Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome refers to a condition that occurs when the tibial nerve becomes compressed and causes pain, burning, or tingling in the foot. The tibial nerve is a nerve that runs down the back of the leg to the ankle.

To learn more about tarsal tunnel syndrome and treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome, feel free to contact the Foot & Ankle Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills, California. Call us at 888.225.0763 to book an appointment or to get answers to your questions.

What Causes Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome vary. They may include the natural formation of the foot, injury, and even disease. Flat feet are a common cause of tarsal tunnel syndrome, as are osteoarthritis, swelling in the ankle, tumors, cysts, or other forms of inflammation.

Common Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Patients who suffer from tarsal tunnel syndrome may experience a variety of symptoms. Some of the most common include pain, burning, or tingling around the ankles, feet, and toes. They may also experience:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Radiating pain
  • Feelings of hot and cold
  • Feelings of electric shock

If you have any of these symptoms, you may want to consider treatment.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

The first step for patients seeking treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome is a diagnosis from a skilled professional. In order to correctly diagnose your condition, doctors at the Foot & Ankle Surgery Center of Excellence will run a number of diagnostic tests. These may include a physical exam, a look at your medical history, electrical testing, and a number of imaging tests. Imaging tests may include CT, X-rays, and MRI scans.

Once tarsal tunnel syndrome has been diagnosed, there are a number of surgical and nonsurgical options for treatment. Nonsurgical treatment is typically the first course. This often includes:

  • Steroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Orthotics

The most common surgical method for treating tarsal tunnel syndrome is called tarsal tunnel release. Tarsal tunnel release involves the surgeon making a small incision to enter the ankle and manually release the tissue that is causing compression of the tibial nerve.

Tarsal tunnel release is an outpatient surgery, meaning patients are free to go home the same day as the procedure. Although they may go home on the same day, most patients take about two weeks to fully recover and resume regular activities.

To learn more about tarsal tunnel syndrome treatment, contact the experts at the Foot & Ankle Surgery Center of Excellence today. We look forward to helping you!

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