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Tarsal Tunnel Pain

What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition brought on by compression of the Tibial nerve as it moves through the canal between the ankle bone and a band of ligaments in the ankle. This canal, known as the Tarsal Tunnel, stretch across the foot where many of the foot’s nerves and arteries are found. The Tibial Nerve provides sensation to the bottom of the foot. When the Tibial Nerve is compressed, painful burning or tingling can occur all the way down the foot and ankle.

If you feel that you may have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, contact Renova Foot and Ankle today. We offer the treatment you need to get your life back on track before symptoms grow worse.

FAQ: Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

What causes tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the nerves in the ankle. This compression is often brought about by previous injury to the foot but may also be the result of long-term pressure on the foot from fallen arches, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, or swollen tendons and varicose veins.

Does tarsal tunnel syndrome need to be treated by a doctor?

If left untreated, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome can lead to permanent nerve damage. Mild and moderate levels of nerve compression affects the outer protective layer of the nerves known as the myelin. But as compression continues and worsens, the nerve fibers known as axons become damaged, which results in permanent nerve damage. Therefore, it is important to seek care immediately if you are experiencing frequent pain, numbness or tingling in your foot.

How is tarsal tunnel syndrome diagnosed?

Your foot specialist will examine the foot for loss of feeling and may order an EMG, nerve conduction study, X-ray, CT or MRI scan. These tests will determine the severity of the case and help your doctor choose the best method of treatment.

How is tarsal tunnel syndrome treated?

A number of non-surgical options may be used to treat Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These include rest and physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, Corticosteroid injections to treat inflammation, and orthotic shoes or shoe inserts. If these methods fail to relieve pain, a procedure known as Tarsal Tunnel Release may be used. This procedure can relive pressure on the Tibial Nerve. Excess scar tissue or cysts may also be removed during surgery, helping to relieve stress on the nerve.

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