Tarsal Coalition of the Cuneiforms in a Young Athlete: A Case Report

JBJS Case Connect. 2021 Jan 14;11(1):e19.00404. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.19.00404.


Case: Tarsal coalitions are relatively common, but there are no reports of cuneiform-to cuneiform coalition in the English language literature. The authors present a case of medial-to-intermediate cuneiform coalition in a young female track athlete. Previous nonoperative treatments had been unsuccessful. Coalition release and medial-intermediate cuneiform arthrodesis enabled her to return initially to full athletic participation without pain, but she had return of pain that persists despite removal of hardware.

Conclusion: Medial-intermediate cuneiform coalition is rare. Surgery in this patient provided a short period of pain-free athletic participation, but long-term outcomes are not proven, and further research is needed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arthrodesis / adverse effects
  • Athletes
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pain / etiology
  • Tarsal Bones* / diagnostic imaging
  • Tarsal Bones* / surgery
  • Tarsal Coalition* / complications
  • Tarsal Coalition* / diagnostic imaging
  • Tarsal Coalition* / surgery