What are the treatment options for subtalar dislocation?
If the type of subtalar dislocation does not require surgery, Dr. Haytmanek will relocate the foot back to its original and proper alignment using traction. This is done by holding the knee in a flexed position in order to relax the muscle. When the muscles are relaxed, the doctor is able to realign the ankle joints by reversing the injury through manual pressure. This typically does involve general anesthetic in the operating room.
If the subtalar dislocation requires surgery, it may be due to the fact that the dislocation has caught on neighboring structures and additional injuries were sustained. General anesthesia is typically used for the patient, while the orthopedic specialist applies manual pressure and traction on the dislocation site. Dr. Haytmanek will further evaluate your injury with x-rays. An incision may be needed to remove any interposed structures. Recovery time varies depending on other injuries that may have been sustained within the foot and ankle.