a non wieght bearing fiberglass cast for 12 weeks. on week 8 i had to remove the cast because it got wet in the shower. now it is week 10 and i have not had the cast on since, i have been trying to move my ankle around and bear weight on it. i have been already basically been trying to do my own PT and it has been going really well i have no swelling, minimal pain, and can walk with a slight limp. i am seeing my doctor on january 4th and hope to have a good visit. the last visit on december 7th went very well, doc told me everything looked great and bones were basically healed. my question is since i have been moving my ankle around and bearing some wieght on it, am i honestly making a huge mistake?.. i feel like i am inproving everyday since i took the cast off

December 30, 2010 at 9:01 am
(104) Andy says:

Wow am I glad I found this page. It is great to hear everybody’s stories and suggestions. What I find most interesting is the different treatment avenues taken for each injury and the different rehab options. For example, my doctor told me I could bear weight 8 weeks after my type III talus fracture. Read on…

I was in a bad car accident on November 9th and fractured the talus bone in each of my feet. Thankfully, I thought, that was all the damage I had done. At first I thought, well I just broke a few bones in my feet, I’ll be good to go in a month or so. Then my doctor kept using phrases like “devastating” and “life changing” and needless to say I’m a little freaked out. I’m 33 and in relatively good health.

I had ORIF surgery on the left one on the 9th and the right one on the 12th. While they are both type III the left one is worse. Three weeks in splints, then three weeks in casts, and now nothing. I can start bearing weight and walking on the 4th. That will be 8 weeks. After reading each of the posts above I’m a little worried. I think my doc is great and all but nobody else is bearing weight at 8 weeks. It’s more like 12-15. I’m obviously thankful, and we’ll see what happens.

Thank you everybody for your inspiration. Hopefully I have some luck along the way. I definitely fear AVN and feel like it’s only a matter of time before I get it.

One question – I have a lot of numbness in my left foot. The right one feels normal but the left one is just weird. Less range of motion and more pain. The bottom of my foot is numb and some of my toes. The top is ok. Has anybody experienced anything similar?

Thanks to everybody for sharing their stories and best of luck to all.

January 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm
(105) Pete says:

Hi all,

On november 9th a lady pulled out in front of my motorbike and I slid into her car feet first. Tri-malleolar fracture of the right ankle. Fractured Talus in my left.

The left was less messy but more complex – It’s the Talus! (I was sure it was only sprained)

In A&E the nurses put the ankles into temporary casts.
The consultant then took xrays/CT scans – The Talus fracture looked stable. He wanted to assess whether operating would improve things.

After a week he put into a permanent cast to see if it was still stable. Doing this destabilised it so ORIF with two screws and ex-fix.

Frame stayed on for 8 weeks and it is now approx. 12 weeks since the accident. I began PT 2 weeks ago.

Right ankle is doing fine but the left is still a bit swollen and is stiffer. Physio advised Oral Morphine before PT because he needs to get it moving. Ouch.

2 weeks ago I had 0 motion in the ankle. Now it’s 15 degrees up/down.

Both ankles are supposedly fully weight bearing. I have practiced standing/walking on the parallel bars and I managed 30 seconds with no hands.

because of the stiffness in the left, I have to learn to walk again so we will see how quickly I can progress to a Zimmer frame.

My biggest concern, like everyone, is AVN.

My consultant said last week that I have 50% chance in the left Talus. Ankle fusion would be quite likely if that is the case. I am now trying anything to swing it in my favour – Regular motion of the left ankle (all the exercises given my Physio) massage by my wife, contrast bathing 40 mins per day (not including the hot baths I take anyway) hourly physio 3+ per week plus biodex in between.

Also looking at Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. If it helps…

Good luck to everyone above and anyone else who stumbles across this information :)

January 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm
(106) Arlene says:

Injury: Undisplaced talar neck fracture on right foot
How: Car accident 08/01/2011
Country: England – notice there’s a lot of US people on here so thought I would highlight incase treatment is different.

Hi, I’m only 2 weeks in a full cast after my car accident (also have a simple fracture to my left wrist so using gutter crutch and a normal under arm crutch). So Glad I found this forum cause I am so worried I won’t be as active as I have been.

Here’s my experience so far, the accident happened early evening on a saturday, I was taken to hospital courtesy of the NHS. Given Adrenalin and morphine.

had xrays straight away and both fractures were identified. My consultant came to see me next morning and said that ” Oh this is an interesting one! talar neck fracture” which of course put me at my ease instantly ! :-/ he put me in a half cast but the pain was excrutiating (even with Oral Morphine) 2 days later gave me a CT scan to check for a displaced heel and to check the level of fracture- it came back clear. I got discharged from hospital on day 4 after the physio checking I could get up and down stairs on crutches.

I am now under my local fractur clinic at the hospital and on weekly consultation and xrays so far there is no union, no sign of avn, but the consultant (luckily specialises in ankle fractures) wants to keep an eye on wether it becomes displaced…..anyone experienced a delayed displacement?

Also have a few questions….
1/ will ballet excercises help in the PT phase?
2/ are there any excercises I can do now while in cast?
3/ has anyone experienced a clicking of the ankle and muscle spasms going up the calve whilst in cast?
4/ whats the chances of me climbing/walking competitively again – I do walking challenges for charity – was supposed to be attemping hadrians wall this year but have rescheduled for next year :-/
any help appreciated and speedy recovery!

February 2, 2011 at 7:53 am
(107) Belal says:

Hi, I am 33 years old, brooked my ankle 6 weeks ago, my injury was categorized as ďMinimal displaced fracture in talus bodyĒ.
I was put in a cast a 6 weeks long and told not to walk or put any Wight on the foot, unfortunately no unions was noticed so far !.

I wonder if anyone had the same injury? And really would like to know what is next for me?

February 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm
(108) missy says:

2 year check up – post car accident, Left dislocated, T-fractured talus…. after surgery, 8 screws and a plate…. My DOC was AMAZED…. I had beginning of AVN last year and NOTHING further has developed. I was a Hawkins III with 85% chance of getting AVN and bone collapse… did not happen….

I listened to my doc and when I was finally able, at about 18 months post injury, worked with a really good trainer who consulted PT and joined a gym… Began a good work out routine and Doc is sure that plays into my recovery.

I do have to have another surgery – bone floaty but after what we’ve all been through here, that’s nothing!!! 2 wk recovery total…… walk out of hospital – no worries…… Stay positive, be determined to get better and do it!!! :)

February 10, 2011 at 10:10 am
(109) Jennie says:

Oct 05 I was a pass. in a motorcycle accident that left me w/ a shattered left ankle & broken shin bone. I had emergency surgery for placing an external x fix until they could go back n for the 2nd surgery. I spent 6 mo. on crutches non wt, bearing! I guess my recovery was good since I still have a leg. It is always swollen, has never gone down. I am 34 yr old & the doctors do not want me on arthritis meds b/c the effects can be really bad on your health, I understand that to a point. However, I don’t want to walk around in pain for the rest of my life either. I have now broken 1 of the plates & at least 2 screws, the advise I get from the doctor “donít be walking around just to be walking around, so other words “do not walk anywhere u donít need to go.” “The more you use the ankle the sooner it will wear out” WOW! I ask how could I hav broken the hardware & he said “just everyday use, its stainless steel.”? Okay so I canít exercise by walking, I sure canít run. What can I do as cardio? They say exercise can help arthritis but I can’t exercise. I have come to the point in my life where I can’t take this anymore. Iím depressed, I eat very little b/c I can’t exercise to get any weight off if I do gain any. I can no longer do a lot of the simple things in life. I can’t hike or ride bikes anymore. I just don’t know what to do at this point. The first doctors, which were the ones who did the surgeries said “let your body b the judge of what you can & cannot do”? I still have pain in the ankle if I have to do something that requires me to bear my wt. on that one side, would definitely cause some pain! Is that pain not suppose to be there? Maybe the hardware is causing the pain? I really do think I am lucky to hav a leg. They constantly checked the pulses in my foot when I was transported to a bigger/better hospital that was capable of handling these major trama situations. The doctors that did the surgeries told my husband I would probably always have a limp.

February 12, 2011 at 10:27 am
(110) Andy says:

Hi all,

Glad to see some new posts on this site.

Re: my post from 12/30/2010, I am up and walking. Down to one crutch and losing that one on Monday. Also ditched the pain meds.

I walk with a limp, favoring my left ankle as expected but it gets better.

My advise for the the other posters:

1. Go to PT as often as possible and push it. I actually did some PT in a pool, which was very helpful since I was in a wheelchair for 8 weeks.

2. Ditch the pain meds if you can and use Aleve or Advil. Your energy level and appetite will increase dramatically.

3. Do your PT exercises at home. I’m actually guilty of not doing this because my feet get tired, but when I do it, I can notice a difference. Getting mobility back in the ankles is key.

Good luck to all.

February 23, 2011 at 3:40 am
(111) Belal says:

Hi Again,

February the second I posted my case, I just removed the cast after 7 weeks, still walking on crutches, and doing some PT.
Its getting better and better every day in motion, but still cannot bring any weight. The most interesting thing is that I can drove my car which is pretty amazing.

Out of my experience, talus fracture is a frustrating, during and after the treatment process, my advice is :
- Read about talus fraction, the sooner you understand and accept the fact that Talus fracture is lengthy healing process, the better you understand your case and start looking for alternatives to keep your life on.
- Donít walk until it completely heal. Fast tracking the healing process is no good.
- Donít afraid surgery and operations, knowing your healing solution is good.

Unfortunate, we had a talus fracture, but it happens, and itís ok to feel down, we all did.

February 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm
(112) Jason says:

1 Year and 1 Month from my Talus Fracture, now im completely healed. I can do the normal things I do before the injury. Talus fracture is really lengthy.

March 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm
(113) Pete says:

OP #105 (Severely crushed Talus (LS) Tri-Maleollar fracture (RS)
4 months post accident.

In January I could not stand for 30 secs on parallel bars. Recovery has consisted of DAILY trips to the hospital which includes joint manipulations, and various exercises e.g. playing catch, obstacle courses over wobble boards, friction massage / ice packs etc Also DAILY I have Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) for 1 hour in a decompression chamber at 33psi breathing pure oxygen. This has been a full time occupation for 2 months.

Mr. Keating (leading Ortho surgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary) seemed fairly positive at 12 weeks post accident. He said no signs of AVN and very surprised by how well the bone is unioning. HBO may have swung things in my favour but I’m still at risk of AVN.

My left ankle (Talus fracture) still wonít Dorsiflex upwards over 90 degrees. The OR/IF proceedure could only achieve an approximation of its original shape but the last x-rays don’t show any physical signs of restriction so we hope that further Physio will loosen this off. Weight bearing has improved, although left is still swollen and painful. In four weeks I progressed from wheelchair > Zimmer > Crutches but stiffness in my left means my gait is severely affected. (You require 10 degrees of ankle movement past vertical to walk properly and 20 to run)

People are worried about fitness post Talus injury. Once weight bearing you CAN use fixed bikes, steppers, row or swim even with a 90 degree ankle. Long term it will mostly affect most those who rely on their feet (I worked on sailing yachts to which I may never return ) but 4 months+ off work could get you started on a 2nd degree/qualification and alter your career advantageously. Talus fractures are just one injury which can be life changing but there is always someone worse off than you and whilst you may have to acknowledge your injury you can still draw positives :)

March 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm
(114) Pete says:

I wanted to add…

Everything I mentioned was offered to me on the NHS (except HBO which I am paying for myself at £13 per session by joining the MS Society and paying to use their facilities. I hope to claim this back from the 3rd party insurance who caused the accident – see here: http://www.mssociety.org.uk/about_ms/treatments/complementary_and_alternative_therapies/hyperbaric_oxyge.html)

You have to involve yourself in your own recovery and push for certain things to get done. Like when writing a CV you have to make your physio pay attention to you otherwise you just end up being processed and spat out. Be willing to try alternative therapies if possible-No harm in doing everything you can to help yourself recover. When seeing your physio/consultant ask questions and make suggestions as to what feels right to you and see what their reaction is. Most people find themselves here as a result of their own research and you have to maintain that curiosity and motivation in your limited consultant / Physio sessions and, ultimately, when you are on your own doing the exercises they suggest.

With my right ankle now improving I used the insurance money recouped from the insurers for my bike to buy myself an automatic car. This I can use for the next year or so until I can go back to a manual (or a bike, if ever) so I can now get myself to appointments etc.

I can stand without support for just long enough to make myself a cup of tea and a sandwich and I had my first stand up shower 2 weeks ago which was one of my main targets to achieve on the road back to ‘normality’. This was after two badly broken ankles and 3.5 months recovery time so it stands (sorry!) true that these injuries take time to heal. (I judge myself to be something like 35% healed on the left and 80% on the right)

March 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm
(115) Arlene says:

Hi just thought I would give an update…Talar neck fracture Hawkins 1 – no surgery and no displacement.

week 9 since the accident – plastercast removed! I am now in a Pneumatic Airboot and moved from Non weightbaring to partially weightbaring for the next 6 weeks. I can start gentle manipulation of the ankle at physio in a couple of weeks. I ditched the painkillers after week 4. I have 20-30% chance of Blood flow problems which has decreased from 50-60%. Looking at using Bupa for Physio – has anyone experience in sourcing physio’s – what questions do you ask??

Problems: – moving from Hopping to partially weight baring – I have had this explained to me as basically just putting my toe on the floor to steady myself??? Also have gone from Underarm crutches to elbow crutches and finding the transition awkward.

Keep positive people :-)


March 29, 2011 at 2:16 am
(116) missy says:

Feeling a little down. 2 yrs 2 mo post Hawkins III dislocated, fracture and I need another surgery…. Bone frags floating around… I am also growing odd bumps on the top of my foot that is likely scar tissue – more problems in the future…. cold outside so arthritis is bad. *SIGH*. Tired of my hip hurting due to compensating when I walk, still…. OK – there is my powerwhine – time to turn it around and get back to the gym tomorrow – was running/jogging in the saltwater pool – that seemed to help but my weightloss stopped. Time to get back on the stationary bike and Pilates.

March 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm
(117) Rrrrrrrr says:


I hope I won’t miss luck telling you that I’m quite fine up to now…

Is’ been 1 year since my bike accident and still no collapse,
I went back to work 2 Monts ago and didn’t have any radio control since..

It’s just so good to think about something else, I’m not running yet, still have 3 wires which hurts me sometimes.

Only, I’m really happy to leave normally again, this is like a rebirth!!

