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What Is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00 Written by 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be a painful condition that is sometimes confused with plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Those who suffer from tarsal tunnel syndrome have problems with numbness, pain, burning, and tingling feelings on the sole of the foot. Some people also experience shooting pains. There are a variety of things that can cause tarsal tunnel syndrome, such as fractures, arthritic bone spurs, ganglions, benign tumors, muscle impingement, or foot deformities. The tarsal tunnel is a part of the foot constructed between bones and fibrous tissue. The foot pain is a result of the posterior tibial nerve being compressed in the tarsal tunnel. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, both of these afflictions occur when a nerve is being pinched in a confined space. If you think you may have tarsal tunnel syndrome, then it is highly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to start treatment.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick of Illinois. Our doctor 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 Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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