Tarsal tunnel syndrome is an infrequent condition characterized by damage to the tibial nerve, one of the major nerves in the body. It is typically caused by compression within the tarsal tunnel, which is a narrow passage located inside the ankle. This compression, known as entrapment neuropathy, occurs due to the restricted space formed by bones and soft tissues in the area. The tibial nerve, along with certain blood vessels and tendons, passes through the tarsal tunnel. It is responsible for moving and feeling things in the lower leg and foot. However, the term tarsal tunnel syndrome is commonly used to describe any discomfort or pain along the tibial nerve. This syndrome can stem from various underlying causes, including injury to the foot or ankle, flat feet or fallen arches, and medical conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis. Individuals affected by tarsal tunnel syndrome may experience pain, a burning sensation, or tingling along the path of the tibial nerve. If you have foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Leonard Talarico, DPM of Georgia. 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.
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