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Tarsal Coalition / Pediatric Rigid Flatfoot

child_foot_tarsalcoTarsal (Bone) coalition is a rare but often misdiagnosed cause of flat and painful feet in children and some adults. The main cause of pain is due to the bones of the foot not separating resulting in stiffness and abnormal alignment of the foot. This problem may cause arthritis of the foot and ankle in the future.

Conservative therapy is the initial treatment. Conservative therapy includes: custom orthotics, special brace, physical therapy and stretching. If conservative care fails, surgical correction may be necessary.

Surgery of a tarsal coalition is based on removal of the coalition region. This is usually a very successful surgery in children. Surgery for adults may require fusion if the patient has severe arthritis.

Any medical or health advice provided will be approved by a medically-trained and qualified professional unless a clear statement otherwise. The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between patient and physician. Consult with your physician regarding a proper treatment plan for you.

The team at My Foot Clinic are highly trained and widely recognized as the best podiatrist in and around Reseda, Canoga Park, West Hills, Northridge, Chatsworth, Tarzana, Encino, Van Nuys, Artesia, Cerritos, and Norwalk.