There is Light at the End of the Tunnel

By Loren Colon, DPM, FACFAS

Have you ever experienced numbness in the foot radiating to the toes with pain, burning, and tingling? If this is the case, you are most likely experiencing a condition called Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. This is a condition in which the tibial nerve is compressed as it travels through the tarsal tunnel. If the entrapment is high, the entire foot can be affected.

Some people have conditions that predispose them to tarsal tunnel, including obesity, pregnancy, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, arthritis, diabetes. Swelling from an ankle sprain can also put pressure on the tarsal tunnel by pinching the nerve.

Some of the treatment modalities include rest, manipulation and strengthening with physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, steroid and anesthetic injections, compression hose, immobilization and orthotics.  If non-invasive treatment measures fail, tarsal tunnel release surgery may be recommended to decompress the area.

Our goal is to get you back on your feet pain free as soon as possible.  Schedule your appointment today with your Atlanta podiatrist at American Foot and Leg Specialists.