A tarsal coalition is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot. The tarsal bones are located towards the back of the foot and in the heel.
This connection can be composed of bone, cartilage or fibrous tissue and can limit motion and cause pain in the feet.
Tarsal coalitions are often present at birth, however symptoms generally do not appear until the bones begin to mature between the ages of 9 and 16.
Symptoms may include:Stiff and painful feet
Tired and fatigued legs
Pes Plannus (flat feet)
Walking with a limp
It is important that a thorough medical history is taken about duration and development of symptoms as well as examination of the foot and ankle range of motion and muscle strength.
In addition to the examination x rays are useful to examine the extent of condition.
TreatmentRest: Taking a break from high impact activity can reduce stress on the tarsal bones.
Orthotics: Custom orthotic devices can be beneficial by distributing the weight away from the joint.
Immobilization: Give the effective area a complete break to settle the symptoms.
Physical therapy: Improving muscle strength and range of motion can improve pain.
In some cases it is required to be referred onto a orthopaedic surgeon for an assessment.
If you or a family member are suffering from any pain or discomfort, contact our friendly Podiatrists at Coast Sport to organise an appointment by calling 4356 2588 or book online via the button below.
Thanks to Coast Sport Podiatrist Will for preparing this blog. You can find out more about Will here.