Fractures of the lateral process of the talus are frequently overlooked and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients with acute and chronic ankle pain. Early diagnosis is emphasized in all series reviewed in the literature to prevent long-term complications. Thorough radiographic evaluation is necessary to determine the need for operative vs. nonoperative management. Small nondisplaced fractures are treated with cast immobilization, whereas large or displaced fractures usually require open reduction and internal fixation. Comminution of fragments may necessitate surgical excision. To achieve the best possible results, a timely diagnosis is required, and it is our belief that early treatment has better overall results.





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