Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment neuropathy, where the posterior tibial nerve becomes entrapped behind your ankle (medial malleolus) causing painful symptoms. It is the result of compression in the section where the nerve runs through, causing neural dysfunction. 

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is characterised by burning pain and numbness often behind the tibial and onto the bottom of the foot (plantar aspect). Pain is often exaggerated when weightbearing or in bed at night. Your expert Camden podiatrist is equipped with the diagnostic skill set to identify the problem, before treating the problem. 

Who gets Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

The key to successful treatment, is accurate identification of the cause of injury. Primarily, compression of the tibial nerve is the catalyst for symptom onset – however there are a number of factors that can cause compression. These include:

  • Biomechanical factors: Flat feet for example result in overstretching and compression of the nerve. 
  • Inflammatory arthritis: Conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis can cause inflammation with entraps the nerve
  • Injuries: any injury causing nerve disruption, bone alignment of inflammation 
  • Diabetes
 

If this is something you are experiencing? How to treat Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Given the focus of treatment is dependent on identifying why the problem began initially. A consultation with your expert foot doctor in Camden. A comprehensive biomechanical assessment will be performed to understand why the nerve has become compressed so we can accurately and effectively treat you. Until you have booked in, rest, ice and avoid potential triggers of pain. 

Book in a podiatry assessment at Reform Podiatry Camden today. If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the friendly staff at Reform Podiatry with the button below. We are happy to answer your queries or assist you with booking an appointment. 

 

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