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Old 08-27-2008, 07:30 AM   #1
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heel and ankle bone are not seperated

I found out yesterday through an MRI ....taken because I have left foot pain...that the heel bone and my ankle bone have fused together on their own.....which they think is giving me the pain when walking. Shouldn't there be ligaments connecting the two?? and what happens now????

 
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Re: heel and ankle bone are not seperated

This condition is called tarsal coalition. You can research it online and find lot's of information. If causing pain, you will most likely need surgery where they separate the two. My daughter just had this diagnosed. She was told it would be about 4 weeks NWB, 4 weeks in a boot and some PT. This may vary according to your particular case and doctor, however. I would recommend you see a foot and ankle specialist orthopaedic surgeon for further evaluation.

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Old 08-27-2008, 08:28 AM   #3
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Re: heel and ankle bone are not seperated

oh my gosh...thanks so much ....i have been on the internet for 4 hours looking for something....How old is your daughter?? are we born with this or what ? do you know anything else?? i'm really anxious to hear...

 
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Re: heel and ankle bone are not seperated

She is 34. They believe it is a genetic defect that actually occurs in the womb but manifests itself later in life. She has had issues for years but hers is unusual in that she has no pain, only swelling. So she has put off for years even finding out about it because it didn't hurt. From everything I've read it is very unusual for her not to have pain. Given that, she has decided to wait a while before having surgery. She just has to be careful because she has instability on uneven ground and there is a risk in turning it and causing further damage.

The interesting thing is she is an identical twin so we are waiting to see if the other one has it, too.

 
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Re: heel and ankle bone are not seperated

oh you don't know how you have made my day. Good luck to your daughter. I really was thinking i have some type of disease. I do have a lot of groin hip pain i have been doctoring with....so now i have to wonder if there isn't something abnormal with my bones in that area.......it has me guessing now. The dr's have been trying to diagnose me with fibromyalgia and i'm not saying it's not that but i knew once they did an mri they would have to find something becuase of the pain i've had in my foot. thanks again and keep me updated. my mother has passed away so i don't have her to converse with so this helps talking to you.

 
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Re: heel and ankle bone are not seperated

Sorry to hear of your loss. I lost mine a couple of years ago and it's tough. I would suspect the hip/groin thing is due to an altered gait pattern. It is almost inevitable that your gait would be altered due to one foot functioning differently than the other. This will likely resolve if you have surgery and physical therapy. They really work on gait patterns after foot surgery. Mine worked on my hip, too, as I was out of alignment due to poor gait. She did some things to bring me back level and then some exercises to keep myself that way.

If it were me, I wouldn't pursue anything regarding the hip until the foot issue is resolved.

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Old 08-27-2008, 09:09 AM   #7
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Re: heel and ankle bone are not seperated

I totally agree. Thanks so much for the advice. I was pretty depressed( which normally i'm pretty upbeat) until i read your replies. I will keep with this advice until i see the dr on the 24th....at least it will keep my mind on the right track.
Thanks again......

 
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I found out in June that I have the same thing. I have what's called a subtalar coalition. I am having surgery in two weeks. I have all over body pain from not walking correctly all my life. I hope you get some answers about how yours can be fixed.

 
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Wow...thanks for your post. I would love to hear more. Do you have it in 1 foot or both? How long were you suffering from this?? were you born with your feet turning outwards like myself and wore braces to bed at night?? My pain has been anywhere from my hips down. What are they actually going to do in surgery?? Sorry so many questions ...im still desperate until i find some answers and I dont' go to the orhto surgeon until 9.15.08

 
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I am 34 and have been suffering from ankle sprains and pain since I was 9. Iwas told for years it was tendonitis. Now, my entire body hurts because I do not walk correctly. My feet do not turn in like yours though. I am thankful that I finally found a Doc that found something. I was beginning to thing Fibro. too. But this explains a lot. I am down right miserable most days, I have swelling in both feet (the coalition is in both ankles). The coalition is more than 50% of the joint so he isn't going to rescect the joint, I am going to have my subtalar fused and then he is going to rebuild my ligiments with a cadavar graft (I am also hyperflexive). My doc called me a very bizzare case, because this is rare. Let me know what you find out. Good luck. You're not alone!!!

 
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