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What is Tarsal Coalition?

  • Tarsal Coalition occurs when the two bones in the back of the foot (tarsal bones) form an abnormal connection which can be composed of bone, cartilage or fibrous tissue potentially limiting motion in one or both feet.

  • Most people are born with this condition, however they may not be symptomatic until age 9-16 when bones are starting to mature.

  • Some people experience no symptoms during childhood. However, they may still experience pain and symptoms later in life.

  • Symptoms include tired/fatigued legs, pain while walking or standing, muscle spasms in the leg, flat feet, walking with a limp or stiffness of the foot or ankle.

How did I get this?

  • This occurs mostly during foetal development, when the indvidual bones don't form properly. However it can also arise from infection, arthritis and form injury.

What can I do?

  • Short term medication such as ibuprofen can help to reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Contact a podiatrist

What help can I get for this?

  • Podiatrists may prescribe orthotics, limiting motion and advise on footwear modification. They may also consider immobilisation.

  • Steroid injections may help with symptoms

  • Foot and ankle surgeons may be needed if conservative treatments don't work.

When will it get better?

  • Podiatrists may be able to reduce symptoms within 6-8 weeks.

  • If surgery is needed it may take months to fully recover, most patients report pain relief and improved motion following surgery.