Name of bone

Talus (Latin: Astragalus


The talus is the second largest of the tarsal bones. It occupies the middle and upper part of the tarsus, supporting the tibia above, resting on the calcaneus below, articulating on either side with the malleoli and in front with the navicular. It consists of a body (articulating with the tibia and fibula), a head (articulating with the navicular) and a neck, connecting the body and the head.

Figure 1. Talus, in purple, sitting atop the calcaneus and articulating with the navicular.

Figure 2. The tibio-talar joint above and the sub-talar (talo-calcaneal) joint below.

Figure 3. A sagittal view of the foot, as seen from the lateral side.

Figure 4. A sagittal view of the foot, as seen from the medial side.

Figure 5. The relationship between the talus (purple) and its neighbors is shown in this lateral/oblique view.

Muscle and ligament attachments

No muscles attach to the talus.

Surface anatomy

During the 7th to 8th intrauterine month, an ossification center is formed in the talus.



  • Fractures of talus


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