Tarsal Coalition, One Cause of Flat Feet

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Tarsal coalition occurs when the foot doesn’t form properly, resulting in a “fixed” flat foot. Those who have tarsal coalition or are born with flat feet may experience pain and oftentimes these conditions require surgery to fix. The development of flat feet can also be caused by the foot rolling inward during physical activity, injury, or poorly-fitting shoes. It’s important to make sure that you don’t press on your arches as you stand or do physical activity. Being aware of how you move, your walking patterns, training and addressing your balance can all prevent the development of flat feet.

Most arches will develop in children after a certain age. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, consult with one of our podiatrists from West Coast Podiatry Center. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.


Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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