Identifying the Causes and Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

If you experience a burning pain in your ankle or the bottom of your foot, it could be an indication that you’re suffering from Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Tarsal Tunnel occurs when the tibial nerve in the ankle is squeezed by the tendons that surround it.

Tarsal Tunnel is often found in people who repeatedly contort their feet in harmless ways, exercise incorrectly, or have flat arches. Physical therapist Steve Miller suggests getting nerve glides and soft tissue massages to help alleviate the pain caused by this condition.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome can be tricky to diagnose, so if you experience any symptoms you should try to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you believe you might have this condition, visit podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can figure out whether or not your foot pain is being caused by Tarsal Tunnel and help you get the care you need.

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw or Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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