I post that mail to all of you who are looking for good news, I think (hope) I will be one of those lucky guys…

If I have to tell you something, I Had an Hawkins 3 talus fracture, as you know 90% of AVN, maybe 20% of my talus is dead but It didn’t collapse and I’m sure I will run in 4 months, so I’m still waiting for and today I profit of any seconds stand up, this is so good to think you are a survivor that I don’t want to remind I’ve lost some leisures, up to now yes but If I keep my fighting spirit I will soon get back to Business !!!

So If nothing tell you that’s it’s dead, don’t forget the fight, fight everyday, it will pay!!!

If you don’t see any post of Rrrrr after this one, consider that I’m riding back my board and running back after a ball, Cross my fingers for all of us

Kisses from France

April 2, 2011 at 2:49 am
(118) Gordon says:

Hello everyone, I injured my left talus bone on December 2010 while I was snowboarding. At first I thought was only a sprained foot but later that night I realised it was much more worse. The next day I went to emergency where I found out just how shitty this injury really is. I had surgery that night and now 4 going onto 5 months still can’t walk only 50%. This is such a bad injury and really puts you down I get really frustrated I also miss drinking tea or coffee. I was told on my last visit this is a 2 and a half hawkins maybe a three. I hope everyone on here gets well soon and heres to walking again someday.

April 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm
(119) Shannon says:

I had a bad fall from a horse on 4th feb 2011. I honestly thought after the fall that i’d just dislocated my ankle due to the fact although painful i could still wriggle my toes. Upon gettin to A and E i found out it was fairly more serious. A Fractured Talus. They bone doc came and did and external reduction of my fracture. He did an exceptional job and realigned it perfectly. The docs then kept me in hospital for a week to allow swelling to come down whilst they decided whether or not to operate as the reduction was so perfect. They decided best to be on the safe side and inserted 2 pins. I was out of hospital the next day. I spent 7 weeks in a fibreglass cast which came off yesterday. I was slightly disappointed in the xray results which are that the doc can still see a slight crack in the bone tho mostly healed. He put me in a “moonboot” and recommended non weight bearing for another 4 weeks but i am alowed to remove the boot and i am allowed to flex my foot back and forth. During this entire procedure i have had little to no pain even when flexing my foot. I’m hoping this is a good sign because i would like to be snowboarding when the season starts which is in 3months. In fact i am determined to!!
I will follow the docs advice but i have all my fingers and toes crossed for a quick recovery – i think expecting to recover 5months after a bad injury isn’t too much to ask hehe
I take calcium supplements, i go out and do stuff, I’m now taking deer velvet supplements to aid in blood supply.
I’m hoping not to develope AVN – i don’t know what my chances are.
Has anyone snowboarded since their talus injury????
Also itching to get back on the horses i’ve got a couple of youngsters waiting for me to come back to work and a new one of my own im itching to start.

April 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm
(120) Shannon says:

I currently have btwn a 10 – 20 degree of movement up n down in my ankle which i think is a good thing hav been working on loosining it since i got my cast off on monday. spent a little time in a hot bath today flexing it which i plan to do a lot more of still hav little to no pain even when flexing which i hope is a good sign although it is stiff i line both my feet up n flex them to gether which gives me a good idea of how far i have to go to get back to my full ROM for my buggared foot. wish i knew what my break is on a hawkins level.

April 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm
(121) Gordon says:

Hey Shannon, I ruined my talus on a snowboard and the doctor suggested for me never to snowboard again as this might reinjure your foot. Just ask your doctor about what you will be able to do again, but for me I will not be returning to snowboarding don’t want to end up like this again for months at a time…


April 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm
(122) Shannon says:

Thanks gordon,
My doc seems doubtful that i will b able to snowboard this season. He said next season but i don’t think i can wait that long. I am determined not to let this injury ruin my life. It just sux that my life revolves around being highly active and i am stuck on the couch doing nothing. I can’t ride horses or do much with them at all really, can’t snowboard, can’t drive my Skyline, can’t get drunk, can’t go clubbing, can’t go dancing, can’t even go for long walks, can’t go swimming, can’t go snorkelling on my easter holiday i’m going on but this is only short term in my view I will b walking in 2months and snowboarding in 3 :-) I believe in the power of positive thinking.

April 8, 2011 at 1:58 am
(123) Gordon says:

I hear what you are saying Shannon this injury makes you value your feet a whole lot more, hope you will be back to the things you love soon.

May 12, 2011 at 2:27 am
(124) manny says:

I fell back and had a really hard fall. On impact, i fractured my talus while at work. I had no idea it was fractured until the next morning that I could not bear weight on it and my ankle was really swollen. I had surgery on my talus, OATS procedure. It’s been a year. I can’t bear full weight and when I do, I’m in extreme pain. My range of motion plantar flex and dorsey is almost none. I told my doctor I’m in a lot of pain, got a cortizone injection. The pain went away very little but return fully within a day. The doctor who is one of the best in his field has now sent me for pain mangement with a neorologist… Anyone have any ideas. Next is fusion of the ankle.

May 18, 2011 at 1:09 am
(125) Scott says:

Shannon, I agree wholeheartedly that positive thinking will get you back doing the things you love to do in no time! I shattered my talus and broke/dislocated my calcaneus in a fall at the local climbing gym last September. My naturopath suggested a bunch of odd sounding treatments, including visualization and hypnosis; after a few months of physical therapy, my PT told me I was doing things he didn’t expect me to do again in my lifetime. I’m sure there’s a certain amount of luck at play in my recovery (and I was surrounded by some really amazing docs), but with a lot of hard work both physically and mentally, I have every intention of climbing hard this summer. You’ll get there…don’t lose hope!

May 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm
(126) Shannon says:

At week 15 since day of injury and i have been 25% weight bearing for the last 3 weeks. Healing goin great!!! 1 more week till i see specialist again with high hopes of an even stronger bone so i can look towards walking witout crutches. Should be able to start driving in a week if all goes to plan (which it will :-D ) My physio happy with my progress esp the lack of muscle waste to my leg and core.
I guess it really does pay off to be fit and healthy b4 u get injured. Just waitin for the all clear that i can ride horses again. Physio said i can but only wen docs say my foot could take a fall so probably won’t be riding till i can walk but still thats only a few weeks off :)
There is hope out there!!! Keep positive, look after yourself and take the docs advice. I will keep posted as what i have found researchin this injury is those who got better and had good results forget to share the good news coz they got all excited about doin stuff again!!! hehehe

May 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm
(127) Nate says:

I am glad I found this site because I have been looking for people who have had similar injuries to mine for some advice. I was involved in a very serious car accident on Nov 20th 2010 (my 24th birthday, I was sober though!) in which my mazda protege hit a massive tractor combine going about 80 km/h. I banged my head pretty bad, broke my femur and crushed my right ankle very badly. I had surgery on both my femur and my ankle and had all the hardware inserted and my femur has since healed up great but my ankle has been horrible. In January doctors put me on IV antibiotics because they suspected i had a bone infection and in april i had to have a surgery to get the hardware ( 5 screws) removed. Now the doctors believe i have AVN (bone is dying) in one of the bones in my ankle and i am going to need some type of bone graph surgery soon. Its been over 6 months now and i am still non-weight bearing on my ankle and i am really worried i will never get better and be able to walk again. I am really depressed because i am only 24 and dont think i will ever be able to run, walk normal, drive (its my right ankle), go out to the bar, beach, concerts or do anything other people my age are doing. I was wondering if there was anyone out there with some advice on ankle fusions, replacements or any other surgeries that may help. Also i have heard about bone stimulators that you can get to get circulation back to the bone, do these work in preventing or reparing AVN? also is their anyway i can workout my calf and leg muscles because they are wasting away without walking on it. Does anyone know of any good foot/ankle specialists in ontario? any help is gretly appreciated! good luck to all my broken friends!

June 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm
(128) Kara says:

hey everyone im feeling very sad and confused!! from what im reading my talus fracture is a little diffrent but hurts everyday none the less :( i was in a car accident April 9th, fractured my right talus, fractured ribs and bruised tailbone. all is well still dealing with the foot though. was in a plaster from the er for about 4 days then got my cast on, i FINALLY got it removed May 26th! i didnt have any screws or anythign or any surgery just a cast(nwb), and now a walking boot, crutches etc u know all the fun stuff ;) lol i still cannot walk!!! i really feel for you all who have had a rougher time with the talus fracture than i have, i can only imagine!! this injury has completely stopped my life as i know it….im a young 24yr old with a 6yr old daughter, was 3 months away from graduating cosmetology school, that really hurts knowing i was so close and now everything is at a complete stop, i missed my daughters continuation at school, her bday was may 22nd we couldnt do much just a party at home :( ive missed her field day, my GRADUATION the list goes on! everytime i try to walk it feels like pins and needles, as soon as i feel that pain i take my foot off the floor!! walking in the boot is tolerable i still need crutches though, the most i can do is kinda stablize myself and bear my weight without holding onto anything, but walking? thats another story…i hear everyone talking about AVN and the hawkins and my DR has enever mentioned any of that to me!! should i have had surgery? i dont know i thought i had good specialist tehy made it seem in like 3-4 days i would walk, its going on 8days with no cast and umm walking is not in my futurte i dont think….anyways like i said i know my injury is a little different than most posted on here but sheesh depression is setting in, along with frustration and other crazy emotions, i just wish i could hear one positive story or one similar to mine!! i feel so lost!!!

June 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm
(129) Kara says:

(CONT) i have friends telling me to man up and to just push through it but theyll never know how bad it really hurts and how ur life is altered when changed in a split second! ive never broken a bone in my life and im a girly girl on top of that so all this clunky medical stuff is driving me up the wall!! lol the DR did send me home with excersizes to do but i dont know maybe i need something more intense like PT cause especially for me not having it as bad as previous posters i still cannot walk and im honestly iscared this pain will never go away :(
SOMEONE HELP!!!! and for anyone reading who is scared of posting dont be!! i usually dont do things like this, msg boards and forums tend to get to be too much for me but i have no life now so i def will be keeping up with this one, hehe :) besides that id love to talk to people who are actually going thru what im going thru and not just some DR who thinks the pain and teh outcome…and friends who pretty much think you should be superwoman and healed in a matter of months, its just not happening! THANKS FOR ANY FEEDBACK I GET IT IS HIIIIGGHLY APPRECIATED **sigh** hope i hear from someone!

June 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm
(130) Tim says:

Hi everyone, I also suffered a serious talus injury on march 15 in a basketball game. I had surgery the next morning for my fractured and dislocated talus. 3 screws put the bone back together and I also tore my pareneal tendons so those were repaired also. I’m 20 years old so being young has definitely helped. The pain after surgery was unreal. Barely slept and the only relief were the 4 hours after pain pills. The pain was prominent for 2 weeks until i got the splint off and was put in the boot. i had very limited range of motion and still had pain to start so i couldn’t get my foot all the way in the boot until weeks after. I was at college so getting around was interesting. I started PT about 5 weeks after surgery to start getting ROM back. It may hurt but DO YOUR PT!! I worked very hard to get ROM back so i can get back to playing golf ASAP. I saw the doc on may 31 so 11 weeks after surgery and it went great. He was very impressed with my progression but still doesnt want full weight on it.
RIght now i can walk with both crutches very very short distances. Its more uncomfortable then painful but every day it gets better. Walking in the pool is great it makes you feel normal haha. It sucks missing out on 20 yr old things and missing golf but its a very short period in the long run of life. Ill be on crutches for 5 more weeks but i should basically be walking by then, my doc just doesnt want me going crazy. LISTEN to your doc and do everything he says.
Stay strong everyone, don’t get down on your self (i know it can be hard but push thru it)
Hope everyone is recovering well, stay positive!

June 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm
(131) Todd Lawrence says:

Hi Guys, it has been 12 weeks since i broke my talus non displaced been in the boot the whole time no weight bearing as doc told me, went to doc on thurs bone has healed and now trying to walk with no boot just trainers on but it hurts but getting better everyday do what the doc says no weight,do your pt and hang in there!

June 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm
(132) shannon says:

Hi guys,
I want to give u guys sum hope even tho i’m feeling a lil down in the dumps i know i could be much worse off right now.
4 weeks ago (week 16 of my injury) i was allowed to start 50% weight bearing. My doc was optimistic as to me snowboarding/ horseriding once i can walk.
today had my specialist appointment and doc sez i can start walking which is like YAY! but he said no riding or boardin this year. I’m sorta like wtf? the otha doc was pretty optimistic…… kinda upset and confused.
they wanna c me bak in 6 weeks by then i plan to be walking/ running and ready to board as the season opens this week. I am freakin grateful my ankles healed so tho. the fact i’m allowed to ditch my crutches as soon as i feel comfortable is awesum – also i’m allowed to ditch my moon boot. yippeee. I am still holding out great hope that i will in fact be boarding just hope i have the right doc to talk to not just sum doc being super careful and covering his ass.
Ne way there is hope. altho i do feel like one of the lucky ones. I didn’t really have pain after the surgery and only a little if i walk on my foot for ages and now i’m alloud to walk fingas xd i don’t develope avn now :) and i’ll b boarding and riding soon as!

June 27, 2011 at 12:47 am
(133) Lineman says:

Re: Kara and everyone else

I am almost a year since I fractured my left talus, I am almost 28 years old and I have had a rough 28 years broken arm, fractured skull, cracked bruised ribs, stiches from chainsaw, tons of stitches from hockey. Anyways of all those injuries falling off my motorcycle and fracturing my talus has been the most frustrating injury I’ve ever sustained. I was very depressed after I researched my injury painkillers didn’t help either try and get off them and onto Advil as quick as possible you have to do as much physio as possible but listen to your docs I stayed off my ankle for full 11 1/2 weeks then went to physio like a mad men 3 times a weak some weeks. It’s a very emotional injury and everyone’s is different I did develop some AVN but I didn’t have a full collapse. I do have arthritis and daily pain but I was back to work within 3 1/2 months some of the pain you have to endure and it will feel better with time with my injury the more I used it the better it felt but you can’t over do it u need to build muscle back. I am now back climbing power line poles and towers and just hoping i don’t run into any more problems until im old and hopefully by then they will have some badass mechanical ankle replacement haha anyways hang in there and stay tough it takes time but be positive hope this helps. Any questions just post on here. Cheers Lineman. :)

June 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm
(134) shannon says:

just a question – does n e 1 no how long it takes till u know whether ur safe from avn or not?
My bones fully healed but soft from lack of use but i am allowed to walk on it now which i can with a slight limp (its only bin 1 day so far) but seeing physio today for walking crutch free so that shuld help.
I have had no pain since i left hospital – in fact apart from the day it happened and the day after the op i had little pain.
I have excellent movement in my ankle (almost as much as my non injured one)
My doc 4 weeks ago seemed to think avn was unlikely but i had a diff doc this time. he was way more cautious about what i can and can’t do an more wary of avn altho he doesn’t actually no my case (first time i’ve ever seen him) wishing i had my doc i usually see.
My circulation in my foot seems fine if not better than my non injured foot (my non injured foot has a tendancy to go numb real easy in the cold and my injured one seems to be keeping warmer easier weird but good)
soooooo want to stay avn free~
got another doc appointment in 6 weeks so got 6 weeks to be walkin n possibly running like a pro to prove to doc i can snowboard – i know i wont be doing tricks or jumps this year but just wanna go down the mt :)

July 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm
(135) jason says:

It has been 19 months already from my talus injury. Guys, just think positive. I’m can now do the regular things that I do before the accident. I have had a broken talus in my right foot (dome and talar.) I can already run and jog. Thanks for the judgment of m Doc in the Philippines.

