Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression neuropathy in which there is pressure on the tibial nerve as it enters the tarsal tunnel. The condition causes symptoms in the foot similar to those of carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand, including either numbness in the bottom of the foot or severe pain in the bottom of the foot. While many cases can be treated with conservative methods, more severe cases may require tarsal tunnel release surgery, which involves the decompression of the nerve.
At the Foot and Ankle Surgery Center of Excellence, our doctors are board-certified and perform the most advanced surgical procedures for treating tarsal tunnel syndrome, and can decide what course of treatment is right for you. If you have questions about tarsal tunnel syndrome please call our center in Los Angeles.
Symptoms & Conservative Treatments
Some of the major tarsal tunnel syndrome symptoms to watch out for include:
- Pain or tingling on the bottom of the foot
- Loss of sensation in the bottom of the foot
- Hot and cold sensations in the bottom of the foot
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may have tarsal tunnel syndrome. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for treating this condition, including:
- Shoe modifications
- Steroid injections
However, if these conservative treatments do not prove effective in treating your condition, you may require surgery.
Tarsal Tunnel Release Surgery
Tarsal tunnel syndrome surgery, or tarsal tunnel release, involves an incision on the inner side of the ankle and the tissues compressing the nerve are released.
Our foot specialists use the most advanced surgical techniques and can perform tarsal tunnel release as an outpatient procedure. Outpatient surgery allows patients to avoid the risk of infection associated with inpatient hospital stay, and enables them to go home the same day as their surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is tarsal tunnel surgery recovery, and what can I expect during the healing process?
A: Tarsal tunnel surgery is a soft tissue procedure and patients heal within about 10 to 14 days. Patients can go home the same day as the surgery, and typically are able to return to work and other regular activities within a few weeks following their procedure. Depending on the type of work the patient is involved in, they may be able to return to work within a day or two.
Tarsal Tunnel Surgery in Los Angeles
If you suffer from tarsal tunnel syndrome, and conservative methods have failed to correct the problem or ease your pain, it is important to contact a board-certified foot doctor.
At the Foot and Ankle Surgery Center of Excellence, our orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists work together to provide state-of-the-art foot treatment. You can schedule a consultation with a member of our team by calling (888) 225-0763 or by filling out our online contact form.
Additionally, if you are unsure of the symptoms or diagnosis, or have a question that can be answered without an examination, you can call our Los Angeles center to speak with one of our foot specialists.
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