Executive Editor: Joseph Schatzker

Authors: Richard Buckley, Andrew Sands


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Anterolateral to the talus

The anterolateral approach to the talus is usually employed in combination with the anteromedial approach in order to gain access to the talar neck.

Anteromedial to the talus

The anteromedial approach to the talus is usually employed in combination with the anterolateral approach in order to expose the talar neck.

Direct lateral to the talus

The direct lateral approach to the talus utilizes a simple window to gain access to the lateral process of the talus.

Posteromedial to the talus

The posteromedial approach is employed in order to expose the posterior talar body or the posterior process of the talus.

Posterolateral to the hindfoot

The posterolateral approach can be used for acute posterior talar fractures and non-union surgery.

Medial malleolar osteotomy

An osteotomy of the medial malleolus exposes the medial aspect of the body of the talus and allows the surgeon to protect the posteromedial deltoid branches from the posterior tibial artery.

Lateral malleolar osteotomy

The lateral malleolar osteotomy is used in order to gain access to the talus when the fracture is in the lateral body of the talus both posteriorly and laterally. This anatomic area may be impossible to reach accurately without this approach.

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