What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?
The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. It is covered with a thick ligament, the flexor retinaculum, to protect the structures within the tunnel.
The key structure in the tunnel that is implicated in TTS is the posterior tibial nerve which becomes compressed in this condition causing pain and inflammation. This condition can be seen in people of all ages but has a higher prevalence in women.
What are the causes of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?
- Repetitive stress activities
- Traumas such as fracture, dislocation or stretch injuries
- Flat Feet
- Being overweight or obese
- Tendopathy due to overload of the tendons in the tunnel
- Systemic diseases that cause ankle inflammation or nerve compromise
What are the symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?
Symptoms are typically felt anywhere on the inside of the ankle and/or on the bottom of the foot.
- Burning pain at the sole of the foot
- Numbness or tingling at the base of the foot
What can I do at home?
- Resting the foot and limiting physical activity
- Icing the inflamed area
- Wearing soft soled shoes
How to book an appointment?
If you think that you may be suffering from TTS, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.
All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.
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