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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Have you begun to notice a burning sensation in your feet pretty much all the time? While we all have days where our feet burn and ache after we’ve spent many hours on them, it is not normal to experience this on an ongoing basis. This condition is something we see frequently in patients at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC and can be a sign of a more serious problem. There are many possible reasons for this annoying symptom. In most cases, burning feet are associated with a nerve problem. It is also more likely to occur in patients who are over the age of 50. Other possible causes of burning feet include: 

Getting Relief

Patients whose feet feel like they are on fire more often than not should schedule an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico in our Pooler office. Until your appointment, you can try to relieve the burning feeling by taking the following steps:

  • Avoid standing for long periods of time
  • Be sure that your shoes fit properly and provide adequate support for your feet (if you have any questions about the best type of shoes for your unique foot structure, ask the foot doctor)
  • Take daily foot baths
  • Choose cotton socks over synthetic fibers for better breathability
  • Put shock-absorbing insoles in your shoes (the podiatrist may prescribe custom orthotics to correct mechanical foot problems)

Don’t delay in scheduling an evaluation of your burning feet. The best time to diagnose and treat most podiatric problems is when they are in their very early stages. Contact us by calling: (912) 330–8885.

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.

 
By Pooler, GA
October 15, 2012
Category: Foot Care

Tarsar Tunnel SyndromeMaybe you've heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition in the wrist that occurs when swelling or a change in position of the tissue within the carpal tunnel squeezes and irritates the median nerve. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome is tarsal tunnel syndrome, an ankle condition that occurs from the compression of a nerve in a confined space.

What is tarsal tunnel syndrome?

The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space located on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. Protected by the tarsal tunnel are many arteries, veins, tendons and nerves, one of which is the posterior tibial nerve- the main focus of tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused from a compression on the posterior tibial nerve. Causes include:

  • Injury to the ankle, which may produce swelling near the nerve
  • Abnormal blood vessels or cysts that occupy space within the tunnel
  • Scar tissue that press against the nerve
  • Foot deformities, such as flat feet which increase strain on the nerve
  • Systematic diseases, such as diabetes or arthritis

When patients visit us at our Pooler office with tarsal tunnel syndrome, they often experience one or more symptoms, usually felt on the bottom of the foot or the inside of the ankle. In some cases, the pain may extend to the heel, arch, toes and calf. Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Burning or tingling sensation

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome can help

Whenever you experience pain, burning and tingling in your feet or toes, make an appointment with our Pooler office. Left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome could result in permanent nerve damage. Treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome varies depending on the severity of your condition. Anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, immobilization, rest and modifications in footwear are a few methods used to treat the damaged nerve and reduce the pain. When non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful, surgery may be recommended.










 

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