July 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm
(136) Nikki says:

I was hit head on by a kid who dropped a bagel inside the cab of his truck on 04.08.11. I suffered a hawkins IV fracture, broke my neck in 3 places, my neck artery tore spit blood up into my brain and my spleen ruptured and had to be removed.

I have been in PT for about 3 weeks and I feel like I’m already to full start full weight bearing. I have about 10 pins and screws still in my ankle that will never be removed. I am just starting to get some pins and twinges back into the bottom of my foot. I almost hate when my PT’s massage therapist does it cause it feels so weird. Its only been 3 months and for the people who are afraid dont be things come with time!!!!!! I just cant wait to go back to work.

July 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm
(137) Luke says:

Hello everyone,

I broke my right talus at the end of March this year, and have just had my plaster removed after 14 weeks. The x-rays looked promising, and apparently the fracture is fully healed (I think it was type II). The op was ORIF and I’ve two pins in now.

It’s only been a couple of days since the cast was removed, but I’ve been stretching religiously throughout the days and have already regained some rotation, though nothing worth bragging about.

Could you give me suggestions or links as to what sort of exercises I could do at home that have helped you regain ankle, and general leg strength?

Good luck with your recoveries

July 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm
(138) shannon says:

well its been 5months and 2weeks since my injury and i am walking by myself with a bit of a limp so i use my crutch to ensure i am walking correctly and not using other parts of my body to compensate. i can drive again and im back at work and altho my foots a little achy and im slow at walking im definatly gettin there. my physio sez he reckons i’ll be snowboarding in 3 n a bit weeks yay!!!! just no jumps that’ll put too much pressure on my ankle.
i’m gunna start riding again next nice day – just gonna ride slow on a nice pony that i know won’t throw me in a safe arena environment but its a start.
Everyone with this injury stay positive and think positive at all times – ur brain is a powerful tool to aid in ur healing :D

July 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm
(139) Kim says:

Here is my Talus story:
Fractured the neck 2 years ago Aug 2009 from falling off a ladder. Mine was a non-displaced fracture that was diagnosed right away.
I was followed by a (conservative) podiatrist who advised me to stay off it for a full 8 wks and transition to partial weight bearing after that (walking boot w crutch support).
I couldnt do much in the way of physical therapy until Christmas at which time I started having hip pain which translated into back pain. (I attribute this to walking w/ an uneven gait.)
The back pain got so bad I left off doing my measly therapy for the foot to focusing only on the back. I used the help of chiropractor to mobilize ankle while doing PT on back.
Finally after mos of PT on back (I have generous health insurance), I realized my back wasn’t going to get better until I got my walking pattern even, so returned to therapy on both ankle and back.
I’m now 49, female, have been an active runner all my life, also a sometimes triathlete, yoga practitioner, weight lifter. So I came at this from a healthy active point of view- never had experienced any kind of back pain.
After 19 mos of physical therapy (!!), I can walk pretty much pain free and have achieved equal ROM on both ankles.
I’ve had 3 epidurals on my back, have been on daily celebrex for more than a year, and had cortisone injection in ankle to beeak down scar tissue (I asked for this- doctor didn’t offer but it seemed to help.)

July 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm
(140) Kim says:


my advice to the newly injured:
-don’t walk on it too soon
- while in the boot, start core strengthening. Pay attn to glutes and posture- make sure your hips are level when you walk.†
-if you are over 45, healing will take longer than if you are younger. I had a therapist tell me this and I think it’s really true.†
-rehab should focus on range of motion and strengthening- i had best results w heel raises, resistance w an elastic band, balancing on one leg. Also writing alphabet in the air w the foot. Massage has been a big part of my treatment and I’ve used graston (from chiropractor) to treat knots in calf which seem to contribute to numbness in sole of foot. †
-get yourself a rehab team, whether professional or friends and family. You have a long road ahead of you and will need lots of support.†
-work on things you can control like weight loss and appearance. Don’t let depression take over your outlook.†
-don’t set your expectations too high- progress is very slow w this injury. I never thought it would have taken this long to recover- my doctor didn’t tell me- and maybe I would’ve been less frustrated if I’d known.

July 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(141) Pritesh says:

omg! i read all the stories from beginning. and i am scared now. most of them have problems. i want least 2-3 examples of talus fracture hawkin-3 who can walk completely normal as before. to make me feel confident.
i am really sad guys. i had hawkin 3 talus fracture on 27th april 2011. went under surgery on next day with 2 screws and 1 pin in it. the recovery is good so far. doctor and physio are happy. but i am searching about talus fracture since 2 months on net and belive me i hardly found ppl saying they are completely fine. everyone has some problem to share…..i hv dumped bi my gf due to this…went more sad….i loves to enjoy life. but on crutches i cant enjoy it. right now i am bearing 30 percent of weight……god i wanna walk….i wanna walk completely normal without any sort of limp……please

July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm
(142) Pritesh says:

omg! i read all the stories from beginning. and i am scared now. most of them have problems. i want least 2-3 examples of talus fracture hawkin-3 who can walk completely normal as before. to make me feel confident.
i am really sad guys. i had hawkin 3 talus fracture on 27th april 2011. went under surgery on next day with 2 screws and 1 pin in it. the recovery is good so far. doctor and physio are happy. but i am searching about talus fracture since 2 months on net and belive me i hardly found ppl saying they are completely fine. everyone has some problem to share…..i hv dumped bi my gf due to this…went more sad….i loves to enjoy life. but on crutches i cant enjoy it. right now i am bearing 30 percent of weight……god i wanna walk….i wanna walk completely normal without any sort of limp……please ………………

August 3, 2011 at 2:52 am
(143) Kaila Stark says:

Hey guys! My name is Kaila and I’m 22 from Southern California.
I, like most people have said on here, am soo glad I found this blog! To find a group of people going through what I am going through is very comforting and its nice to know that I am not alone. I seem to be the only one who shattered my talus bone while I was bodysurfing…. it was an intense crash! This happened just a few weeks ago on June 10, 2011. I was taken to the ER and diagnosed immediately. I waited a week and a half for the swelling to go down so I could have surgery. I now have 5 screws and 1 plate. I’m in a temporary plaster cast, they said for about another week, then I get my stitches out and put in a removable boot so that I can start PT and stretches as soon as possible. But like everyone else, no weight bearing for at least 3 months!! Since I am just beginning this (what seems to be a long and painful) journey, I am trying to get as much info on what’s going to happen, how I should prepare, and what I can do to increase my chances of speedy and good recovery. First off, I am trying to stay as positive as possible and hope for the best! I am going to try as many healing remedies as possible…like hydrotherapy, electro stimulation, and acupuncture. Anyone have good outcomes with stuff like that? And what else is recommended? It’s still too early to tell if I will develop AVN, but of course I want to prevent it as much a possible!
I’ll keep updating….I’m just starting! haha. Thank you guys for all the info and sharing your stories too!

August 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm
(144) Shannon says:

Amazing amazing news!!!!
after 6months i am walking (still have a very slight limp but getting better by the day)
I am allowed to go back to horse riding and snowboarding.
I am so so SOOOO happy. esp seeing as 6months ago my surgeon said i would not be snowboarding this season but he did say you could prove me wrong. I have proven him wrong!!!!! O YEA!!!!!!!!!!
to all those with a talus break – all hope is not lost! it is a long slow road to recovery but listen to ur docs and physio, rest it lots (i sat on the couch n did virtually nothing for 4 months resting my break)
But now i’m back in action. It is awesum! i still have a small chance of developing avn but it hasn’t showed yet and doc doesn’t want to see me again for 6months now so i don’t think its high on the possibilities list. will just keep looking after it and being healthy. :)
Stay positive and give yourself a goal – mine was snowboarding!

August 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm
(145) Kaila Stark says:

Thats awesome news!! I bet that was a great feeling knowing that you’re at the end of all of this. Thanks for the story too, you give me the hope that one day (hopefully soon) i’ll be walking again! I’ve been keeping positive about it all even though i’m in the beginning of the process. It’s good to see your positive attitude helped you get through it too :) have fun snowboarding this season!!
ps, do u have any other recommendations and advice for me? I’ve only just started taking my foot out of my removable boot to move it a little

August 11, 2011 at 2:31 am
(146) shannonth says:

hey Kaila,
When you do get your removable boot ( i got mine after a month afta the op) try your hardest to not put weight on it no matter how tempting just follow docs advice. i told myself from the start i’d do wot they say up till 6months (coz that’s wen i’d decided i’d be snowboarding whether they said i could or not hehe) when you can move it have heaps of baths to do your up and down flexing. its alot less painful and easier in the bath. when ever your resting have ur foot up too. go for lil walks (hops) to keep the rest of you active and sane (i got my mate to take me out to the horses once a week to visit was a mission on crutches but made me feel better about my situation)
do core muscle exercises like sit ups etc as u do need your core once you can start to walk again it gives your leg support.
Follow wot your physio says – they are helpful even if somethings they make you do hurt a lil its worth it.
don’t push it when you can start weight bearing do only what your told i did and i had very little pain during the whole learning to walk thing as i only did what my body was comfortable with and what the doc sed i could.
if you can access deer velvet try it it is supposed to aid in blood flow to your bones. I have been on calcium, deervelvet and omega3 ever since i broke it i think it helped :) also arnica for inside healing.
Find ways to keep yourself amused while sitting around – i did a bit of online selling ie trademe or ebay even if you don’t have stuff to sell c if u can sell stuff on behalf for family and friends – it makes u feel useful.
try not to get into a routine of sleeping in as going back to work after months of is heaps harder if you’ve gotten used to sleeping late and doing nothing.
those are all the things i can think of off the top of my head
hope some of it is helpful
Good luck in your recovery – keep your head full of positive things and focus on a recovered working foot not the bung one you currently have :D

August 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm
(147) Kaila Stark says:

Thank you for all the advice!! that helps me a lot :) it also makes me feel less alone during this! i ordered some deer velvet and arnica because u recommended them. you think they helped? i’m sorta into things like that….holistic and natural supplements. and i started to sell all my old textbooks online! make a little money and keep myself busy haha.
since i just started moving my ankle a little bit, it barely moves. its soo tight and stiff!! i’m wondering how long it took you to move it more and get more range of motion in it? it seems like it will be stiff forever! lol. also, the skin on my entire foot is soooo super sensitive and hurts, did that happen to you?
anyway, thanks for responding :) im happy for you that you are almost fully recovered! great to hear :)

August 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm
(148) shannon says:

I reckon the arnica and deer velvet helped – my aunty’s into her natural healing type stuff and recommended them to me.
My ankle was pretty stiff at first too straight out of cast i’d say i had about a 10 – 20 degree range of motion but now its almost as good as the other one so it takes a while to get good movement it was like 3 n half months ago since i started movin it and its still not quiet perfect.
I found it totally frustrating but perservered. My physio n doc both told me to do my ROM movements lots but only in little bursts so as not to over do it.
I had alot of baths to help relax the muscles.
Yup now that u mention it my skin on my foot and my lower part of my leg was soooooo sensitive and sore was hard to shave that part of my leg after gettin the cast off. I think it took awhile for it to stop being so overly sensitive.
Everything gets back to normal but it just seems to take for ever and ever!
My recovery is still gettin there and even now i find things frustrating – i am riding again but can’t jump yet as i don’t have the leg and ankle muscles to hold myself up and i’m hanging out to start my young horse but hav to wait awhile coz he mite buck me off n i don’t wanna re hurt myself.
I tried snowboarding for the first time on saturday – i couldn’t carve as i couldn’t use my toe edge as it strained the muscles up the back of my ankle and across my foot and hurt to much so could only board on one edge which meant i spent the whole day looking like a gammy beginner when last season i was hitting kickers and rails and learning new tricks…..
the talus is a SUPER sucky injury but with patience and postiviness you’ll get there :D

August 31, 2011 at 7:17 am
(149) wyoming says:

hi all, i’m 18 and recently broke my foot falling hard on it.
leg was immediately immobilized and i went to er.
i was given the possibility to have my ankle fused or try a non-surgical treathment. it seems the talus and the tarsus are both broken and the breaks are quite aligned but the fragments are small.
i oibviously choose the non surgical way.
all i know is that it will take a bit longer.
how long i should expect to stay in cast? i’ve seen that many talus breaks are cast-free after 5-8 weeks
my break is also less severe because it’s aligned.
sorry for my english

September 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm
(150) A>G says:

I got hit by a softball right above my ankle and it is swollen and really painful when I walk on it, what should I do

September 8, 2011 at 5:11 am
(151) Kaila Stark says:

how is everything going? is snowboarding season treating you well?
Things with my injury are going pretty well. i had my dr. appt last week and he says things are looking good! all the bones are aligned and healing well :) good news, but obviously thats just the beginning. it sucks cause i’ve been out of my cast for a month now and i still hardly have any range of motion in my ankle. it barely moves. but im keeping up with exercises and will start PT in a month. i hope it goes well. im super nervous though! cause i havent made too much progress in the movements. did you find that it took a long time for your ankle to loosen up and get more range of motion?
i’ve been a little busy because i have a bit more mobility which is awesome! im not stuck to my bed anymore.
i hope all is well with your ankle! :) your story is keeping me looking forward

September 16, 2011 at 2:04 am
(152) Preet says:

i am on 100 percent weight bearing now on crutches, its about 4 and half month, cant wait now for normal life to begin, wants to get rid off crutches soon. i had hawkins III fracture, hope to get well soon………

September 20, 2011 at 4:22 am
(153) chris says:

had my accident on the 30th july didnt get my op untill 25th of aug due to fracture blisters they would not operate because of infection i fractured the body of my talus had my stiches out after 2 weeks got a x-ray at the same time and doc was pleased so i have 4weeks left in my cast and then i am getting a removable boot and was told they were going to start phsyo dont know if i am looking forward to that hope fully wont be to painfull but cant wait to be back walking good luck to everyone with this type of injury

September 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm
(154) Rachel says:

hey guy
im 23 and broke my left talus bone, i fell of my horse and heard it break, i was in hospital for 5 days before they could op as they had to wait for the swelling to go down, i have got two screws and a wire plate, it has been 4 weeks and im in a fiberglass cast right now non-weight bearing, i go back in 2 weeks for more xrays, i dont really knw the extent if the damage, but by reading all of the comment means that i realy have to ask alot more questions, am missing ridding my horse alot, im wondering if i will ever be able to ride again :-(

September 27, 2011 at 2:12 am
(155) Pritesh says:

Hi, Rachel u have to keep patience for 4 more months least, this is a severe injury. b active for pt. hope u get well soon.

