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What Are the Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space located on the side of the ankle, near the ankle bones. Inside of the tarsal tunnel are arteries, veins, tendons, and nerves, including the posterior tibial nerve. Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the posterior tibial nerve becomes compressed or squeezed. The symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome include tingling, burning, or electrical shock sensations, numbness, and pain along the inside of the ankle and the bottom of the foot. Symptoms can appear suddenly, and are often brought on or worsened by overuse of the foot. Left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome can progress and lead to permanent nerve damage. If you are experiencing any symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Alexander Terris of Total Foot Care. 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 office located in Wilmington, DE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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