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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression, or squeezing, on the posterior tibial nerve that produces symptoms anywhere along the path of the nerve running from the inside of the ankle into the foot.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs in the wrist. Both disorders arise from the compression of a nerve in a confined space.
What causes it?
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused by anything that produces compression on the posterior tibial nerve, such as:
What will happen if I leave it untreated?
If left untreated the condition can progress and in some cases it may result in permanent nerve damage.
What can help?
There are a variety of treatment options which can help to treat Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome:
What are the treatment options?
Custom shoe inserts may be prescribed to help maintain the arch and limit excessive motion that can cause compression of the nerve
Your Podiatrist may also recommend strengthening and stretching exercises once the pain has subsided.
A corticosteroid injection may be considered if conservative treatments have failed to improve the symptoms. Surgery may be considered as a final resort.