Nerve Injuries: Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Your nervous system is extensive and makes everything you do or feel possible. When something stimulates your nerves, the message is carried to your brain and processed, allowing you to react accordingly. However, nerves damage easily. Pinched nervous tissue misfires and aches. Remedying this problem quickly is the key to restoring their health and your comfort. That is why quality tarsal tunnel syndrome treatment is so important.

Reviewing the Condition

Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) is pain from abnormal pressure on the tibial nerve, which runs down the lower leg, along the bump on the inside of your ankle, and into the foot. When this is pinched, you end up with tingling, burning, aching, and numb spots in your lower limbs. Anything that compresses the nerve can lead to this problem, from simple swelling in the surrounding tissues to tumors. This condition needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, since chronic nerve compression can actually lead to permanent damage.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome treatment largely depends on your unique discomfort and the source of the problem. You’ll need to have your feet and ankles evaluated. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS can examine them and use diagnostic images to determine the extent of the condition and the exact structures affected. Our expert staff can then help you determine the best options for your recovery.

Eliminating the Pain

Conservative treatments exist to help decrease the pressure on the tibial nerve. Their success largely depends on what is compressing the tissues. Rest and ice help reduce irritation and limit swelling. Our office may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications. These decrease inflammation and relieve pain. Sometimes custom orthotics help stabilize and cushion the rearfoot, reducing pressure on the nerve. If you have any preexisting conditions that could be contributing to the problem, orthotics can also correct those. Occasionally direct injections of medication to the affected area are used for temporary relief.

If conservative methods fail, you’ll need surgery to release the pressure and feel real relief. Lesions or tumors that have grown in the tunnel area by the tibial nerve will need to be removed. Sometimes scar tissue will have developed as well, requiring extra work to decompress the tissue. One of the most common procedures for tarsal tunnel syndrome treatment is a release. The ligament that holds the tibial nerve and several other tissues in place is called the flexor retinaculum. The ligament isn’t very flexible on its own, but through a procedure the doctors can snip the tissue, reducing the pressure on the nerve and providing more room to all the structures. The ends of the ligament then grow back together, making the whole structure longer than before.

TTS treatment is most successful when applied to the condition as soon as possible. Leaving the nerve pinched can result in permanent damage in the lower limbs. Rather than suffer with foot and ankle pain now, or risk chronic discomfort as time goes on, contact the experts here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. We can help you identify your condition and develop a plan for relief and restoration of your lower limb health. Fill out the online contact form or call (512) 328-8900 to reach our Austin, TX office.

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists