Kelly Ripa - Calcaneonavicular Coalition - Palm Beach Orthopaedic

Kelly Ripa is best known for her role in All my Children, a soap opera that was aired from 1990-2002. Kelly enjoys a rich extracurricular life outside work to keep her fit. And one of her passions is dance classes. The tricky thing about this sport that one wrong move while dancing can pose a serious foot problem. But was dancing the real cause of Kelly Ripa’s foot condition? According to the doctors who examined her, the foot condition was inherited and not caused by dancing.

What is calcaneonavicular coalition?

Calcaneonavicular coalition or tarsal coalition is referred to as an abnormal connection of two or more tarsal bones in the foot. Connection of the tarsal bones can result in severe, rigid flatfoot. Tarsal coalition is present at birth but children do not show signs of the disorder until the early stage of adolescence.

To learn more about Calcaneonavicular coalition, consult a podiatrist. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

What are some of the causes a tarsal coalition?

  • Trauma to the area
  • Self-fusion of the joint because of arthritis
  • Infection
  • What are the signs and symptoms of calcaneovanicular coalition?
  • Tarsal coalitions do not show signs or any obvious foot deformity. When symptoms do occur, they include:
  • Increased pain or limp with higher levels of activity
  • A rigid, flat foot making the person to walk painfully on uneven surfaces
  • Ankle sprains
  • Stiff, painful feet on back half of the foot.

Treatment for calcaneonavicular coalition

Calcaneonavicular coalitions only requires treatment if they are causing symptoms. Always check with your doctor first

Here are four of the non-surgical treatment:

  1. Rest. Take a break from any high-impact activity for 3 to 6 weeks to reduce stress on the tarsal bones and to relieve pain too.
  2. Temporary boot or cast. These will immobilize the foot and take the stress out of the tarsal bones
  3. Injections. Using of steroid medication in conjunction with other non-surgical options will provide temporary pain relief.
  4. Orthotics. Using any kind of orthotics such as arch supports, shoe inserts like wedges and heel cups is recommended to reduce and relieve pain.

Surgical treatment:

If non-surgical treatments are not effective, your doctor may consider surgery that will depend on the size and the location of the coalition.

  • Resection. This procedure will remove the coalition and will be replaced with fatty or muscle tissues. This surgery preserves normal foot motion and relieves symptoms in most patients successfully.
  • Fusion. Joint fusion can treat large or severe coalitions that cause deformity and involves arthritis. The surgery limits the movement of the painful joints and places the bones in the proper location with large screws, and pins.

At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.