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Where Is the Tarsal Tunnel?

The feet endure hundreds of times the body weight of an individual, occurring several times per day. The ankle is responsible for weight bearing, in addition to absorbing the shock, the body endures while walking and running. One of the components of the ankle is called the tarsal tunnel, and the tibial nerve is located inside this tunnel. The foot condition that is known as tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tibial nerve becomes inflamed and compressed, and can cause difficulty in walking. This condition may be prone to people who have flat feet, as a result of abnormal foot structure. Additionally, a tumor or cyst that has developed in this part of the foot may place pressure on the nerve, possibly causing tarsal tunnel syndrome to develop. Common symptoms patients may experience may consist of a burning sensation along the inside of the ankle, and can radiate to the entire foot. Relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated, and walking can temporarily subside. Effective prevention methods may include performing specific stretches that can strengthen the ankle, in addition to warming up and cooling down before and after running. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is treated by a podiatrist, and it is suggested that you confer with this type of doctor who can offer you the correct treatment options.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Inc.. Our doctors 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 Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Mentor, and Tallmadge, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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