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What is tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Entrapment tibial n.: This is entrapment of the tibial nerve in the tarsal tunnel on the inside of the ankle. This nerve entrapment causes pain and sensory loss in the heel and sole of the foot. There is also weakness of the small muscles that control toe movement. ...Read more

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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

Usually of the posterior tibial nerve, as the lacinate ligament compresses it against the ankle bone. It's associated with excessive pronation and folks with flat feet. Treatment involves correcting pronation with an orthotic, injections to rest the nerve, antiinflammatories and if all else fails, surgery to release the ...Read more


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Describe tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Describe tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Pain, burning: Tarsal tunnel syndrome is an injury or compression of the posterior tibial nerve. This runs behind the inside ankle bone into the foot at the level of the heel bone.
Most symptoms will be pain and burning from the level of the ankle to the bottom of the foot depending on which nerve branches are involved. ...Read more

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What is the tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is the tarsal tunnel syndrome?

See below: The tarsal tunnel syndrome is a fairly unusual condition in which the tibial nerve which runs along the inside of the ankle becomes compressed by the connective tissue that holds it in place. The symptoms are aching pain and numbness usually in the sole of the foot. Sometimes surgery is needed. ...Read more

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How do you treat tarsal tunnel syndrome?

How do you treat tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Kitchen sink: For tarsal tunnel syndrome (tts), there's complex and isolated treatments. Tts could be part of a bigger radiculopathy (back nerve problems) that have to also be addressed. If its isolated, it's still not "straight-forward". Physical therapy, targeted manipulations, local injections, vein therapy, and even surgery may not "cure" tts. It may take a team-approach. Please contact me for more deta. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

See below: Pain, burning, numbness and weakening of the ankle and foot. ...Read more

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Who do I seek for help if I have tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Who do I seek for help if I have tarsal tunnel syndrome?

A podiatrist: Who specializes in foot and ankle is a good choice, similiarly an orthopod ...Read more

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Is tarsal tunnel syndrome considered a medical disability?

It is a condition: Most cases of tarsal tunnel can be treated with medical and surgical options. Lots of podiatrists and orthopedic foot & ankle surgeons can adequately deal with this condition. Sometimes, permanent complications such as pain and numbness might result. If severe enough, these symptoms might prove disabling. Talk with a podiatrist or orthopedist in regards to this. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Nerve compression: Usually of the posterior tibial nerve, as the lacinate ligament compresses it against the ankle bone. It's associated with excessive pronation and folks with flat feet. Treatment involves correcting pronation with an orthotic, injections to rest the nerve, antiinflammatories and if all else fails, surgery to release the ligament from the nerve. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome and how is it treated?

Tarsal tunnel: As stated there is a shooting sensation that goes dismally and / or proximally usually with pain. Decreasing the pressure via orthotics or injections is common. ...Read more

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Spasticity common with tarsal tunnel syndrome???

Spasticity common with tarsal tunnel syndrome???

To some extent: Compression of the structures in the tarsal tunnel can cause muscular spasm of the medial aspect of the foot. On the other hand, if it is particularly severe, there may be something else going on. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Compression on the: Posterior tibial nerve and or its branches. This can be caused by the extensor retinaculum (a band of tissue that overlies the nerves) becomes too tight which can occur when a foot flattens...Engorged blood vessels next to the nerve, any soft tissue mass in the area.....Or things of that nature. They all in some way put pressure in the nerve.... ...Read more

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Let the tarsal tunnel syndrome go too long. What type of casting will I get?

Below the knee: Casting will consist of it extending to below the knee. Often times surgery is necessary if the nerve is entrapped in scar tissue. ...Read more

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What is the difference between posterier tibial tendon dysfunction and tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Flat feet: Here is the simple answer....Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction or pttd is a flat foot deformity. It could be rigid or flexible and present with pain at the arch or heel area. Tarsal tunnel syndrome or tts is a compression syndrome (such as carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand) of the posterior tibial nerve. Pttd can cause tts. Therapy can vary significantly. Treatments include orthotics to surg. ...Read more

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Is surgery for tarsal tunnel syndrome / plantar fascitis a good choice?

Can be: Make sure that prior to surgery to either of theses conditions you have tried all conservative care. Both of these conditions are usually succesful without surgery. If all else fails, then surgery would be a good option. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor treats sciatica/tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Which type of doctor treats sciatica/tarsal tunnel syndrome?

See the podiatrist: The routes for the foot stem from L4, L5 and S1 which form the sciatic nerve. If the nerve is irritated, it can cause discomfort - sciatica or tarsal tunnel syndrome. A proper evaluation and workup is necessary to examine other structures and provide appropriate treatment. If there is no origin of compression in the tarsal tunnel, a referral to a back specialist may be made. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor treats sciatica/tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Which type of doctor treats sciatica/tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Sciatica can be: Treated by many doctors including orthopedist, neurologist, Internist, and they may refer you to a physical therapist.
Tarsal tunnel can be treated by podiatrist, orthopedist, neurologist. ...Read more

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What type of injection would help Tarsal Tunnel syndrome left foot?

What type of injection would help Tarsal Tunnel syndrome left foot?

Tarsal tunnel inj: The tarsal tunnel in the foot is much like the carpal tunnel in the wrist and should respond to either an injection of a release ...Read more

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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about tarsal tunnel syndrome. Is that ok?

You should tell him: Tarsal tunnel syndrome, cause numbness over the inside of the foot and part of the bottom of the foot, could mix up with other causes of numbness could effect the foot. ...Read more

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Does tarsal tunnel syndrome affect your leg also besides your foot?

