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Causes of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

The medical term for the foot condition known as tarsal tunnel syndrome is posterior tibial neuralgia. It can cause severe pain and discomfort as a result of a compressed tibial nerve as it travels through the tarsal tunnel. Patients who experience this ailment may have a predisposition to diabetes, alcoholism, or specific types of neuropathies. The symptoms that are often associated with tarsal tunnel syndrome consist of tenderness surrounding the ankle, a lack of feeling in the sole, and difficulty walking or standing. It may be a frequent ailment among people who have flat feet, and the fallen arch may begin to compress the nerve. Additionally, if a foot injury has occurred, it may damage the tarsal tunnel and the nerve that is inside it. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you have a physical examination from a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and the Upper East Side, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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