Tarsal tunnel syndrome is the result of the compression or squeezing of nerves in the ankle region know as the tarsal tunnel. When these nerves are squeezed or compressed it causes a numb, tingling, burning sensation that can result in a shooting pain along the back of the leg and heel over time.
What Causes Tarsal Tunnel Pain?
The tarsal tunnel is a small space inside your ankle next to the anklebone where a number of nerves and arteries are covered and protected by a ligament covering the space. When this space is squeezed or compressed it puts pressure on the nerves running through the tarsal tunnel area of your ankle.
Many Frisco patients experience tarsal tunnel syndrome symptoms caused by any action that puts pressure or compression on the back of the heel and ankle region. Common causes include:
- Flat feet and a low arch
- Ankle injuries, varicose veins, or swollen tendons
- Swelling produced by ankle and heel injuries
- Diseases such as arthritis and diabetes
If you are experiencing pain in your heel and ankle area it may be due to tarsal tunnel, however, a professional consultation from a skilled podiatrist specializing in tarsal tunnel treatments is recommended to confirm your suspicions.
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Treatment for Tarsal Tunnel
Tarsal tunnel treatment options may vary based on the length of time and the severity of the foot condition at the time of diagnosis. While treatment will vary from person to person, tarsal tunnel is commonly treated by:
- Cutting back on activities that put strain on your feet.
- Switching to more comfortable shoes.
- Wearing shoe supports and inserts.
- Padding and taping your foot to alleviate pressure and pain.
- Taking medication to help control pain and inflammation.
- Prescription orthotic devices to help with mobility.
If this treatment plan does not have significant results then the following medical treatments will be considered:
- Staying off your feet to give them a chance to rest.
- Applying ice to reduce swelling and nerve compression.
- Physical therapy, exercise and training to improve range of motion.
Dr. Verville may combine several treatments to ensure that Frisco patients’ tarsal tunnel heals completely.
To get more information on treating your tarsal tunnel syndrome, call our Frisco office at (214) 385-8822 to make an appointment with Board Certified Dr. Verville.