Tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. The tunnel is covered with a thick ligament that protects and maintains the structures (arteries, veins, tendons, and nerves) contained within the tunnel.
So what is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome? It is a compression on the posterior tibial nerve that produces symptoms anywhere along the path of the nerve running from the inside of the ankle
into the foot.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. Both arise from the compression of a nerve.
Patients with tarsal tunnel experience burning, tingling, numbness, pain, or a sensation similar to an electrical shock. Symptoms are typically felt on the inside of the ankle and/or the bottom of the foot.
Treatment can consist of oral medication, immobilization, physical therapy, orthotics (shoe inserts), change in shoe gear, and bracing. It is very important to seek treatment early. If left
untreated the condition could result in surgery or permanent nerve damage.
Call Montgomery Foot Care Specialists for an evaluation if you have any of these symptoms.