Tarsal tunnel syndrome, occurring in the foot, is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs in the wrist. It is the result of pressure on the tibial nerve as it runs through the inside of the foot and ankle. Intense pain often accompanies this nerve compression limiting activities leading to the need for treatment by a foot and ankle specialist.
Traumatic injury, such as an ankle sprain or other injury to the ankle, usually causes tarsal tunnel syndrome, though other causes can include:
Those with tarsal tunnel syndrome will experience foot pain, usually a burning or tingling (pins and needles) sensation around the ankle. You may also feel some numbness on the bottom of the foot; however, the number one symptom is pain that radiates distally to the toes.
Also watch for:
Initial relief may be found with massage, foot and ankle range of motion exercises and leg elevation. Range of motion exercises involve pulling the foot up and pointing it down, as well as making small inward and outward circles with your foot.
Treatment should include support to the foot and ankle, either in the form of a removal device or applied strapping. Casting may be beneficial.
Surgical nerve decompression by a board certified podiatrist is often necessary to alleviate long-term pain. This surgical procedure relieves the scar tissue that has inevitably built up around the nerve causing
This information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions is provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on musculoskeletal health. The Podiatry Institute does not endorse a specific treatment, product, or therapy. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your health care provider on all matters relating to this or any other condition that may affect your health.
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