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Causes of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

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You have probably heard of carpal tunnel syndrome and tarsal tunnel syndrome is very similar. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression or a squeezing of the posterior tibial nerve. The posterior tibial nerve runs along the inside of the ankle into the foot and symptoms can be produced anywhere along the nerve.

If you are suffering from tarsal tunnel syndrome, you may feel numbness, tingling, burning, or a sensation similar to electric shock. You may also feel pain, including shooting pain.

So, what are some things that may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome? Basically, anything that compresses the posterior tibial nerve, including:

  • An injury, which may compress the nerve due to inflammation.
  • Systematic diseases, such as diabetes or arthritis, which may compress the nerve due to inflammation.
  • An enlarged or abnormal structure that compresses the nerve. For example, a cyst, a varicose vein, a swollen tendon or an arthritic bone spur.
  • Weight gain. Those who are overweight may be more likely to experience pressure on the posterior tibial nerve.
  • Flat feet. People with flat feet are at risk for developing tarsal tunnel syndrome because “fallen” arches can put strain on and compress the nerve.

There are a variety of treatment options available for tarsal tunnel syndrome ranging from conservative treatments, such as rest and ice, all the way to surgery, and with many treatment options in between.

If you believe you are suffering from tarsal tunnel syndrome, you should see a podiatrist to get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

If you would like to set up and appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

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