September 28, 2011 at 6:48 am
(156) chris says:

hi rachel i was told by my doc i would be 12 weks of non weight bearing and expect to be off work a long time as pritesh says this is a severe injury i am not looking to get back to work untill early next year so just trying to keep myself active hope u feel better soon

October 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm
(157) Yaggi says:

I fell through the ceiling while in my attic April 6. I broke both calcaneus and my L2 vertibrae. They did sugery on my back and also inserted plates and screws in both ankles. I was in the rehab hospital for 7 weeks. I have gone through in home rhab and now water therapy.
I can walk but not far and I still have significant pain. I am older in my 60′s. I am looking for other types of therapy such as mentioned above “I am going to try as many healing remedies as possibleÖlike hydrotherapy, electro stimulation, and acupuncture. Anyone have good outcomes with stuff like that? And what else is recommended” Has anyone experience any of these types of thereapy. What is AVN?

October 4, 2011 at 7:27 am
(158) Pritesh says:

Hi gyus i am on 100 percent weight bearing now on crutches, i had surgery of my ankle on 27th april 2 screws in my ankle, its five and half month almost, as per doctor i will start using cane from 16th oct, atleast i will get rid off crutches, cane sounds bit better than crutches…. i m scared of limping….keep updating please, this injury is diffrent and will help new injured to know when will they recover.

October 4, 2011 at 9:22 am
(159) chris says:

well done pritesh looks like u r heading in the right direction
it will b good to get rid of the cruthes i go next monday to see my consultant hopefully i wil get my cast off and replace it with a removeble boot stiil no weight bearing for a further 6 weeks its been 6 weeks since my operation just got to be patience….. good luck

October 8, 2011 at 12:34 am
(160) kaila says:

congrats pritesh! i think i’m almost there too. probably another 4 weeks or so.

yaggi, i found that acupuncture really helped me. it helped with pain, swelling, and movement. i also tried cupping. i’m not sure what your ankles are like, but mine were so stiff and my acupuncturist said that the old blood needed to be removed so that new blood could come in and heal the area. the cupping really helped that. also, hydrotherapy helps a lot too. being in the pool feels good and is easy on the joint. hot baths are awesome for loosening the muscles and makes it easier to do ankle exercises. i also got a little home electro stimulation machine. it is supposed to help with blood flow and circulation back to the area which is important to help prevent AVN (avascular neurosis) which is when there isn’t enough blood flow back to the talus bone and it dies. i’ve been taking tons of vitamins that help with bone strength and repair. i recommend deer velvet, collagen pills, omega 3,6,9, and a calcium supplement called isotonix. my doc is very impressed with my healing so far and i believe that a lot of these things are helping!! i hope that they will help you too. good luck :)

October 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm
(161) Steve says:

I was involved in a small airplane crash in July of this year. I broke my right Talus and it was repaired ORIF about three hours after the injury.
Initially I was put in a short leg cast, I am now in a short leg removable splint. I see my Doctor on the 18th of Oct. At that time he says he will put me in a boot and let me get started with weight bearing PT. At my last visit there was no sign of AVN but the Doc told me that it will be at least a year before he has a idea if the talus will survive.
I have a fracture blister that is taking forever to heal on the top of my foot. Hopefully this won’t have to much of an impact during my PT.
When I left the hospital, I bought a walker online. Then ordered some crutches from Mobilegs. I’ve been pretty happy with their product for the last three months.
The comments about this being a career changer have really hit home. I work as an airline flight engineer, I’m not sure if I can return to this field or not.

October 17, 2011 at 12:16 am
(162) Pritesh says:

Hi guys, just an update from me, i visited doc on 15th. i have started using a cane now finally got rid off crutches after almost 6 months, i walk without limp most of the times. but speed of walking is little slow. in morning when i wake up, i limp for few steps but then its ok, any suggestion on that??? as per physio i will start walking normally without cane in 30 days from now. have told me to do lunges, squating, theraband excercise to build up ankle strength. i am happy to get rid off crutches and walking on my own with help of cane though. good luck to u ppl.

October 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm
(163) Todd Dulawan says:

I fractured my fibula and talus after under-rotating a standing backflip. Tomorrow will be 6 weeks since the accident. All this time, I have been wearing a boot and using crutches with orders to not bear any wieght. My talus fracture is type-1 “non-displaced”. One week ago (5 weeks post accident), I decided to test my foot and see how things felt. I found that taking steps with the boot on was virtually painless. So, despite the fact I do not yet have doctors orders to do so, I have been walking in the boot without crutches most of this week. I took it a step further yesterday, and walked about my house without the boot. It doesn’t feel too bad granted I’m not really taking a normal step rocking from heel to toes. Rather, I am bearing most of the weight back toward my heel. I have made it a point to be pretty active the entire time i have been on crutches. i can motor around on crutches like nobody’s business at this point! I ahve also continued to work out focusing on upper body. I sit at a desk job all day long, so my leg has not been elevated hardly at all during this fiasco, and I went back to work the day after my accident. Each night when I come home, I take my boot off and massge my foot for long periods and I use as much hand pressue as I can tolerate. I have noticed that hot baths work great to increase range of motion. I have also noticed that swelling and circulation seems to be better when I am active. If I bear all my weight on my good side and remain stationary, my bad foot turns purple and starts to swell a bit. If I start walking around and get my heart going, the swelling tends to dissapate. It actually feels better to put some weight on it and walk a little bit than it does to stand around on one leg hanging on my crutches like a scarecrow. Hopefully I will get some good news from the doc in the morning that things are still looking good.

October 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm
(164) nickoletta100 says:

So glad to have found this forum, I learned more in the past hour reading it than in the past 5 weeks.

I fell off a ladder on Sept 24th and fractured my right talus. I was in extreme pain immediately and knew I couldn’t stand on it. I went to the ER and they told me it was fractured and that it would be 4 weeks before I could walk. They splinted it and told me to follow up with and ortho. Thank goodness they told me that! Ortho gave me the real news that it would be 8-12 weeks of cast and min 4 after that before weight bearing. He sent me for a ct scan and then saw I had a 1 mm displacement. I went to a specialist who did not recommend surgery. He said that if I had a 100% displacement and this was the result after surgery he would be happy. So no surgery. :)

I gotta admit I went home and had several breakdowns of crying. I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old. My 3 yo didn’t want to hug me as she was scared she would get sick and have a broken leg too. The first 10 days were the most depressed I have ever been in my life. I just wanted to hide in a cave til this was over!

I then got a steerable knee walker off Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Medical-790-Steerable-Walker/dp/B003VMAKVS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319992056&sr=8-1) and it has made all the difference in the world. I was able to lift my 1 yo and change his diaper and get him in and out of the crib. I could do laundry and dishes and leave the house. I was so scared of falling with those damn crutches. My 1 yo would come up and try to hug my legs and almost knock me over.

If you have this injury, you must get this walker, it has been so incredibly helpful in feeling human again and bonus! my insurance paid for it.

October 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm
(165) nickoletta100 says:

* cont.

So I saw my ortho at 5 weeks and asked if it still looked like I would get the cast off at 8 and he said he wouldn’t know til 8 weeks and not to get my hopes up too high. All this time I have been counting on walking at Christmas. I still have hope but all the stories on here are making me more realistic I guess.

I am lucky in that since the day of the break I haven’t really had pain and I keep telling myself I am lucky I didn’t crack my head instead. My spirits are pretty high and I am trying to stay active as I can but I am just so darn impatient! I would rather listen to the doctors and have the cast longer than pay for it later though. Thanks to everyone that has posted and especially thanks to those that posted follow ups. It’s good to hear the outcomes.

October 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm
(166) justin says:

Hi am justin from Uk

i broke my talus on the 27th of Aug (day before my Bday) while i was kite surfing. I got taken to A&E by heli which was good as they couldn’t reach me by ambulance. I had the Xray and was told i didn’t break the bone just severely sprained it.
After a few days i started to get abnormal pain, more than fair pain for a sprain. So i decided to return to A&E for a second opinion. I thought id be given a tap on the back and told there was nothing wrong. But!! it was broken in two places through the neck of the talus and a small fracture at the back. i received 3 screws and a knee high plaster for the next eight weeks.
Since then i have been to hospital every 2 weeks for checkups and they say its healing but not sure if AVN is present, fingers crossed it wont. Am really scared about putting full weight as am getting dull aches while resting. Well i have another xray on the 3rd of nov and that be my 8th week. i
Think i be off much longer just by reading your posts.

November 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm
(167) David says:

I fractured my Talus fifteen months ago, had twelve weeks non weight bearing on crutches then had to learn to walk again. Do not take this lightly, it really is that complicated. I still suffer pain every day especially after standing or walking for a while and I’m seriously considering giving up golf mainly due to pain the next day and also to stop wear and tear on cartilage to aid future Arthritis which seems to be another downside. I cycle a couple hundred kilometres per week and find this to be no problem, if anything it helps due to it being non weight bearing excercise. Hope this helps and good luck to all those who have suffered with this devastating injury !

November 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm
(168) justin says:

Had my cast of yesterday and another Xray it seems all ok but the doc recons it might have slight AVN but unsure. He says 8 weeks no full weight on my foot. The introduction with a physio therapist happened after and gave me some useful stretches and mobility exercises but i only get to see her every 2 weeks. My foot,ankle and calf is frozen stiff.
I hope to get it all stretched and worked loose. Any tips?

November 8, 2011 at 5:59 am
(169) Pritesh says:

Just an update, i have started walking without a limp using cane. without cane also i am walking normally i mean without limp. but on rough surface, on uneven surface i limp very little. i am happy with my recovery its 6 and hlaf month now. glad that i am walking, the speed of walking is average, cant walk very fast. but its ok, in my next update i will give detail explanation of my recovery for new and mid injured ppl. almost THIER STILL LITTLE TO HEAL THOUGH…….BUT HAPPY

November 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm
(170) Melissa says:

So happy I found this site. Reading everyones post has made me realize just what I’m in for. My dr seems to want to candy coat everything. I broke my talus in a car accident due to a drunk driver on October 4th, 2 days before my wedding. We had to of course postpone the wedding. We decided on March 15th. I was hoping to be walking by then but I think I have come to realize that I may be walking down the isle in crutches :( going to the dr today for my first x-rays since the accident. Hopefully I’ll have some good news.

November 16, 2011 at 9:59 am
(171) chris says:

hi everyone it is 12 weeks since my op for a broken talus so hope to be starting weight bearing next week when i see my PT cant wait to get rid of these crutches this is a long recovery for this type of injury but you just have to be patience good luck to everyone

November 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm
(172) Katie says:

I fractured my Talus after falling off a ladder in June 2011. It has been over 6 months now and it still is painful and I do not have full range of motion. I am a VERY active person and was running 20-25 miles a week before the injury. It is depressing that I cannot even walk now without pain. I wonder when and if I will ever be able to run again. I am only 32 and don’t want to give up running.

November 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm
(173) Katie says:

David, I can’t believe it’s been 15 months and you are still in pain. I bike and swim as well because it is essentially pain free. Good luck to you and I hope you don’t have to give up golfing.

November 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm
(174) Clark says:

I shattered my talus bone in April 2011. I have had five surgeries and also developed a staph infection. My doctor and another dr who gave me a second opinion has put amputation on the table as a consideration. I still have extreme swelling, limited mobility, nerve twinges, extreme foot pain, difficulty walking, and overall stiffness. It is depressing from going to being very active to almost unable to do anything. I am able to work thankfully I have a desk job as an accountant. My doctor said from the xrays I show severe arthritis and AVN has set in. She said I could try a fusion as my next step. Sometimes I wonder if I should just amputate to have a more active life. She said prosthetics have come a long way.

November 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm
(175) Deb says:

Hi, I hope a lot of you are now recovered and walking again.

I recently broke my talus( type 3) and maleolus
I had surgery, or/if and am now in cast non weight bearing for 12 week, and will then begin weight bearing and physio for 9-12 months. I’m in uk,

I’m worried about weight gain during this period, I’m thinking I’ll start swimming as soon as I’m allowed. I figure It will
Help with weight loss that I’m bound to get and take pressure off the joint while it gets stronger. Have any of you tried this? Can someone tell me what the physio is likely to involve?

Has anyone had a similar type fracture and actually recovered and been able to walk with no limp, or without walking aids? Have any of you ladies been able to get back
Into killer heels? ( even if took 3 years?)

Also how did you all sort the dry scaly flaky skin after the cast came off ( I’ve christened the afflication lizard leg! :) ) any help or advice ?

How long before people got back
To work?

Thanks, hope your all
Recovering well x

November 25, 2011 at 9:12 am
(176) chris says:

hi deb i am also in the uk i have just started weight bearing on monday i am allowed to put a little weight on my foot but still using my crutches but it feels so good to have two feet on the ground.So far i having been doing alright first day i had a very sharp pain going up the back of my heel but this seems to have got less over the last two days i was told by my PT that i would be on crutches for two weeks. the last time i seen my consultant he told me it does not take long to be back on your feet but i am hopeing to go back to work after the new year i had my op for a broken talus on the 25th of aug.I used E45 cream for the dry skin on my leg and foot after getting my cast off . Hope you heal quickly x

December 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm
(177) Todd Dulawan says:

Here is my progress update from post #163. I am now about 4 months post incident. I am walking pretty good at this point. No splints…no crutches…just regular shoes. It is still a little sore 1st thing in the morning and when the outside temp is cold, but its get loosened up fairly quick. I find I walk with a limp at times out of some strange habit that formed during the time I couldn’t bare as much weight, but if I really concentrate, I can take normal steps with no limp and no pain. It’s very psychological at this stage. I have not yet tried running or jumping. It still seems too sensitive for that, but i have been able to do flamingo stands with not help as well as perform taekwondo front kicks, roundkicks, sidekicks. I definitely have lost a a degree of balance on the injured foot

December 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm
(178) Todd Dulawan says:

post # 174 – Clark – that is horrible! I’m really sorry to hear of such complications :-(

Post # 175 – Deb – I didn’t require surgery like you did, but you can be fairly certain that it’s going to be well over a year before you feel at all close to normal. Again, I’m 4 months post accident (without surgery), and it still feels achey and just not 100%. I imagine it will be at least another several months for me. Progress is slow, but there will be progress. Stay positive and push yourself a little bit each week (don’t over-do it though). The second you feel unbearable pain – ease off it. Keep stretching, wiggling, etc. It may never be 100% again, but it will be a lot better than it is right now…..

