Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. A thick ligament is covering the tarsal tunnel to protect and maintain the structures contained within the tunnel.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression or squeezing on the posterior tibial nerve that produces symptoms anywhere along the path of the nerve. The posterior tibial nerve runs along the inside of the ankle into the foot.

Symptoms

  • Symptoms of tarsal tunnel include the following:
  • Tingling, burning, or a sensation like an electrical shock
  • Numbness
  • Pain, including shooting pain
Symptoms are typically felt on the inside of the ankle and/or on the bottom of the foot.

Causes

  • Flat feet- fallen arches can produce strain and compression on the nerve.
  • Enlarged or abnormal structure- Structures such as varicose vein, ganglion cyst, swollen tendon, and or an arthritic bone spur within the tarsal tunnel can compress the nerve.
  • Ankle sprain/ankle injury-inflammation and swelling in or the near the tunnel can cause compression of the nerve.
  • Someone who is overweight.
  • Systemic diseases that can cause swelling, compressing the nerve.

Treatment 

  • Treatment of tarsal tunnel syndrome includes:
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Oral medication
  • Immobilization
  • Physical therapy
  • Injection therapy
  • Orthotic devices
  • Shoes
  • Bracing
  • Surgery

If you are suffering from Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, please call us at 704-504-1004 or Click Here to request an appointment.

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InStride - Queen City Foot and Ankle Specialists

11030 South Tryon Street
Suite 308
Charlotte, NC 28273
704-504-1004