Does tarsal tunnel syndrome affect your leg also besides your foot?

It could: The nerve that is entrapped in tarsal tunnel originates well above so there could be a cause further up the extremity or even the back. Abnormal signals can radiate to leg. Additionally the tarsal tunnel pain could be affecting tendons and even blood vessels that originate in the leg. ...Read more

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Could tarsal tunnel syndrome affect your leg also besides your foot?

Could tarsal tunnel syndrome affect your leg also besides your foot?

Yes: Tarsal tunnel syndrome indicates that anatomical structures in the canal are being squeezed. Those structures all start in the leg, hence symptoms can be felt in the leg as well. Nerve pain can travel in either direction. Also, if you have a problem with your foot, it can 100percent have effect on the leg as they are all connected. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome by a podiatrist and referred to a pain management doc. What can I expect?

I was diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome by a podiatrist and referred to a pain management doc. What can I expect?

Options available: 1. They may use oral medications
2. Series of injections could be added as well
3. They may refer you back to the podiatrist for orthotics and or in extreme cases, it may be necessary to perform a tarsal tunnel release surgical procedure if nothing else works... ...Read more

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How to know if tarsal tunnel syndrome caused complete nerve damage? Would your feet feel numb?

How to know if tarsal tunnel syndrome caused complete nerve damage? Would your feet feel numb?

Please repost: And explain what you mean by "complete." Do you mean nerve function is completely abolished? No motor or sensory function AT ALL? Or something else? ...Read more

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Generally speaking, how long should I expect to be on narcotic pain medication after tarsal tunnel syndrome surgery?

Generally speaking, how long should I expect to be on narcotic pain medication after tarsal tunnel syndrome surgery?

Less than a day: Over the bandage and dressings, the application of a posterior rest splint (the back half of a cast) for immobilization minimizes motion and thus minimizes pain. ...Read more

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Is surgery needed for foot drop from anterior tarsal tunnel syndrome (deep peroneal nerve entrapment) from ant tib tenosynovitis from ultrasound burn?

Is surgery needed for foot drop from anterior tarsal tunnel syndrome (deep peroneal nerve entrapment) from ant tib tenosynovitis from ultrasound burn?

Something does not: Sound right about this. The common peroneal nerve can cause a drop foot. The deep peroneal nerve from ant tarsal tunnel is on the top of the foot. The nerve runs deep as the name implies and hence would not be affected from ultrasound. Entrapment of this nerve would not cause a dropfoot, it usually causes numbness to the first webspace or great toe. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndromed?

What are the symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndromed?

Numbness: Tingling, burning. And pain are the primary chief complaints often heard. Usually, palpating or touching the tarsal tunnel ellicits these symptoms immediately. ...Read more

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Can tarsal tunnel recur once it has resolved?

Can tarsal tunnel recur once it has resolved?

Yes. It is like--: Tunnel. It can have it's ups and downs. Surgical release is done in debilitating pain. Such as interfering with ADL'S, usaual activities & quality of life. If young & active, it can interfere with lots of things: walking, dancing, sports 2 name a few. C an orthopedist 4 eval. ...Read more

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Do you know any good tarsal tunnel exercise programs?

Do you know any good tarsal tunnel exercise programs?

Tarsal tunnel: As stated, there are none. However, with excess pronation orthotics can help - not completely but at least some relief. See your podiatrist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Recovery from tarsal tunnel release takes about how long?

Upto a year: Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression neuropathy in which the tibial nerve is compressed as it travels through the tarsal tunnel. Patients complain of numbness in the foot radiating to the big toe and the first three toes, pain, burning, shooting sensations, and tingling over the base of the foot and the heel. Long standing problem takes longer to recover even up to a year. ...Read more

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I had tarsal tunnel surgery 10 days ago and the pain is unbearable, is this normal?

I had tarsal tunnel surgery 10 days ago and the pain is unbearable, is this normal?

Go see your surgeon: Your surgeon should have given you post-operative instructions plus enough pain medication to control expected amount/duration of pain. If that amount & dose are not enough, then you need to contact surgeon about possible complication causing unbearable pain. Don't wait. ...Read more

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Can tarsal tunnel be chronic? Can it come back again after it has been gone for a while?

Can tarsal tunnel be chronic? Can it come back again after it has been gone for a while?

Suggest a EMG test: Find a neurologist in your area and have an EMG test. It will confirm if you indeed have tarsal tunnel. ...Read more

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What is tarsal tunnel?

What is tarsal tunnel?

Tarsal tnnl syndrome: This is entrapment of the tibial nerve in the tarsal tunnel on the inside of the ankle. This nerve entrapment causes pain and sensory loss in the heel and sole of the foot. There is also weakness of the small muscles that control toe movement. ...Read more

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What is tarsal tunnel? How is it treated?

It is a compression: Neuropathy of the posterior tibial nerve or one of its branches by the inner ankle. Treatments include orthotics to realign the foot and take reassure off the nerve, sometimes injections, sometimes surgery to decompress the nerve. ...Read more

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Can tarsal tunnel get better without any treatments?

Depends on cause: Tarsal tunnel can be caused from anything that puts pressure on the posterior tibial nerve as it passes under the ligment on the medial side of the ankle.
it can be caused biomechanically, from venous congestion, any thing that causes a nerve impingement there.
So it needs to be determine what is causing your tarsal tunnel discomfort. ...Read more