Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndromeIf you feel numbness, shooting pain, tingling or burning sensations on the inside of your ankle or bottom of the foot, you may be suffering from tarsal tunnel syndrome. The podiatry experts at Southwest Foot and Ankle Center have the experience to accurately diagnose this painful disorder. Tarsal tunnel can affect your heel, arch, toes or calf area, but we offer effective treatment to provide the relief our patients seek.

What Causes Tarsal Tunnel Disorder?

The tarsal tunnel is the narrow space inside the ankle bones. It is covered by a ligament designed to protect the structure that also encases veins, tendons, arteries and nerves. This disorder occurs when the tarsal tunnel is compressed again a nerve that runs up the back of the heel and leg.

The pressure creates symptoms all along the nerve pathway from the inside of the ankle into the foot. Tarsal tunnel compression can be caused by:

  • Flat feet
  • Arthritic bone spurs
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Varicose vein
  • Tendon or muscle injury (such as sprained ankle)
  • Diseases such as diabetes or arthritis

Symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome can happen suddenly or slowly over time, which could be due to a new exercise program or prolonged standing in one place on a daily basis. Whichever way your ankle pain develops, early diagnosis and treatment is important. If left untreated, tarsal tunnel problems can progress into permanent nerve damage.

Effective Treatments With or Without Foot Surgery

Dr. Reza Mobarak, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA, will use the latest technology and medical diagnostic methods to accurately treat your condition. Our podiatry facilities in Lewisville, Plano and Irving offer a comfortable, safe environment to study and treat your pain.

Dr. Mobarak and his team strive to solve the problem with non-invasive techniques such as medication, physical therapy, injections, braces or custom orthotic devices. But in cases where foot surgery is indicated as the best treatment, our foot and ankle surgery team is certified and equipped to care for tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Schedule an Appointment

For more information on tarsal tunnel syndrome and our podiatry services, contact us online, or call our Lewisville clinic at 972-318-2738, our Plano clinic at 972-805-9985 or our Irving clinic at 972-318-2655 to schedule an appointment.