Tarsal Coalition Specialists

Experienced Podiatrists in Bradenton, Tampa, & Sarasota

Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists are dedicated to providing the best tarsal Coalition care available. Our board-certified podiatrist has completed additional fellowship training in diagnosing and treating a wide range of foot, ankle, and lower leg disorders. Whether it’s routine preventive care or complex reconstructive surgery, we employ the most advanced treatments to ensure our patients get the desired results.

We offer The Remy Class IV Laser therapy for quick, painless treatment of conditions like nail fungus, pain, and inflammation. This advanced therapy is safe, effective, and reduces reliance on pharmaceuticals, providing relief for ailments such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, arthritis, and more.

We are dedicated to prioritizing your health by offering personalized and compassionate care. Our goal is to foster an attentive environment that addresses your needs, enabling you to recover swiftly with exceptional quality care. Should you have any questions or concerns about your foot or ankle condition, please feel free to reach out to us – we’re here to support you


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    Tarsal Coalition: Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a joint?

    A joint, also called an articulation, is comprised of the ends of two bones that are covered by a smooth, spongy surface called cartilage. The purpose of joints is to withstand large compressive and loading forces while allowing fluid movement between the two bones.

    What is a tarsal coalition?

    A tarsal coalition is a condition that occurs when bone, fibrous tissue, or cartilage replaces the normal articular cartilage comprising the joint. This, in turn, alters the functionality of the joint and can lead to limited movement, pain, and dysfunction. The most common place for this to occur and have pain is in the rearfoot, i.e. the bones towards the back of the foot such as the calcaneus, navicular, talus, and cuboid.

    What causes tarsal coalition?

    The most common reason for this condition developing is due to your genetics and how your foot has formed.

    What are the symptoms of tarsal coalition?

    Symptoms typically include pain, flattening of your foot or both feet, inability to perform sports or activities, decreased motion, and general fatigue of your feet.

    How is tarsal coalition diagnosed?

    The first step is to visit with our specialist for a thorough clinical evaluation and to obtain X-rays. This may help your specialist further refine the type of coalition present to customize a proper treatment plan for you. Advanced imaging methods like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) are essential for assessing the full extent of a tarsal coalition, particularly when considering surgery.

    How is tarsal coalition managed without surgery?

    Managing tarsal coalition without surgery involves modifying activities, using medications, employing orthotics, and potentially immobilizing the affected area in a short leg cast or boot if initial treatments do not yield success.

    What are the surgical options for tarsal coalition?

    Should non-surgical approaches fail, surgical options such as resection or arthrodesis of the involved joint are considered.

    How can I get a proper evaluation and treatment plan?

    Contact our specialists today for a proper evaluation and a recommended treatment plan.


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