December 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm
(179) Gilesy says:

I’ve got a non-displaced talus neck fracture (and fractured the navicular too) and have been in a cast for nine weeks. If all goes to plan, I’m looking at having the cast removed on Tuesday and the consultant has said that he expects I could start minimal weight bearing straight away. He even said that I might not need anything around the ankle at all, but if I felt like I needed it, perhaps a removable splint type thing.

I’m a bit worried because I’m still in a lot of pain, my foot still feels very swollen (although that might be a result of it being in a cast) and on the two occasions I have had the cast off (for x-ray and MRI) my foots just been hanging there with absolutely no movement whatseover.

Should I expect to get anything in the way of physiotherapy on the NHS or am I going to have to fork out for this myself? I’d like to think I could be going up and down the lake district fells where I live by the spring, but perhaps not?

December 15, 2011 at 10:31 am
(180) Gilesy says:

Update – Had further x-rays, and the consultant said the fracture was still there, and there was no sign of healing yet (after 9 weeks) but equally there was no sign of it getting worse. So he splint has come off and I am to work up to 50% weight-bearing over the next month, when they’ll reassess. Over the following month, he hopes to have me back to full weight bearing and driving.

I did query why the cast was coming off if there wasn’t any sign of healing, but he said if the cast stays on it will add a lot of time to the eventual recovery, and they know how long this bone takes to heal, so over the next month, I just have to be VERY careful not to put full weight on it or let the physiotherapist push it too hard.

Two days after the cast came off, the foot is still VERY swollen, VERY purple and it hurts! I also seem to have forgotten how long my leg is and am finding it very difficult to gauge where my foot is in relationship to the ground.

I have been given the back-half of my old cast to wear in bed at night, to ensure my foot stays at 90 degrees, and during the day I’m trying to make sure my foot is flat against the floor as much as possible. As for walking, I am trying to let me foot touch the ground as I walk, but any more than that and I know about it!

December 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(181) nickoletta100 says:

Follow up. I am at 12 weeks today and started 25% weight bearing yesterday. Had an x-ray and it’s pretty much healed up. It feels wonderful to start walking! I don’t have pain really so it’s hard to not just try to walk 100%. I am being good about doing 25% and knowing this week will go fast to the 50% next Friday. It feels like I am in the home stretch!

December 19, 2011 at 3:03 am
(182) josh says:

I broke mine aug. 25th coming up short on a dirtbike jump. I’ve had an acl reconstructed, collar bone plated and have to say i didn’t know what I was in for with this injury. What’s bad is i broke my right talus and in the same accident injured my left knee which I’ve already had surgery on. I get the results from that mri later this month.

But anyway I thought i just had a sprain so continued to walk on my ankle and after getting xrays found I displaced and fractured my talus. I had surgery sept. 8th and had 2 plates put in. I was in a solid cast for a month then a boot for about another month. Non weight bearing for 3 months. December 8th I saw my doc and my xrays show the talus is fully healed! I was supposed to ease into walking over that next week but I felt ready and started walking that same day (dec. 8th). I’m now in the walking boot until jan. 8th. Dec. 13th I even took my dog down a trail (something i’ve really missed) but I ended up cutting it short. My ankle was pretty sore after that and the next couple days as it was my first time walking on uneven ground like that. I did about 10 pt sessions and for months have done home exercises every single day. I think this has been critical to my recovery and i have full motion up, outward, and am pretty close with downward and inward. My ankle gives me hardly any pain, just some stiffness which I think ocne I’m completely out of the boot I will be able to get rid of. I really just want to get out and give it some abuse to get all my motion back! I’m 23 years old and I hate the fact that I live every day with pain from the surgeries i’ve had to go under due to motocross. It’s my passion but after this last injury I find myself asking if it’s really worth it to put myself through all of this. I”m staying positive and I hope to be fully active, running, hiking and maybe even dirtbiking after about 2-3 more months.

December 25, 2011 at 2:31 am
(183) Pritesh says:

Hi to all, i am back to my normal life since one month. i had a fracure of talus before seven and half month. i dont limp while walking. i walk normally. on road yes i cant say it doesnt pain, it does but its tolerable pain. happy that i can walk without limp. speed of walking is little slow than normal. i can not run. and i wanted to ask you ppl abt biking. should i drive my bike?? my doctor has said no to me. but i did it twice till now. i likes to post specilly for new injure ppl. coz i know every one wants to know when they eill walk normally. it took me 6 months to start walking without any support. I had hawkins 3 type of fracture. will post again.soon…..bye 4 nw

December 26, 2011 at 7:02 am
(184) James says:

I suffered a Hawkins II talus break while climbing. I received Open Reduction, Internal Fixation with 6 screws. Surgery occurred within 24 hours of the break. The doctor said the x-ray at 8 weeks was excellent, but there was no Hawkins sign.

I have been an ultra-trail runner, and I was wondering, has anyone been able to return to running? My surgeon said not to try it for 6 months, but he did not rule it out. Ironically, I was back climbing one one leg with the cast. I would like to run again though. This is the longest break from running by far in more than 20 years, and I now know what a recovering heroin addict feels like.

January 3, 2012 at 5:11 am
(185) Ash100 says:

Hi ,I just broke my talus bone yesterday canyoning,in hospital now waiting for surgery,I have been told at least 1 screw.I will wait till the operation is done but what is the general consensus of how long I will be on crutches

January 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm
(186) Pritesh says:

ASH100, i think for atleast 4 months you have to b on crutches, but b positive, and u will b fine soon. i had hawkins 3 type of fracture, nd now i am back to normal life, though i cant run for one more year.

January 23, 2012 at 6:37 am
(187) Lanny says:

I too am glad to have stumbled onto this forum! I’ve read all the posts here and am dismayed that so many have such problems with this kind of injury. I had ankle pain that started several weeks before seeing the doc & only went to urgent care when I just couldn’t stand it any longer. I was diagnosed December 30th with a talus stress fracture although it was not visible on the xray. Doc said it usually doesn’t show up unless there is a displacement/separation or until its healing. Said I had “classic” symptoms and put me in walking boot. Its been almost a month and I have more pain than now than what drove me into the doc in the first place! I see here from most people that non weight bearing is the norm and I’m wondering if that’s what I should have been instructed to do at first. I don’t have insurance, so I am very concerned about a protracted and costly road to recovery. Should I just wait a while longer to see if things will start to improve, should I just use the pair of crutches I have from a prior injury & do non weight bearing, or should I see if I have enough pennies in my piggy bank to head back to the doc? I’m so frustrated and so tired of the chronic pain, especially at night. I race sailboats and teach sailing, so I need to get me feet under me again in time for the upcoming sailing season. Please give me advice! Thanks!

January 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm
(188) Kate says:

This is in response to the last comment. I too had a stress fractured talus in May 2011. I had the classic symptoms and developed the fracture from overuse/ running. I was non weight bearing for six weeks, and then had a boot for four weeks. I still experienced pain off and on for a month after the boot and now, six months later still have twinges. I have given up running until I feel convinced I’m better. I have done a lot of walking and cycling since, but I rest it when it starts to bother me. I think crutches and rest are a good idea, just don’t expect to be better right after your treatment is “complete.” This injury is a slow healer. Listen to your doctor and your body and good luck!

January 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(189) kate says:

Oh, and when I came out of the boot, my pain was greater than it was at the onset. It did fade gradually as my muscles strengthened again. The doctor I saw said if my after boot pain became too great, that I could put the boot back on for a spell, but I needed to wean myself from the boot. Hope that is helpful and again, best wishes.

January 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm
(190) Shannon says:

Hey everyone! Hope ur healing is going well…. Just thought I’d update as it’s been ages…..
This weekend I’m coming up to my 1 year anniversary of my accident. I am almost as good as new. Still get stiff n a lil sore (nothing major) after a hard day but almost running without a limp and walking fine. Boarded last season tho no jumps. Back horse riding. All goin sweet :-D got my next xray in 20days I’m sure it’ll show my awesomely healed ankle….
Remember to keep positive chin up don’t let anyone get u down especially those docs! I listened to them but in my head I told myself they were wrong about me not boarding, riding or running for at least a yr after my injury. And I proved them wrong pretty stoked to bum the docs out. Have a goal and stick with it. You will get there don’t let ur body down by letting negative thoughts in it only hinders the healing.

February 7, 2012 at 4:12 am
(191) Pritesh says:

Hey Shannon, its great to read ur comment.
i had hawkins three fracture before 10 months, i am also walking normally now. but running is the issue with me.
i cant run, can u please give me some tips abt how did u manage it?? waiting for a reply 4m u.

February 8, 2012 at 9:28 am
(192) Lisamarie says:

I feel everyone’s pain and can totally sympathise….sadly. My 13 year old daughter hurt her foot 10 months ago climbing down from her horse.Since then she has seen 5 Ortho specialists, 15 Registrar’s, 15 Doctor’s at least….had 9 xrays, 1 MRI and a load of bullshit being passed from pillar to post and eventually she had a repeat scan 2 weeks ago…and lo and behold not 1, not 2, but 3…yes 3 talar fractures and a torn peroneal tendon and deltiod ligament. Now we find out she has advanced AVN. Apparently unheard of in a child. I have been fighting so hard to help my daughter, I even asked to have her admitted to hospital because she was and is in so much pain. I have made a formal complaint to the NHS, tried to have her seen privately and done everything possible. Now all we have is an appointment for orthotics when she cant even walk, while the surgeon waits for advice to come in from specialists around the world. Her ankle is black and blue, swollen and makes an awful noise when she walks, She can’t even manage a full day at school and only attends half days. We as a family are all suffering and my daughter is almost at a point of no return. No mother who trusts her instincts should fail in such a manner and I hope that by the time they decide which surgery to help my daughter’s foot, they will have also learnt how to mend broken hearts. Good luck to everyone else out there. I am not religious but will say a prayer for each and everyone of you x

February 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm
(193) Kathy says:

Fell a week ago and have an vaults ion fracture on my talus. Of course this happened on a Friday evening and the er doc said I had a fracture put it in a temp cast and saw the ortho five day later. Well he put me in a boot and said to walk with the crutches but ok to put weight on it. Is this right??? Also starting therapy next week!!! After reading all of these post it is kind of scary and really wonder about putting weight in it. I am so sorry for those of you who have had and are having such a difficult time. Not sure about all of this…any info would be appreciated.

February 20, 2012 at 9:21 am
(194) chrisscottd says:

Was getting depressed at how long this was tking – reading this has made me realise I am doing well.

Since your experiences helped me, I will add my two pennyworths and post my history.

60 yr old male in UK – fairly fit. After a lifetime parachuting, partying hard, playing rugby and rock climbing only injury had been a broken nose, Nov 5th (stone-cold sober), I tripped over a paving stone and smashed talus into 9 pieces, several of which were sticking out of the skin. I also cracked two ribs and sprained my wrists.

Immediately called ambulance and was on operating table within 90 mins.

Stayed in hospital for four days, then released in a below the knee non-weight-bearing cast. Used crutches to get around but with difficulty.

Back to hospital 9 days later to have stitches removed and cast replaced. Told only 15% chance of healing and bone-graft likely to be needed to solidify ankle.

Back to work (desk job – taxi to and from) next day, after 11 days off.

Plaster removed week 8, exchanged for reinforced ‘moonboot’. Told I could put about 30% weight and increase gradually. Unfortunately, un-natural gait triggered re-occurrence of slipped disc – which made getting around on crutches fun – and hurt a lot more than foot!

For the first couple of weeks in boot foot swollen and sensitive by evening, but with rest and elevation recovered by morning.

Returned for x-rays week13 – told healing is happening, and I can start weaning myself off boot and crutches.

Most days now limping around with stick, though for any distance outside I do use boot and crutches. Discomfort level varies.

Still to start any physio but am flexing/rotating ankle when I rest in the evening. Hot bath before excersing reduces pain.

Seems to be a matter of pushing things a bit but then resting up.

February 20, 2012 at 9:25 am
(195) chrisscottd1 says:

Cruches are very hard work, even with good upper body strength. Gloves help a lot

I make the most of my Ďuprightí time Ė discovered online grocery shopping and a laundry which collects and delivers Ė life is too short for trogging around a supermarket or ironing shirts. I have lost two stone in weight and gone from lean to skinny Ė but that will be easy enough to sort out Ė though I need smaller waist trousers now Ė sagging is a fun look on teenage boys but not on a 60yr old on crutches!

Prognosis – docs now say healing to extent of walking with no visible limp quite possible. Parachuting and rock climbing will have to wait. Still possible that necrosis will set in and bone die Ė but possibility reduced from almost certain to a possibility.

Longer tem severe osteo-arthritis probable and ankle may have to be fused/replaced after 10 years or so (I will be 70ish by then and may be less active anyway!).

Keep cheerful – recovery is slow, but it is not all doom and gloom

February 23, 2012 at 3:00 am
(196) Katrina says:

Finding this site has been wonderful and inspiring. I was knocked off my road bike almost 6mths ago and suffered hawkins 3 fracture of rt talus. I was non weigh bearing for 12weeks, I have been having intense physio treatment for 2mths and have found it extremely frustrating that recovery is so slow. Has anyone experienced blocking of the ankle, i can do my work at the gym and then come home have a shower and then it blocks and I cant bend my ankle forward. It just happens randomly but docs arent saying anything – any info I would be grateful. I try to and generally manage to walk without a limb and pain is constant. Back at work for a few hours as I’m on my feet all day. Any feedback would be appreciated. Good luck to everyone out there. Katrina

February 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm
(197) Andy says:

Like many of you I am recovering from a dislocated ankle and broken talus. Presently at the 2 month stage after surgery, one more month to go. See attached weblink regarding hyperbaric therapy for fractured talus: http://www.bioline.org.br/pdf?jp08047

March 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm
(198) JB says:

Hi all, i am a longer sufferer of the Talus torment and was wondering if anyone still suffers with aches and pains and if they have any suggestions on futher treatments. I am so desperate to get my old lifesytle back I am now willing explore private treatment to get this sorted.

Any experience of cortazone injections?

I fractured my talus 6 years ago. Landed awkwardley playing football. after 6 months of none weight baring, 3 partial with crutches and hydro/physiotherapy. I had an arthroscopy to remove the fractured bone and then Artciular Cartledge Resoration (drilling holes in the bone to stimulate cartledge growth). 3 more months of none weight baring and more physio there was a noticable benefit and i started rehab through gym, swimming, hyrdrotherapy pool etc.

