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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a form of nerve entrapment in the ankle. This happens when pressure is placed on the posterior tibial nerve as it passes through the tarsal tunnel at the ankle.

Some of the causes for the compression of this nerve include inflammation of surrounding tissues, space occupying lesions like ganglion cysts, stretch injuries, fractures and dislocations of the ankle.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain radiating into the arch and heel of the foot, and occasionally the toes
  • Burning or tingling sensation similar to pins and needles
  • Numbness or reduced feeling in the foot
  • Pain may be worsened when running or standing for long periods of time
  • Pain at night

    This condition is often associated with with flat feet. When the Patients foot rolls inward (Pronates) there is greater compression of the nerve. Because of this long periods on your feet either standing or walking the pain increases.

    If left untreated, numbness and neuropathy can occur. This nerve damage may become irreversible, resulting in permanent foot pain or damage. If conservative treatment is ineffective an orthopedic assessment may be required.

    At Coast Sport our friendly podiatrist can perform biomechanical assessment of your foot, to assess and accurately diagnose the condition and the underlying causes to develop a treatment plan to get you back moving pain free.