Last week, daytime TV personality Kelly Ripa injured her left foot while performing a jumping move at a dance class after landing on a weight that had accidentally been left out on the dance floor. Viewers of her show saw her with crutches and a supportive walker boot on her left foot as she came out onto the stage. Ripa stated that “it sounded like bubble wrap” when she “broke four bones in her foot.”
Fortunately for Kelly, it doesn’t look like the injury will require surgery, but she will have to stay off of the foot for at least six weeks. Interestingly, in addition to her multiple fractures, her doctor also found a congenital condition called a calcaneonavicular coalition. Although Kelly said that this was a “unique” condition, it is actually not all that uncommon and is seen and treated at Kansas City Foot and Ankle.
A calcaneonavicular coalition is actually one of three general types of tarsal coalition that occurs in the foot (the others being talocalcaneal and talonavicular). It is essentially an abnormal connection between the heel bone (the calcaneus) and another bone known as the navicular. This abnormality usually happens during fetal development if the bones do not separate entirely. The condition can be totally asymptomatic or may eventually cause problems. Often times, tarsal coalitions aren’t identified until adolescence or young adulthood, when the patient seeks help for painful flat feet.
When tarsal coalitions are painful and lifestyle limiting, surgical correction may be required, but as in the case of Kelly Ripa, some patients live their entire lives not knowing they even have the condition. Kansas City Foot and Ankle wishes Kelly a speedy recovery from her foot fractures and for sharing her interesting condition with her viewers!
The foot doctors of Kansas City Foot and Ankle encourage anyone that has sustained a foot or ankle injury or anyone experiencing foot or ankle pain to see their local Kansas City Podiatrist. Give our office a call at 816-943-1111.