The surgery did make a big difference as i could walk and excerise (gently) i tried to ease back into football and light jogging and after another year i managed to play a full season. However i was left in so much pain following the excerise, sleepless nights and bad swelling i threw in the towel.

Another arthroscopy44 and a half years after the break to see if there was anything else that could be done (which NHS said no) and now im hobbling round still 6 years on, good days and bad days but i would say 5 days a month tops i have a pain free day.

I am greatful i am not in the position that some of you have written about and wish everyone a good recovery from this frustrating break! But any experiences on further treatments would be great! even a day at work in the wrong shoes (bare in mind i have a desk job) can leave me in agony in the evenings.

March 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm
(199) Samstephens says:

I had a collision on 26th december 2011.i shattered my left talus and snapped my right femur.im still non weight bearing on both legs.ive been left with a fair size scar to the left foot as it was an open fracture.ive been left with no sensory feeling in the foot.and very little movement.2 nails hold the talus together.The surgeons tell me im lucky to have the foot.i wondered if anyone has suffered similar injuries?thanks

March 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(200) Zach says:

Go to a physical therapist, I shattered my talus in September and was walking in January. Then with 24 intensive physical therapy visits and some squats and calf raises outside pt I am back running sub 11 100 meter dashes. I cannot stress how important it is to go to a physical therapist regardless of what the doctor says. It helps you in the short ad more importantly in the long run

March 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm
(201) znevans says:

6 months ago I shattered my talus in to 5 distinguishable pieces and many more small fragments as well as tearing my tendons and legiments. The rehab and healing process was long and frustrating but after 6 months I am up and running. Not just running but a sub 11 100 meter.
This is a tough injury to get through but with patience and most importantly a great attitude you can get back to 100%. I just told myself there was no way I wasn’t going to get back to 100% no matter what anyone told me or what read on the Internet.
So for all of you fellow talus fracture patients out there, keep your head up and feel free to email me at znevans22@gmail.com. Good luck to all

April 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm
(202) Vanessa says:

I was in a car accident July 14, 2011. From the way my doctor described, the bone flipped broke in half and fractured on one side. It almost protruded the skin. I was in an x-fix for 2 weeks, and had surgery with some hardware (I was on so much medicine I am not sure exactly what, but I do know for sure there are some screws). I was in a soft cast for about a month, and then given an aircast to wear. I was non weight bearing for about 6months total. At first they said 3-4 months before I could walk without help and the time was actually doubled. i have been crutch free for about 3 months and boot free for about 2. I can walk up steps, but not down and have hard times on inclines. I try hard to keep my foot straight but sometimes feel it going sideways after I walk for awhile and it starts to hurt. I get terrible pain and swelling and lately feel a stabbing pain at times so I am worried that the hardware is broken or loose. I will be going to get some X-rays to be sure.

What I recommend is make sure to wear proper shoes!! I made the mistake of wearing flats that offered no support and trust me it does not help and is not worth looking cute. I am only 24, and the Doc said I should heal just fine and at my last appt a few months ago he said the bone was healed. Another point of advice, is try not to read all these stories and worry yourself silly! That is what I am doing now because of the pain in my heel (and it may just be irritated because I walked 1.4 miles today!)

There is hope, just TAKE YOUR TIME..it is not worth it to rush it. My doc told me the only way to fix it after this is a fusion and that is nearly impossible to recover from. ‘I stayed in school throughout the whole ordeal which kept me from getting down and depressed. It is normal to still have moment just remember that you were blessed to walk and even if it hurts thank God for that.

best wishes!

April 6, 2012 at 3:41 am
(203) Pritesh says:

Hi Vanessa, after reading your comment, i think your muscles are still little weak. i will advice you for some PT. i had hawkins 3 fracture about a year ago. it took me 7 months to walk normally again . I will advice you to use a shoe called reebok-zig. these are very good shoes . try to use them. u might feel better.

April 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm
(204) Jenna says:

Hello all…i have a 2 mm avulsion fracture of lateral talus. I went to an assigned doc ( workers comp) he was very brief of course… 3 days after fracture. He left me in air splint and said weight bearing as tolerated and i should be without crutches in 2 weeks. Everything i have read and even articles with xrays of my exact fracture say 4-6 weeks nwb in cast. Anyone else been given my docs recs? Im very worried wrong advice.

May 4, 2012 at 1:50 am
(205) J Brian says:

T-boned while skiing Feb 4th Talus Fracture Hawkins II + with avulsion of distal end of fibula. First surgery within 6 hours OR with four screws. Good approximation of fracture. Two week later second surgery to attempt to repair avulsion fracture. Too small and just removed and put bone anchor in place for soft tissue. NWB with rigid cast then an Aircast which I remain in at 12 weeks.

Post films marginal for Hawkins sign so did a MRI and confirmed AVN at the talar head/dome and anterior-inferior aspect of Talus. Advised continued NWB and just “watch”

Any suggestions? Would like to hear what can be done for exercise with NWB and anything to be done to increase vascularization and hopefully offset further AVN. Kind of discouraged so would appreciate your help!

May 9, 2012 at 1:59 am
(206) Melissa says:

Great forum. It is enlightening to read everyone’s situations and ideas. I was hit head-on by a drunk driver 8/22/11, and was in surgery within 6 hours for a Hawkins 3 displaced fx. Was NWB for over 12 weeks. I have had a follow-up surgery to remove hardware and excise more of the talar head. So far, no signs of AVN. I have been very frustrated with the continued pain, but it is good to read that this is just a very slow recovery. I am an ER nurse and have been concerned about ever returning to my job. PT has been a life-saver for ROM. Thanks to everyone for sharing their unique situations!

May 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm
(207) Justin says:

Last post 168.

Hi once again been a few months 4 in fact since my last post and nearly 9 months since the accident. Still no joy :( ankle is still hurting all over with loud clicks and cracking.
Am strugling to walk correctly my dorsal flexion is 5 to 10 degrees below normal and getting a hard lock meaning its not going any moving any further towards me. Been doing physio 3 times a week and still no joy with the walking.
I have seen an akle specialist and he got me in with a CT scan, got the results and now tomorrow he is going to take away my two screws and shave some bone away and maybe some old scar tissue. I hope that this will get the full movement back again.

June 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm
(208) Deb says:

Hi. 8 month ago I sustained an intra-articulated talus body fracture with comminution and displacement-it was severely displaced, i had orif. 12 week in cast non weight baring and the same on a Walker boot, I had daily physio for 4 weeks starting 5 weeks ago im now down to 3 times this week, I know im lucky to get so much. there is after the orif still a large displacement it’s anterior subluxed, there is also Avn and I lost a lot of cartilage and complex regional pain syndrome. My foot and ankle r stiff and hangs plantarfex after about a month of physio it just about comes to neutral. I’m still in a lot of pain and only mobilise with two crutches very short distance and period of time, I can’t get my foot on the ground fully, inversion and aversion r not too bad. I’m told I will need fused has anyone had this, what was ur experience ?
Also I lost my job as q result of this, I’ve been told I’ll never walk without a limp and have pain that will likely increase, and post trauma arthritis is already in progress. Anyway the job loss has meant I needed to get into benefits system ESA and dla has anyone else had this? They state im fit to work despite the fact I can’t walk more than small distances. I am unable to drive anyway with this would need to use bus/train and wouldn’t b able to manage the walk to bus to get to a job never mind getting to job from the other end. If u have been here how did it pan out? Also if anyone had this type of talus fracture how long before crutches free and how bad was the limp?

July 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(209) lee says:

On the 15 August 2010 i had a motocross accident i got a jump totally wrong and landed from a great height resulting in fractures to both talus bones. i was in plaster and a wheelchair for 6months. No surgery was carried out (undisplaced fractures).

I had to learn to walk all over again with physiothearpy. nearly 2 years down the line pain has got so bad i have a job to walk. physio only made things worse and was told to stop until pain was under control(this still has’nt happend). my left foot has become out of shape and the right one is slowly following.
I am now starting to get pain from my waist down(thighs knees calfs and feet). which is very very uncomfortable. I’ve bn on loads of different drugs to try and sort this out but nothing is working. I also suffer from nerve and tissue damage NOT GOOD. I have also been diagnosed with C.R.P.S.(Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.

I am only 30 yrs of age with two young children but as a result from the accident I cant do the normal father and son things like run, play football or ride a bike which really upsets me and my kids (its wrecked my life.) but boys and there toys hey.

I am currently waiting on a wheelchair so it alows me to get out and about with the family. I no how u all feel I would’nt wish this on my worst enemy.

Good luck to eveyone who is recieving treatment. My only advice is to keep ur chin and hope overtime things will get bk to normal

July 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm
(210) lee says:

In reply to Deb my situation is the same cant drive or walk far. I am still using crutches 2yrs down the line and as for the limp my is heavy and getting worse sorry but eveyone is different.

I applied for ESA and like you was turned down. Its a joke especially when you genually suffer from this pain and other people are getting these benefits and have no problems. You can appeal this but not sure of the outcome.
I did get disabilty though after the second time of applying so just keep getting the forms filling them in and send them off. You should get somewhere. good luck i hope this helps a little

July 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm
(211) adam says:

Hi I fractured my right ankle (Hawkins type 2) on the 20th of march after stepping of a small ladder on to a bit of wood not as exciting as some stories. I had 14 weeks none weight bearing now weight bearing and feels great other than the fact I look silly walking which doesn’t bother me to much as figure when my foot moves again it’ll be better I was wondering if anyone knows how long it’ll be till I can drive.

July 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm
(212) Seanyboy01 says:

Im 30 and had a fall off a height of 15-20ft at the end of may 2012!!!

Talar dome (displaced) fracture diagnosed after 10 days in cast.

Had surgery 9th June to remove the broken segment and got heavily bandaged afterwards.

Ive started physiotherapy from beginning of July and pain only slight. I have been weight bearing under guidance of physio but perhaps going overboard on one or two occasions (walking without crutches at home), will be more careful. Will be on crutches at least until september but progress feels generally good. X ray two weeks ago showed bone had healed fine and my next x-ray is 9th august.

I have been advised not to full weight bear for 12 weeks.I will keep stretching and get on a bike or to the pool and note my progress after my next xray. Fingers crossed!!!

good luck.

August 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm
(213) Jemma says:

Hi all, it’s been 8 weeks since I fractured my talus and calcaneus and I’m finally out my cast and into a moon boot. I’m finding it frustrating as I’m still not able to
anything at all really. The swelling is still unbearable and my elephant foot is really painful and stiff. At night seems the worse, the aching and general pain is horrible, I feel such a drama queen! I’ve been signed off work for a further 6 weeks which is killing me financially and also having a small child is making life really difficult. I’m slowly getting movement back but still can’t put my foot to the ground without pain and to be honest i don’t have the confidence to do so. I feel I don’t have the stengh in my leg to even try. I get a constant ache in the top and bottom of my foot, does anyone else get this?

September 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm
(214) Ian says:

Jemma the pain in your foot is a weight transference pain, you basically shouldn’t be walking on it so soon after a break I was non weight bearing for nearly 15 weeks and I had the pain when I started putting weight down but it soon went after a few days it’s been 17 weeks since my break now I dont have any pain any more and my movement is good but AVN could change everything for me yet

September 20, 2012 at 11:55 am
(215) A says:

20 y/o female

My story:
I suffered a displaced Hawkins III? talur neck fracture in June of 2012 in a car crash. I was misdiagnosed in the ER that night as having a broken heel. That was a Saturday night. I did not learn of my misdiagnosis until Wednesday, then had surgery on Thursday during which I had 2 screws put in. Was casted from June until early August. Wore a boot for several weeks still non weight bearing. Starting walking (trying to walk) August 21st. Was in PT for a month. Walking with a limp. AVN present at 3 1/2 month check up. 20% of talus seems to be affected. 80% is good. Hoping it revascularizes. Moderate achy pain almost daily now. Some pain when walking. Continuing to work on strengthening my atrophied calf and ankle. Also undergoing HBOT 2-3x/week in hopes of it helping with revascularization.

If anyone is in or has been in a similar situation, please respond. Curious as to what your doctors are saying or how things turned out for you!

November 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm
(216) Ethan says:

My mind is spinning from all these posts. I’m 40 yrs old, I crushed lateral process of rt talus 2 weeks ago (also less concerning broken medial malleolus). Surgery completed on day 8 after swelling reduced, spent 2 nights in recovery. I’m super active on my feet (squash, kiteboarding, rock climbing, running) and fear I will have to reprogram my life. I feel like I had the best care possible, ORIF by Dr. Benirschke. 6 hrs on the OR table and an unspeakable # of spikes and screws in my foot. Doc also loosened some tight tendons/ligaments to improve my ROM and gait. Some pieces of cartilage had to be removed. I know I’m in a non-weight bearing cast, but really there has been minimal to no pain in my foot since returning home. I can only hope that Carrie’s post #50 about Dr. Benirschke rings true for me. I did feel like he treats foot and ankle reconstruction with absolute precision, like each foot he sees is a new masterpiece. I know it’s a long road I face. I’m getting choked up as I write. Good luck to all you others. PS… my demise was a rock climbing fall of about 15 feet.

November 8, 2012 at 4:58 am
(217) Rambling Rose says:

I fractured my talus 3 years ago which was fixed by ORIF and it is still giving trouble. I am a keen walker/rambler. The ankle is now unpredictable and unreliable. I can go for a ten mile cross country hike one day and itís fine. Do the same walk another day and Iím lame. It doesnít object while Iím doing it but waits until Iíve stopped and even then it may or may not be fine the next day. The only factor I can isolate that is almost guaranteed to make it give trouble is slippery mud on a slope otherwise there doesnít seem to be a common denominator. The bone I broke was the talus but I also crushed the joint as it was diagnosed as a sprain at first so I hobbled about on it for four weeks before being sent for a scan. I am wondering if I should go back to see my surgeon or get some more physiotherapy or simply limp on.

November 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm
(218) daisy says:

I injured my foot in september and was told that it was a sprain because the x-rays showed not breaks. Six weeks, 6 x-rays and 1 MRI later I was told that I had a broken foot and talus. I injured my foot initially in 2006 by tearing a ligament which was never repaired. I went fishing with my husband and did not wear the braces because the land looked perfectly smooth. I broke my line and then stepped off the curb onto the ground and the foot turned outward. I looked like a z. My leg was on top of the foot and I was litting on top of the leg. After five weeks I was walking on the foot while in the boot, but times I would walk on the foot without the boot. I went to see my doc who asked why I was not out of the boot. I explained that it hurt and was swelled and I could not rotate the ankle. She ordered x-rays and sent them to the the podiatrist and immediatly sent me to see him. He looked at the pictures and said that I have a broken foot. I told him that I could not rotate the ankle, so he sent me for an MRI and found out that I have a broken talus. Just last week, week 15 he relooked ar the MRI and said that there were fractures all around the ankle and one in the calcaneous. He also talked to anouther doc because of the fluid buildup on the foot. I dont have a real clear picture of everything . I only had the cast for a week because of problems with the foot turning blue and problems with the nerves. I was told to massage the foot and retrain the nerves by using different cloths ending with sand paper, so the nerves would lose the sensitivity. It did work so that my foot is not numb any more or at least as much.
I was told it is still too early to know if I will get AVN. I know that I do not want it so I will do what ever is neccessary to keep it from happening.
I wish all the best of luck.

