Fractures of the entire posterior process of the talus are rare and may be easily missed. Both the ankle joint and the subtalar joint are involved. This leads to malunion and early degenerative changes. We describe four patients with fractures of the posterior process of the talus which were initially missed. The patients were treated conservatively, and early mobilization or cast immobilization did not change the poor late results. The pitfalls in the diagnosis and imaging evaluation of such fractures are discussed.