Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and Nerve Decompression

The tarsal tunnel is an region on the inside of your ankle that is defined by a small, narrow space. Several important structures through area such as tendons (posterior tibialis, flexor digitorum longus, flexor hallucis longus), arteries, veins, and nerves. A thick ligament is overlying it to protect the underlying structures. When this area becomes compressed, tarsal tunnel syndrome can present significant dysfunction and pain throughout the foot and ankle. You may experience burning, tingling, numbness, electrical shocks, pain and dysfunction. You may notice this is intermittent and gets triggered by certain movements or activities.

There are several causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome, all of which must be carefully considered during diagnosis. Some common reasons include varicose veins or soft tissue masses, ankle injuries, structural deformities (i.e. flat feet), anatomic abnormalities, and systemic conditions such as diabetes mellitus. Proper diagnosis starts with a thorough clinical examination. Many times, additional diagnostic studies such as MRI and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) will be ordered. Come see our specialists today for a proper evaluation and a recommended treatment plan.

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