December 7, 2012 at 3:23 am
(219) westway says:

Multiple fractures of my talus bone from falling off my horse 3 months ago. Had internal reduction and fixation.
I’ve now been given the ok to fully weight bear so am working closely with my physio. Still use the crutches if i’m going out, and in the morning as it is more painful then, but am walking around the house with just a bit of a limp and minimal discomfort. Range of motion is still pretty bad, but is improving by a couple degrees every week.
Hopefully I’ll be back to riding and competing soon! My physio says it will be another 6 months, but i’m more optimistic. ;)
Stay positive! Its not all doom and gloom….just slow.

December 24, 2012 at 12:52 am
(220) gianna says:

I too fell off my horse 2 years ago . I dislocated and fractured my talus In 3 spots after 3 surgeries my talus is far from okay. Had my first surgery to put everythibg back together 4 screws . Went back having terroble pain .. head ofy talus died.. had a bone graph from my hip and one screw removed leaving three .. went back 8 mnths later still in horrible pain half of my bone graph did not take … went back to my surgen and he cleared out the dead talus and took all but one screw out.. I have 0degree motion going upward .. and still bruising 5 months later and the pain had not gone away… ive gotten bavk on my horse a few times but only makes things more painful and lots or cracking poping clicking everything while riding has anyone else have a bone graph fale n have multiple surgeries any in north new jersey ??! Please help

January 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm
(221) MaryB says:

Fractured talus with synovitis and marrow edema.. 5 months ago, can finally walk on it but my leg “still” has to be up. When leg is down, it turns red, not as bad as before but turns pink, and swelling at ankle and low calf occur.. does the redness/pink and swelling sound familiar to anyone. Had a doppler/ultrasound done on veins and they are fine but the lingering swelling is extremely painful and debilitating.
thank you

January 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm
(222) jennifer says:

It’s been 1 years and 3 months since I shattered the tailed in my left foot and still have lots of pain a.d swelling. I do walk with a slight limp.and I’m depressed every day I wake up. Wishing I could be active again. I’m having trouble with someone hiring me do to it.

February 7, 2013 at 3:25 am
(223) Jae says:

on the 9th Dec 12 I had a car accident. I was being sent to the hospital but i was told with just a “swollen and bruised ankle.” Went for follow up after a week and another doctor realised that it shouldn’t be swelling now. Went for another scan and shown with talus cracks.

Damn that doctor. Placed on a cast thereafter. Been on cast for 7 weeks already. The hairline talus crack was quite bad around 3cm but was a non-displaced one. Kept going for xray, and xray. Felt relieved to have found this website. Doesn’t feel the pain when I’m in the cast. Doctor says that the recovery rate was slow since the last visit ( around last week) . Feels really bad and gloomyhaving to stuck at home for 2 months around. It was darn boring.

But well, I’m not alone :’) Hang in there guys ! I’m hanging there too, learning guitar, (using hands only ) . Had to always elevate the legs as when its down it turns red/pinkish ):

February 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm
(224) Clark says:

Hello all,

I am glad I found this website. I shattered my talus in April of 2011 after falling off some stairs at a boat dock and landing on some rocks. My initial surgeon said the talus was in about 30 pieces. I have just had an ankle fusion on January 7th. I tried to do avoid this surgery but the pain and swelling was too much. My physical activity has been very limited for the past 2 years. Also my foot had healed back crooked and I tended to walk on the side of my foot which was painful. My new surgeon said I had a 70% chance of this fusion giving me relief and back to a somewhat active life. The surgery pain is almost gone and I don’t have any of the pain that I used to have with arthritis. I am non weight bearing until around March 15th. I have actually considered below the knee amputation if this fusion doesn’t work. I want to be able to lead an active life again. if someone would have told me 2 years ago I would ever elect to have a below the knee amputation I would have told them they were crazy. But those of you who live with this injury every day can relate to the feeling that you just want your life back. I work as an accountant so luckily I haven’t had to miss too much work over the last two years. Best wishes to all who are dealing with this life changing injury. Hope you all heal !


February 14, 2013 at 8:17 am
(225) jason says:

3 years from my accident. I’m now back to normal. Thank you Lord! :-) Just think positive guys!

March 4, 2013 at 6:28 am
(226) Crossy says:

I broke my talus 13 Mounths ago all good now some pop n cracking sounds every now n then not bad just about pain free cant run much but its not alway bad news no one that had a very good outcome ever post it that’s why it seems so bad I was reading every thing on the net whean I was on a cast an was shinting myself with every thing I was reading i had no sleep just sat there thinking i was going to get sergery ect so just thort I’d let every one know it’s not alays bad I had no sergery only 3 check ups an that’s it I was in cast for 8 weeks then boot for 2 weeks then just take it easy for few weeks that was it hope every one heals good

March 4, 2013 at 7:38 am
(227) Crossy says:

Just a bit more info ..my spelling is no good
I broke my talus falling from around 2 meters landed sideways an snap it was like 2times the size withing 2 min I went to ed an thay did X-ray an said no brake thay put a bandege on so I went home 1 week later still swelling an pain wasUSO bad I went throw 4 PAC of pain killers l i coudent even put my foot on the floor as it would throb so bad so went back thay did MRI I think it’s was an my talus was broken in 2 bits but not out of place an i had a bad sprain got a cast for 8 weeks still had pain in cast for first 3 weeks then it was ok i got the cast of an X-ray bone still hasent heald got a boot cast thing for 2 weeks went back an it was all healing good doc told me 2 more weeks in the boot but still no walking by this stage my ankle felt good but I still did not walk as I was so worryed about it not healing went back an it was all good it’s been 13 Mounths now I don’t have pain walking every now n then i will have pain an limp a bit but things looking good I still worry about it as so many people seem to end up with bad outcome best thing I can say is if u brake your talus don’t walk on it till the X-rays show it has healed good not just starting to heal up an dont think the worst straght away I was going mad for the 8 weeks in the cast with every thing I was reading about talus fracture an it turned out to be all good
But like I have said I only broke my talus in 2 bit that was nondisplaced so may not as bad as many
! Most people that heal up good never post it I think that’s why it seems so bad just a thort!!! Good luck to all

March 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(228) jake says:

Hey everyone up untill 2 days ago I had no idea what the talus bone was. Doctors told me I tore a couple of tendons and that I needed an MRI to see which ones. Results came back and a couple of torn tendons and a broken talus. Going to the doctor today to ask some questions. So far no surgery but from what everyone is saying surgery is almost a must. I hope everyone is healing and keeping their heads up.

March 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(229) Nicci says:

Hello everyone. Im glad and sad i found this website. I have gained lots of knowledge from everyones stories however feeling very depressed. I fractured my right talus due to a car accident on feb 16th and had surgery the same day. I now have 3 screws to hold the bone in place. I was in a partial cast for about 2 weeks…currently now in a hard cast, then will be placed in a boot in about 3 weeks. I was told absolutely no weight bearing for at least 12 weeks. Its been a very hard thing to deal with because my job requires me to be on my feet so ive been unable to work this whole time and im also a single mother to 3 kids. We are a very active sports family. Im reading about all the pain…the limping…and most not being able to jog let alone run. Any advice??

March 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm
(230) Doug says:


I’m six weeks ahead of you with a similar injury, except on the left ankle. Keeping a positive attitude is crucial. It does get better over time. Listen to your doc and resist the temptation to put weight on the ankle. I made an effort to get off pain meds and elevate my ankle whenever possible. Fortunately, I have a desk job and a very understanding boss. Finally, pay attention to the DVT warning signs. Immobilized legs are highly susceptible.

March 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm
(231) Nicci says:

Thanks doug. I have been listening to the dr. I have put no weight except for the few times the crutch slipped out from me. Excruiciating pain. I only take a pain med at night due to the leg pains from not being able to exercise the right leg muscles. I constantly elevate my leg cuz if i leave it down for to long my foot swells. I now realize this is a life altering injury…just hope i can partially have my life back to as normal as can be.

March 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm
(232) Doug says:

It’s week 12 of my talar fracture and things are looking promising. X-rays today show no signs of AVN, and the doc said I can start putting weight on the ankle. Strategy is to add 25% to my leg each week, with the goal of walking unassisted in a month. I’m psyched about getting back on the eliptical and bicycle. I used to enjoy running, but that was another time. I can be active in the future as long as I use some common sense and keep it low impact.

April 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm
(233) Doug says:

Week 12 was interesting; had to remind myself to put my foot down when using crutches. 25% weight is enough to get the joints and muscles back in motion. Went swimming over the weekend and it was awesome to get some exercise. It’s now week 13 and I can put 50% weight on the ankle. I’m using a cam-walker and crutches in the process, mainly for the security that both provide. So far, so good. No pain to speak of.

April 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm
(234) gianna says:

Hello all I need you help any one who has had a talus fusion or total replacement please email me daneluver1993@optonline.net I neex help and to talk to someone going threw or has gone threw it my story is ^^ listed above

May 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm
(235) Jenna_B says:

Hi all,

I fractured both my legs going down the stairs in my own house on April 27th. I was holding my 3 year old daughter and I missed the last step of the stairs, fell down on the concrete right on the driveway. To make the story short, I have a Talar Neck Fracture on my left ankle and I was out in a cast on May 1st.

I am just very worried about the healing time and it looks like I won’t be able to do any activity for the summer, I feel so bad how to take care of my toddler especially that she needs to go to preschool in September.

All the stories in here are so depressing, I am so scared this will affect my job if I need to stay home for a long time….

I am going to the Dr. tomorrow to check on the healing…..very scared.

May 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm
(236) Bryan says:

Jesus I strongly dislike this forum. It’s very discouraging to me. I fractured my talus about six weeks ago but did not need surgery. I assumed in 6-8 more weeks, with physical therapy, I will be back to surfing and climbing. Is this very unrealistic? I am 21 and plan on wing very diligent with my physical therapy. Any positive experiences from anyone?

May 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm
(237) Seth says:

Hello All,

I know its been mentioned on here before how happy people are to have found this forum as our injury is so unique and rare, and we all have our own traumatic story that will always haunt us and bring us to the brink of tears just thinking about it. It’s hard to find solstice in people who have broken bones or been though injuries, but not talus fractures. It takes each of us a different amount of time to come to terms with in that split second, our active lives and comfort levels will never be the same.
For me personally, I was in the process of rebuilding my life due to some legal issues where I ended up losing my career (teaching/coaching). I was a college D1 swimmer for 5 years and being a great all around athlete was something I took a lot of pride in. I didn’t work out after that until about 5 years later as I was completely burnt out. In an effort to continue to improve myself after my legal issue, I began working out in feb. 2012. Then on sept. 26 2012, in my weekly game of one on one for dinner with my roomate, I came down from a rebound, folded my foot sideways, and a new chapter of my life had just begun. After a failed attempt to set my ankle dislocation carefully due to the Hawkins 2, I was sent 60 miles in an ambulance to Iowa City, Iowa (where I also swam in college and had 5 surgeries in that span of time). They were able to set my ankle early the next morning and I went under at 7:15 am where Dr. McKinnley used 6 pins and a plate to put my ankle back together.

May 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm
(238) Seth says:

The rest of the story is pretty generic… 12 weeks NWB, December PWB, and full weight as tolerable in Jan. I was fortunate to see a lot of progress in healing. Feb. 1 I was told there were no signs of AVN and to schedule another appt this summer. Dr. also said I was about 8 months ahead of where he expected me to be. Being 8 months out I can walk normal and have gone on a lot of walks in the woods, deer/turkey/mushroom hunting. I did not do any PT as my Dr. didn’t think it was necessary with my athletic background. He advised me on what to work on and I did my best to be diligent about his requests. I do lack the confidence and I think the flexibility (flexion up) to run or jog. I can get up stairs pretty quickly as I load on the front of my foot. Anything loading on that bone makes me very nervous.
Amidst our mental and physical struggles, it’s very easy to get down on yourself and dread the drastic change your life has just incurred. However, you have to realize a higher power wouldn’t have put you or I in this situation if they didn’t think we could handle it and come out a stronger better person because of it. Best of luck all in your recovery. At least you know you aren’t alone!

June 4, 2013 at 4:15 am
(239) Cat says:

I had a fall accident over seven yrs ago. My ankle has been swollen and oh tons of pain. Mind you had five c sections on tylenol. Good pain thresh hold.
The pain has been hitting stronger and stronger. My foot is stiff and takes time to warm up. I sought out Dr.Chi. Explained what was happening. Had an mri. Found out the same as everyone here. My story was from a fall at work. Bad joke cost me torn rotator cuff and my foot. He then explained to me because it ws not caught in time. The dr before him blew me off. No bones broke so it was a sprain :( I have no ligaments left in my ankle. So a fuse is coming up. Three screws in my foot. If it bothers me he will take them out. But after reading all this in the log. I wonder just how long I can put it off. I have 5 kids, two out with their families the other 3 home. two dogs.and a good husband. But no weight bearing is gonna be hard. Two story house :( Its 112am and up with pain in my ankle. Yr recovery time is a long time with kids & dogs. Thanks for sharing all this.

June 4, 2013 at 4:17 am
(240) Cat says:

I forgot to mention. In my case the bone is dying I believe.

June 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm
(241) Candie says:

Feb. 9th, 2013 I was in a 7 car pile up. I was driving and broke my talus and subtalar joints….after 2 surgeries and 3 pins Im still on crutches and in an aircast. I only started weight bearing 25-50% last month…..so after almost 3months. My last appt. showed signs of the blood supply being cut off…..I am waiting for my results any day now. I am very lucky and thankful I survived but some days are very hard. I am a mother of 2, I cannot drive (its my right foot), I have such bad calius on my hands from crutching I can only do so much. I am 31 and its very hard cause its changed my life and limited what I am able to do. Im scared I will never walk again, or need fusion, I love to travel and I am so sad if I will never be able to travel again or walk on sand. I go to physio 3-4times a week and I feel my range is ok but if I even try to put weight on my foot it feels like it will give out and doesnt look straigt. I know its only 4 months but man it feels like forever. Anyways hugs to all the fellow ankle breakers…..may we stay strong and come back even stronger!!!!!

