Subtalar Arthritis

Where is the Subtalar Joint 

The subtalar joint is a joint in the foot under the ankle joint.
The subtalar joint is responsible for pronation and supination  of the foot.

What is Subtalar Joint Arthritis

Subtalar joint arthritis or pathology is when the joint degenerates.
Subtalar Joint Arthritis
Subtalar Arthritis Xray

Causes of Subtalar Joint Arthritis

  • Trauma – If any joint has sustained trauma this may include a fracture extending into the joint, surgery or significant trauma this may result in the development of arthritis
  • Biomechanical abnormalities – Certain foot postures may exaggerate the force that is applied to the joints of the midfoot, resulting in arthritis
    • Higher Arched foot
    • Flat foot –
  • Weight – Increased weight increases the force going through the joints of the midfoot

Complications of Subtalar Joint Arthritis

  • Pain
  • Altered gait resulting in pain in other structures


Treatment of Subtalar Joint Arthritis

Pain from arthritis is exaggerated with movement. Therefore the aim is to minimise movement this can be achieved with


What else could it be? (differential diagnosis)

Other problems that can cause similar pain to mid foot arthritis include:

Dorsal Midfoot compression

Tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction

Insertional tibialis anterior tendinopathy

Navicular stress fracture

Lisfranc Injury

Midfoot arthritis


The Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre’s Northcote Podiatrists can help you with all lower limb complaints, including Subtalar Joint Arthritis. Make an appointment to get your foot and ankle pain under control.

Expert Podiatrists for the treatment of Subtalar Joint pain servicing the areas of Northcote, Thornbury, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Carlton, North Carlton, Alphington, Fairfield, Brunswick, Coburg and Preston