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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 01, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

Do you experience persistent pain in your heel, arch or the ball of your foot and your toes? Do you find that the pain gets worse the more you’re on your feet and that sometimes it even keeps you up at night? How about cramping in your arch, or tingling, numbness or a burning sensation in your foot? If the answer to these questions is yes, you may have a condition that we treat at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC called tarsal tunnel syndrome.

What’s Behind the Symptoms?

The tibial nerve passes through a tunnel along the inside of your ankle before branching out to serve several sections of your foot and heel. If this nerve becomes irritated and swollen it will become compressed within the tarsal tunnel which can result in any of the above symptoms. Common causes of compression of the tibial nerve include:

  • An abnormal growth or enlargement of a structure inside the tunnel, such as a ganglion cyst, swollen tendon, varicose vein or bone spur.
  • Flat feet, which puts a strain on the nerve due to the outward leaning of the heel that results from fallen arches.
  • Diseases that cause swelling like arthritis or diabetes.
  • An injury to the ankle or foot that causes inflammation and swelling near or around the tarsal tunnel.

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain or numbness around the ankle area, make an appointment to see our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. During a thorough examination, the foot doctor will check for nerve damage, masses and other possible causes of your symptoms. If a diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome is confirmed, the podiatrist will go over non-surgical and surgical treatment options depending on the severity of your condition. Prompt diagnosis is important as the symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome can mimic other foot ailments. Delaying treatment can result in permanent nerve damage. Contact our Pooler office for more information.

 

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