What is it?

The tarsal bones are the bones of the arch, the heel and the ankle. Tarsal coalition is an abnormal connection between two or more tarsal bones. Causes for tarsal coalitions are genetic, trauma, infection or arthritis. If tarsal coalition is left untreated, the foot may become very stiff and painful.

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Additional names

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- Tarsal coalitions

Signs & symptoms

The main complaint is pain string in late childhood or early adolescence. Other symptoms may include rigidity, stiffness, flat feet, and muscle spasms.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests.


Treatment may include orthotics and physical therapy but if the child has severe symptoms which does not respond to nonsurgical treatment, a surgery will be recommended.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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