Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Orthopedic Teaching

Ankle Case 6 Pearl

Fracture of the lateral process of the talus (Snowboarder's fracture)

Clinical Pearl

Fractures of the lateral process of the talus are frequently not detected on x ray. Patients diagnosed with ankle "sprains" should be educated and 

given proper follow up so that these fractures can subsequently be diagnosed if the "sprain" isn't healing as expected.