Don’t Ignore Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you have pain on the inside of your ankle? Does your discomfort sometimes develop as a burning or tingling feeling or numbness?

You may have tarsal tunnel syndrome, where the posterior tibial nerve is squeezed or compressed.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is where a nerve is compressed near the wrist’s carpal bones resulting in a burning feeling or numbness. Correspondingly, tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs in the feet in a “tunnel” on the inside of your ankle next to the ankle bones. This tunnel encloses arteries, veins, nerves and tendons and is protected by a thick ligament.

One of the nerves in the tunnel is the posterior tibial nerve, and when it’s compressed it can cause pain or numbness. Sometimes the symptoms are felt on the bottom of the foot or the inside of the ankle.

What Causes Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

There are several scenarios that can cause the posterior tibial nerve to be compressed:

Treating Tarsal Tunnel

In diagnosing tarsal tunnel, it’s important to rule out other conditions that exhibit similar symptoms. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM will perform a careful examination of your foot and evaluate your loss of feeling. We can order advanced imaging studies to eliminate other possible diagnoses.

Our prescribed conservative treatments will include:

It’s important to know that if tarsal tunnel syndrome is left untreated, further and even permanent nerve damage may result.

If these conservative or non-surgical treatments are not effective, we’ll discuss surgical options with you.

Persistent Foot or Ankle Pain Can Lead to Serious Conditions

Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with foot and ankle pain including nerve compression. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Don’t let a foot problem get worse – call us today!

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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