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An Overview of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes pain in the ankle and foot. It is caused by compression or damage to the posterior tibial nerve, which runs down the back of the calf, through the tarsal tunnel located near the heel, and down into the sole of the foot. Other than pain, the most common symptom of tarsal tunnel syndrome is a burning or tingling sensation when walking or standing, especially along the inner side of the ankle, that usually goes away with rest. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat tarsal tunnel syndrome. Potential treatments might include corticosteroid injections, prescription orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and, in severe cases, surgery to relieve the pressure on the posterior tibial nerve. 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM of Achilles Footcare Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Forest Lane and West Kiest Boulevard Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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