Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a painful foot and ankle condition caused by pressure on the tibial nerve. The tibial nerve is inside the ankle next to your ankle bones and is covered with a ligament. When the nerve is compressed, you feel pain along the nerve that runs from the inside of your ankle out to your foot. Tarsal tunnel syndrome in your foot is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrist.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be the result of a variety of factors and causes. It may be the result of an injury, a disease, or simply the shape of your foot. People with flat feet or fallen arches can experience pressure on the tibial nerve, as well as anyone who has sprained an ankle.
Arthritis, diabetes, and bone spurs could also cause tarsal tunnel syndrome as a result of swelling that puts pressure on your tibial nerve.
Symptoms are often painful and are usually characterized by tingling, burning, or numbness in the sole of your foot and in your ankle. You may also feel shooting pains in your foot either suddenly or as a result of overuse of your foot after a long time standing, walking, or exercising.
The symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome may be similar to those of plantar fasciitis, so it’s important to let Dr. Graham, an experienced foot and ankle surgeon, examine your foot to determine which condition you have so you can get the appropriate and most effective treatment. In many cases, nonsurgical treatment relieves painful symptoms.
Once Dr. Graham determines the pain you are having in your foot is tarsal tunnel syndrome, he may recommend any or some combination of the following treatments:
In the rare case that you need surgery for tarsal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Graham explains the procedure in detail and the potential outcomes and recovery time so you know what to expect. He performs both endoscopic and arthroscopic surgery for most foot conditions. For more information about tarsal tunnel syndrome, call today or schedule an appointment online.
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