Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
You’ve heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, but what about tarsal tunnel syndrome?
The problems are similar but instead of affecting the wrist and hand, tarsal tunnel syndrome affects the foot.
The tarsal tunnel is located between the ankle bone and a band of ligaments on the foot. Inside the tunnel are nerves, arteries and tendons. The tibial nerve supplies movement and sensation to the calf and foot muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is squeezed, resulting in shooting pain, numbness and tingling in the foot.
Nonsurgical treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, braces and splints to relieve pressure. Severe cases may require nerve decompression surgery.