Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a common nerve entrapment syndrome in the foot. This is very similar and related to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the hand.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a nerve entrapment of the main nerve that enters the foot just behind the ankle bone and into the bottom of foot. The nerve gets trapped in the tunnel where the nerve enters the foot and can cause burning pain and sometimes numbness. There are many different deformities that can lead to nerve pain such as Neuropathy, Neuroma formation and Nerve Entrapment.
A careful and thorough history and physical examination is imperative in order to come up with a definitive diagnosis of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. X-rays and Nerve Studies need to be performed to confirm the diagnosis. If surgery is to be performed an MRI may be useful in order to evaluate the foot, prior to the surgery .
There are many treatment options from Conservative to Surgical management of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Conservative treatment consists of anti-inflammatory medicine, injection therapy, physical therapy, padding and strapping, Orthotic therapy and immobilization in very severe cases. When and if conservative therapy fails then Surgical management is an option. The surgery consists of releasing the entrapped nerve and removing any soft tissue mass or bony abnormality that may be compressing on the nerve. Following the surgery the patient is placed in a soft cast for approximately 3-4 weeks and slowly returns to activity. Physical therapy is performed following the surgery to enhance healing and to return to full range of motion for the ankle joint.If the pain has been present for a long time and progressively getting worse, immediate evaluation of the foot should be performed before the condition becomes worse. The longer the pain exists, it becomes increasingly more difficult to resolve.
Contact Central Brace & Limb Co., 1-800-277-LIMB, to speak with one of our Certified Orthotists about your options for treating Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. We are the next step to a Brighter Outlook!
About the author
Bursa Sacs….Do they really do anything? Bursae are small fluid containing sacs, that are situated between areas of high friction such as bone against the floor (heel) and bone against other soft tissue structures like tendons, skin and or muscle.The...
Does your child have flat feet?…What can be done? Flatfoot is common in both children and adults. When this deformity occurs in children it is referred to as "pediatric flatfoot" and although there are various forms of flatfoot, they all share one characteristic,...
Heal the Heel Pain NOW! (Part 2) My Shoes have insoles right?? The basic difference between orthotic insoles and ordinary ones is in their functionality. Orthotics are specifically created to correct foot alignment rather than providing...