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Therapy for fused foot bones

BY: Dorothy  Ekua Adjabu
The Physiotherapist performs a thorough examination of the (Tarsal Coalition) affected foot and plans the management goals with you. 
 
Your daily functional activities, occupation, age, etc are taken in consideration when planning your management.
 
The end result of the management is to ensure that you return to your previous activities early without complications and with a minimum recurrence of your symptoms. 
 
Some individuals with this condition may have to undergo surgical interventions and afterwards undergo physiotherapy.
 
You may be required to use ice in a damp towel over the affected area for 15-20 minutes every two-three- hours daily to reduce pain and swelling. This is done in the initial stages to alleviate symptoms.
 
Supportive shoes
 
Individuals may also derive some benefits from wearing supportive footwear in the initial stages to lessen pain and reduce unnecessary movement in the affected foot.
 
The supportive shoes or footwear involves the use of an arch support as the condition presents with a decreased foot arch which minimises the level of stability and support in the affected foot.
 
Footwear which also has a wide toe-box is encouraged to provide enough room for the forefoot and this helps to relax the foot muscles and reduce stiffness and soreness.
 
The supportive footwear also provides enough cushioning or padding to ease discomfort during walking and standing.
 
The padding is centred on the ball of the affected foot and also reduces any irritation which may arise as a result of placing your weight on the foot during activities.
 
The supportive footwear is usually above the ankle joint to provide a level of stability and it’s advisable to avoid wearing