An Unusual Cause of Ankle Pain

Fracture of a Talocalcaneal Coalition as a Differential Diagnosis in an Acute Ankle Sprain

A Case Report and Literature Review

Dirk Wähnert; Niklas Grüneweller; Julia Evers; Anna C Sellmeier; Michael J Raschke; Sabine Ochman


BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2013;14(111) 

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The acute ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries seen in trauma departments. Ankle sprains have an incidence of about one injury per 10 000 people a day. In contrast tarsal coalition is a rare condition occurring in not more than one percent of the population. The purpose of the presented case is to describe a 23 year old male patient with pain and local swelling after an acute ankle sprain. Initial clinical and radiological examination showed no pathologies. Due to prolonged pain, swelling and the inability to weight bear further diagnostics revealed a fracture of a talocalcaneal coalition.