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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Could You be Suffering from Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome? | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Could You be Suffering from Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?
 

The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space on the inside of the ankle near the bone, which is surrounded by a thick ligament and contains arteries, veins, tendons and nerves. When something happens that puts pressure on the tarsal tunnel and the tibial nerve contained within it gets compressed, you may experience a number of nerve-related symptoms. These include: pain and tingling in your ankles, heel, toes, arches and radiating up the leg; feelings like electric shock; sensations of hot and cold; burning on the bottom of the foot; and swelling.

Causes of Compression

Treating tarsal tunnel syndrome depends in part on finding the source of the compression. Athletes and people whose job or other activities require them to stand for extended periods of time are more prone to tarsal tunnel syndrome. Other things that can put compression on the nerve include:

  • ·       An abnormal structure intruding into the tunnel, such as a cyst, benign tumor, bone spur, varicose veins
  • ·       Flat feet
  • ·       An ankle sprain or other injury that causes swelling in the area of the tarsal tunnel
  • ·       Diseases that produce swelling in the feet and ankles like arthritis and diabetes

 

Treatment

At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, our board certified foot doctors, Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., and Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., will listen to your symptoms and conduct a complete examination of your ankle and foot. The podiatrist will tap on the nerve to try to reproduce your symptoms and will also try to feel the area to see if a mass can be detected. X-rays (which can be done in our Aberdeen office) and other advanced imaging studies may be necessary to find out what is compressing the nerve.

Initially after diagnosing tarsal tunnel syndrome, your foot doctor will want you to rest your ankle and apply ice to allow the swelling to go down and help the area to heal. Oral pain medications or injections may be prescribed to reduce pain. Treatment will be aimed at the cause of the compression. Masses may have to be removed. If flat feet are the cause, then arch supports or other orthotics may be recommended. In some cases surgery may be necessary to repair tarsal tunnel damage.

If you have symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome, make an appointment for an evaluation by calling our Aberdeen office at 732-566-2841 at your soonest convenience. Early treatment of tarsal tunnel syndrome is necessary to avoid permanent nerve damage.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Could You be Suffering from Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen