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Causes and Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, abbreviated as TTS, is a nerve disorder that can cause discomfort and pain in the foot. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, TTS involves compression of the tibial nerve in the tarsal tunnel, which is a narrow passage on the inside of the ankle. This compression can result from various factors, including injury, overuse, or having flat feet. Additionally, patients who have diabetes may be susceptible to developing tarsal tunnel syndrome. Individuals who have  TTS often report sensations of tingling, burning, or numbness along the inner ankle, which can radiate into the sole of the foot or the toes. Pain may worsen during periods of prolonged standing or activity. Addressing tarsal tunnel syndrome involves getting adequate rest, wearing supportive footwear, and in severe cases, surgery may be necessary. If you suspect you may have tarsal tunnel syndrome, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact the foot specialists of Spartan 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 Battle Creek, and Marshall, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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