June 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm
(242) Carrie says:


I much appreciated reading everyone’s comments, as I’ve never come across another individual with this type of fracture.
I suffered a Hawkins III in 1996, basically shattered every bone in my ankle, leaving me with 4 pins to hold it all together. I was told I would never be able to run, snowboard or do any o the activities I’d done up to that point. I’m the type of person who if told I can’t do something, I will.
Honestly I can’t remember how long I was on crutches and in pt, but that’s not my point of writing. I wanted to give people hope, that there is the possibility of living a life close to what you knew before. In the time since I’m an avid snowboarder, surfer, rock climber & runner. I go to yoga, which is probably the most challenging. The whole balance thing is hard, but I pull it off, some days better than others. Even did 6 triathalons over a 2 year period (sprints). I may not do all of these things as well as somebody without my injury, but I hold my own. I won’t say there haven’t been days where I’ve paid the price & my ankle has swollen or hurt more than it should, but it can do that when I walk or stand too long.
Maybe I’m a rare case or maybe it’s just stubbornness, but I can’t be the only one. I’m also not saying ignore your doctor, but your mind can be a powerful tool. Too much negativity can crush you.
May you all have speedy, fruitful recoveries!

July 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm
(243) Seth says:

Had my summer check up yesterday. Dr. came into office commenting on my limp. I told her I didn’t have a limp and she told me she noticed as I was walking by her earlier. I didn’t think I had a limp but it’s not a bad one. She said my x-rays showed good life in the talus and my status hadn’t really changed since my last visit in Feb. I obviously had some questions for her regarding what’s next for me, where my confidence should be, and whether I’ll be able to run again. Throughout this conversation she kept repeating the significance of the injury, informing me that my injury was arguably a Hawkins 3 and I am VERY fortunate to not be in pain and have the ability to walk on uneven ground without pain. All she could really do is remind me how fortunate I am to have recovered to this point, but I’m a bit stubborn and want to be able to make more athletic movements than what I’m comfortable doing. She never gave me the green light to run as high impact could really make the situation digress. It’s amazing what that limits one to do. She also showed me x-rays from the night of the incident. I had been putting off looking at them because it’s mentally such a struggle to go back to that point in time. Ankle was just mangled. Thank God for the quality doctors at University of Iowa Hospitals! Hope you are all doing well in your recovery!

July 22, 2013 at 11:00 am
(244) giannagianna says:

Does anyone have new jersey or new york surgion recommendations? 3 procedures later my bone is still dying swelling and pain anyone?

September 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm
(245) Aaron says:

Hey everyone, just thought i’d share what happened to me, thought it might help with the way I’m feeling about it. I broke my right talus when i fell off my long board going down a hill, I am 17 and now have to start college on crutches. It has been 3 months since my surgery and my surgeon has informed me that i can start to walk with crutches, and i’m to ween my self off them within a week, I am feeling so much pain I have no idea how that will be possible :( . The only good news i heard about my recovery is that my Bone looks completely healed with no sign of damage what so ever, My surgeon said to keep my head up because even though avn is a 80-90% chance of happening He finds it to be A LOT lower. I know all of this is really hard to follow but i just need to vent how i am feeling, i have just been so scared through this whole ordeal :(

September 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(246) david says:

Hey broke my ankle 3 months and a half,fracture type 2 hawkin,,,6.screws 1 pin,,still nervous,but seems I’m healing well,not walking yet,,,but the blood is running in that bone,,please if someone need help or advice cause this injury,don’t feel lonely,,,text me. 813-504-1338 Dave

September 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(247) david says:

Hey broke my ankle 3 months and a half,fracture type 2 hawkin,,,6.screws 1 pin,,still nervous,but seems I’m healing well,not walking yet,,,but the blood is running in that bone,,please if someone need help or advice cause this injury,don’t feel lonely,,,text me. 813-504-1338 Dave

September 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(248) Phil says:

see previous post 97 …
Broke talus bone April 2010, Surgery 2 screws September 2010. It has now been 3 Years post surgery. Pain Every day Numbing sensation in my Foot. Can not run to save my life. walk with a limp & staying as active as I can… Actually started down Hill skiing this last winter & felt pretty good while doing it… Learning to live with the pain…

September 21, 2013 at 1:38 am
(249) Rick P says:

Hi everyone, thanks for sharing all your stories. I had my accident on Aug. 7th. Completely rolled my left ankle after a fall. Went to e.r. xrays taken, told I had a severe ankle sprain. Long story short, operated on 20 days later for a complex communited fracture of my talus, body and neck. 6 screws and a pin, several pieces removed. Severe pain everyday, constantly in bed with it elevated due to swelling. Dr. is pretty tight lipped about my long term prognosis. All the research Ive done on this injury seems to indicate the sooner the better when it comes to surgery to avoid avn. Any thoughts on the time? Was thinking about obtaining a lawyer due to my mis diagnosis. Dr. did say that this is a life changing injury. Went a full 20 days before orif was preformed. thanks.

September 22, 2013 at 6:15 am
(250) Kat says:

Hi. Iím 41, living in Denmark and fractured my talus bone on April 25th this year. Was hit by a car on my bicycle and had an open neck fracture. The body of my left talus dislocated and pushed through the skin just behind the lateral malleolus. They did a great job in the ER cleaning the wound and pushing the bone back in its right position. ORIF 5 days later. 3 screws were inserted. Luckily no infections and no skin problems. I was in a cam walker from the beginning and was instructed to remove it twice daily to exercise the joint. But no weight bearing. At 12 weeks I was allowed to start putting weight on my foot and started PT. Have been going twice a week now for 8 weeks. I still can’t walk without arm crutches. I try sometimes though, but canít go far and canít move my foot correctly when unsupported. I can only put full weight on my heel Ė not the front of my foot. It is still too painful. And movement is still limited and stiff but getting better.
I learned at PT that I could ride a stationary bike, so I bought my own and enjoy riding it every day. I´m used to cycling (ordinary and roadbike) every day and itís been frustrating not being able to exercise for months. So itís great being a bit active again. I do stretches and massages as well. Enjoy rolling a spikey ball under my foot a lot. The tendons there are really sore.
At PT I benefit from exercising on a BOSU ball for strength and balance. Iíve also been walking on a treadmill supported by a LiteGait device for a couple of weeks now. This is really great because it allows me to work on full joint movement without too much weight on my foot. There is no way I can do this on the parallel bars or crutches.
Like everyone else I fear AVN. I was informed of the risks and long term consequences from the beginning, so I try to be prepared for the worst but do my exercises and hope for the best.
Best of luck to everyone. Please return with updates.

October 6, 2013 at 11:48 am
(251) Rick P says:

42 days after surgery to repair a hawkings 4 talar neck fracture and a comminuted body fracture( with orif). I’m researching all I can, because I’m bored as hell, in lots of pain, still laid up in bed for at least 20 hours a day( due to swelling and pain), and of course I fear the outcome. Like most I haven’t even heard the word talus since my A&P classes in college. I must say that Im usually a positive upbeat kinda guy, but, it seems that I really did it this time. Knowing all the complications that can occur with these injuries, Ive been reading that the time between the actual injury, and the surgery, play no factor in the overall complications that may occur. Ok, my problem/ question is in these studies Ive read online, they show a delay of 3-5 days from injury to surgery. I went 20 days between my accident till the time I was put back together with 6 lag screws and a sled pin. Has anyone else gone this long between time of accident and time of surgery? how was your outcome? Was your fracture similar to the one I sustained? Thanks for your input….So worried about this

January 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm
(252) James G says:

I have been been looking around internet. I noticed that there are alot of gloomy comments around but it may not be as bad as people think. Hopefully this will make u feel better. On Oct 27 2013 i fell of a 35 ft barn. I thank good it wasn’t as bad as it should have been i had 5 non displaced breaks in the talus. My doc put in walking boot but told me to be none weight bearing till my next appointment witch was hard since I live on the 3rd story of my building (3 flights of stairs on crutches NOT FUN). I went back to the doc on Dec 2nd. He told me that the break was pretty much healed and to start working on walking in the boot. I was very determend to do so. Well less then 2 days later i was up walking around with a bit of pain. I made my goal to be able put a shoe on in 2 weeks. I got to that goal it is now Jan 3 2014 and Im wearing shoes walking normal no pain and I even ran on the treadmill for 2 miles today with little pain.

January 13, 2014 at 7:39 am
(253) Mark Henley says:

Hi ..I have read every single comment and can sympathise with you all..I had a accident a fall of a roof in march 2010 causing what I was told was a fractured talus .I have had 4 ops where they cleared debris from the joint but still in lots of pain so 2012 had my talus fused but with still little change in my pain still being unable to weight bear properly .then in sept 2013 had my sub talar fused..now still in mega pain :( so depressed already tried to take my life in march 2013 as had enough of 24/7 pain ..it has already cost me my house my job and my marriage ..will it ever stop ? On pre gabalin tramadol and paracetamol occasionally oramorph but nothing seems to work. Need help

January 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm
(254) Clark says:

Hey Mark,

I really hate to hear of the problems you are having with your Talus fracture. I have posted on here before but it’s been a while. My accident was at the lake here in Alabama on April 9th, 2009. My talus was completely shattered in about 20 pieces. I have had 5 surgeries the last one being a full ankle fusion one year ago. One year later the doctor said I have delayed fusion. Basically my ankle hasn’t fused as they hoped so the only option left other than living in constant pain with limited mobility is below the knee amputation. I know this sounds extreme but the severity of my talus injury was off the charts my doctor said. I have had 2nd and 3rd opinions and they all say the same thing. I would have never dreamed I would even consider such an option but living with pain 24/7 is no fun. Also not being able to enjoy life as I have alway done being active is also hard to take. Hang in there. I am not making any decisions hastily. I don’t do well on pain medicine so I try not to take much of anything at all.

January 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm
(255) Jonnie says:

I am 2 years from talus fracture from horse fall. Bone was in 12 pieces before ORIF 10 dys after accident. For 12 months bone looked like it had healed well though movement was severely restricted (no running, constant limp). Then AVN set in and collapse occurred (some of the screws have broken due to bone collapse). I can still walk but will never run and am concerned about future problems in knee, hip and back as I walk very unevenly. Pain at times is quite unbearable, but usually OK. Sounds cliche and often repeated but this really is a life changing injury. I was 38 at the time of injury and relatively active (horse riding, basketball, running). My next 40 years are looking rather sedentary! Having said that every day I am grateful that I can still walk.

February 4, 2014 at 11:10 pm
(256) anj v says:

First of all I wish you all continuous healing and courage in the face of hardship. Like many of you, I had never even heard of a talus before my injury. I had also never broken a bone before, despite having led an active and adventurous life. I fell down only 3 steps with my newborn in a front carrier after just having shoveled snow from my sidewalks and driveway.

My husband was away on business and my 6 yr old wanted to call 911. I told him to give me a minute while I assessed the situation, my baby was fine thank goodness, just crying from being afraid. When the sharp pain in my ankle subsided after a couple of minutes, I thought – ‘oh, I could have sworn I broke it, but perhaps it is just a sprain!’ I delayed seeing a doctor until the next day when I became concerned at the pain from putting a bag of peas on it and the fact that I couldn’t bear to flex my foot or put much weight on it. Initial x-rays showed barely anything, so they sent me in for a more detailed series. An MRI the day after confirmed that I had non-displaced fractures in my talus and here I have sat for 7 wks now. We have had to hire help. I am grateful for all that I do have, and I hope to heal and triumph over this.

February 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm
(257) anj v says:


My minor complications thus far: Initially was put into a hard cast but my toes turned white and cold, swelled up and my entire foot and leg was burning with what felt like frost-bite. I had to go to the ER to get it cut on both sides (venting) to reduce pressure. It was removed in the orthopedic office the next day and I had a walking boot put on. I almost passed out from the pain, felt very nauseous. My foot continued to be cold, pale, and to burn and ache like crazy for another 3 wks. I declined meds due to breastfeeding my infant. Turns out it was nerve damage (not compartment syndrome) and now 7 weeks on the feeling is returning slowly. I move my toes every day at least 200 times to try to increase their ROM and have gotten the ok to remove the cast for bathing. I can barely feel anything in my ankle, cant move it still. The doc says that we won’t know the extent of nerve damage until I go through physical therapy.

It has been hard accepting that my life changed in one second walking down a set of steps I could have descended with my eyes closed.

February 26, 2014 at 9:44 am
(258) Rach says:

I broke my talus and tibia, and dislocated my ankle over two and a half years ago playing softball. I have had 4 surgeries since, and a lot of metal put in and taken out several times. I have had my achillies tendon lengthened 3 times and have been in and out of PT 4 times. Nothing has helped me gain mobility or decrease pain, and I have now developed ANV in my talus. I had surgery 3 months ago to restore blood flow in my talus but my talus has not yet restored itself. We are hopeful. I am 33 years old and have been told that I am too young to do an ankle replacement and I would like to avoid ankle fusion. I was very active before this happened and although I will never run or jump again, I would really like to be able to walk limp and pain free. How limiting is the ankle fusion in regards to mobility? The halo surgery has also been mentioned as an option to gain mobility back. Everything I have read about this surgery has not been encouraging or positive. Is the halo surgery worth the pain in regards to gaining mobility back? Thank you for any information you can provide.

February 28, 2014 at 9:10 am
(259) Rach says:

After reading through more posts on this site, I noticed a lot of people have nerve damage. I do as well and my nerve damage extends from my lower back all the way down my right leg and into my foot. I found an amazing doctor who has really helped with pain management. He is a nerve specialist and I now get routine epidurals in my back and nerve blocks in my foot. I would highly recommend this if you haven’t already tried it. I have a active job where I am on my feet often and this gets me through. I still have a lot of pain, but the blocks definitely help. God Bless everyone, my heart goes out to you all.

April 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm
(260) art says:

Feb 27 2014 motorcycle accident ..surgery to follow next morning had 4 screws holding talus together..my aunt big on homeopathic medicine started me immediately on recover regimen on March 7 . In wheel chair my feet both broken ..broken neck and back… nothing but time to look forward to ..I decided to try it , reading nothing but bad things about this talus injury……I take tri boron plus twice daily for bone growth.. take arnica trauma tablets 4 times daily for swelling and circulation ..soak feet 2 times daily morning and night in Epsom salt. Wash and rub ” extra virgin olive oil on ( rejuvenates viens muscle cartlidge and tendons as well as skin. Exercise feet in up and down motion all day.. All very cheap…today is the 22nd day of April 4 days ago my surgeon told me start walking today still a little stiff and sore when I wake up but goes away quickly with exercise and rub..bone completely healed neck back and feet…almost have no need for walker to walk wear my shoes..no boots …almost little to no pain at this rate I should be completely back to normal in weeks.. THANKYOU AUNT !

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