Your tibial nerve passes through a narrow space in the ankle called the tarsal tunnel. It is known as tarsal tunnel syndrome, when this nerve gets irritated, compressed, or squeezed. This is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists. Many people with carpal tunnel will have tarsal tunnel syndrome and other nerve problems. This syndrome is not common but often underdiagnosed.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome symptoms include:

  • Burning sensation in the foot 
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Tingling

These symptoms can be felt in the heel, arch, sole, and toes of the foot and may worsen with activity or at night. Many patients feel the pain originating in the ankle and radiating down to the plantar of the foot; however, symptoms can vary.

Risk factors for tarsal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Injury
  • Overuse
  • Flat Feet
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation and Swelling due to other medical conditions
  • Varicose Veins
  • Swelling of legs and feet

Tarsal Tunnel SyndromeX-ray, ultrasound, MRI, or EMG will need to be done to diagnose tarsal tunnel syndrome. Tests can often be negative, but a patient may still have tarsal or carpal tunnel. 

It is important to see your Healthmark podiatrist to diagnose the syndrome and set up a treatment plan. Tarsal tunnel syndrome treatments can include anti-inflammatory medications, orthotics, braces, splints, and sometimes surgery to reduce the pressure on the tibial nerve.

Are you looking for a tarsal tunnel syndrome specialist in Philadelphia?

If you are looking for tarsal tunnel syndrome care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact an experienced Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associate podiatrist today.