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Pain in Your Feet May Indicate Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, or TTS, is a painful condition affecting the feet. It is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome but occurs in the ankle, specifically in the tarsal tunnel. This is defined as a narrow passageway on the inner side of your ankle enclosed by bone and a fibrous band. TTS results from compression or pressure on the tibial nerve, which runs through this confined space. There are specific risk factors that may lead to this condition. These can include an ankle injury, standing for extended periods, or participating in athletic activities. The tibial nerve is responsible for providing sensation to the bottom of your foot and controlling some of the muscles in your calf. When the tibial nerve becomes compressed due to injury, inflammation, or an underlying medical condition, it can lead to a range of distressing symptoms, including tingling, burning pain, and numbness in the foot. Understanding the complexities of tarsal tunnel syndrome is crucial for timely diagnosis and effective management, which often involves rest and in some cases, surgical intervention. If you have any form of ankle pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide the best course of treatment.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact one of our podiatrists of North Penn Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Lansdale, and King of Prussia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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