Tarsal Coalition

Also known as: calcaneonavicular bar, talocalcaneal bar

What is tarsal coalition?

The tarsal bones are small bones in the feet that are part of the heel, as well as around the heel. When these bones are connected to one another in an abnormal fashion that causes problems, the cause may be tarsal coalition.

What causes tarsal coalition?
Tarsal coalition is caused by a genetic mutation, and the disorder is something people are born with.

What are the symptoms of tarsal coalition?
Symptoms typically don’t occur until around adolescence. At that time, children may experience flatfoot that leads to stiffness, pain, and difficulty walking and performing other everyday activities. They may experience frequent sprains.

What are tarsal coalition care options?
In mild cases, the symptoms of tarsal coalition can be relieved with ice, rest or using special shoe inserts. A boot or cast may be needed to treat symptoms. Surgery may be necessary if the symptoms do not resolve.

Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/7/2018 10:38:22 AM

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