Tarsal coalition is a specific, albeit rare, cause of flat foot deformity. It usually affects children, although adults can sometimes have the condition as well. Tarsal coalition develops when the bones of the feet (the tarsal bones) fail to separate at birth. The result is stiffness and misalignment of the feet.
As with many deformities of the feet and ankles, tarsal coalition is usually treated using conservative care measures. Custom corrective orthotics can help reposition the affected feet in better alignment and promote proper movement. Physical therapy, specifically the use of certain stretches, can also help alleviate the pain caused by this condition.
When performed in children, surgery can be a very effective means of correcting tarsal coalition. The procedure is designed to remove the coalition region and establish better alignment within the foot. In some cases, arthritis may develop before surgery is performed. Fusion of the joints, another surgical procedure, is often helpful for relieving the pain caused by arthritis. This procedure is often combined with realignment to address the arthritis and the tarsal coalition at the same time.
The skilled, board-certified podiatrists at the Ankle Arthritis Institute use the latest treatment techniques to get you back on your feet again. If you or your child are currently suffering from tarsal coalition, contact us today to schedule an appointment.