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Understanding Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, or TTS, is a condition characterized by compression of the tibial nerve as it passes through the tarsal tunnel, located on the inner side of the ankle. This compression can lead to a variety of symptoms, including pain, tingling, burning sensations, and numbness along the inner ankle and sole of the foot. Individuals with TTS may also experience weakness in the muscles of the foot, particularly the toes, and may have difficulty standing or walking for prolonged periods of time. Symptoms of TTS often worsen with activity or prolonged standing, and may be worsened by wearing tight shoes or engaging in activities that require repetitive ankle motion. In some cases, the pain and discomfort of TTS can be severe enough to interfere with daily activities and significantly impact quality of life. Early recognition and treatment of tarsal tunnel syndrome is essential to prevent further nerve damage and alleviate symptoms. If you suspect you may have TTS, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options that are right for you.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Donovan Gowdie, DPM of The Foot & Ankle Treatment Center. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Watkinsville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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