The tarsal tunnel is a narrow highway of arteries, veins, tendons, and nerves that runs along the inside of the ankle bones. One of these structures is the posterior tibial nerve, which may become irritated/compressed in the tunnel. Causes may be mechanical, structural, or systemic.
Patients with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome may experience numbness, pain, burning or tingling sensations in the foot and toes.
What to Expect When You See the Doctor
Your doctor will examine your foot and ankle. Diagnostic injections may be helpful to support the diagnosis. Ultrasound or MRI may be used to evaluate for a space occupying lesion. Electromyography and nerve conduction velocity (EMG/NCV) may be ordered to evaluate the nerve function in more detail.
Nonsurgical treatments may include injections, orthotics or bracing. Sometimes surgery is the best option for treating tarsal tunnel syndrome. Your foot and ankle surgeon will determine if surgery is necessary and will select the appropriate procedure or procedures based on the cause of the condition. Typically, surgery involves cutting of the retinaculum to release the nerve from being compressed.
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