There’s an area of tendons and ligaments that run across the top of your foot near the ankle that creates a tunnel that carries the nerves, blood vessels, and other components that make it possible for you to move your foot. One of these nerves, called the tibial nerve, is particularly susceptible to compression and damage from stress and pressure. This nerve provides feeling for the bottom of your foot, and when it becomes damaged and inflamed the resultant neuropathy can be quite debilitating.
Tarsal tunnel nerve compression can be caused by a variety of injuries and conditions. These include:
Loss of feeling, burning and tingling
Shooting, stabbing pain
Flat feet - people who have untreated flat feet are more susceptible
Injury to the foot or ankle
Diseases that affect the nerves such as diabetes and arthritis
This condition can be difficult to identify since it has similar symptoms to other foot problems, so be sure to consult with your podiatrist for the correct diagnosis. A variety of testing including nerve conduction measurements, x-rays, and a physical examination will be performed.
Treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome
Treatment options for tarsal tunnel syndrome include taking over-the-counter pain relievers in moderation. Specially made braces and custom orthotic inserts will move pressure away from the nerve, allowing healing to occur more rapidly. In rare instances, surgery may be needed to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
If you suspect you may have tarsal tunnel trouble, consult with our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!