One condition that can make a child’s feet stiff is tarsal coalition. It happens when two or more bones grow together and become connected by a bridge of extra bone. This genetic condition affects cell growth of the tarsal bones at the back of the foot. It is usually present in the womb, but because babies’ bones are so soft, the problem doesn’t often show up until they are older, when the bones harden during adolescence. The coalition of the bones can make the back of the foot stiff and painful, although some children never develop symptoms at all.
Besides stiffness and pain, your child may have a rigid, flat foot that makes it hard for them to walk on uneven ground. They also may develop a limp during more strenuous activity. The stress on the joints may lead to arthritis over time.
If your child complains of pain or limps with activity, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an examination. Dr. Sanjay Patel specializes in pediatric foot care and will find the best solution for your child’s situation. Call (203) 876-7736 in Milford or (203) 288-4055 in Hamden, CT, to set up an appointment.