Painful, burning, tingling on the sole of your foot or inner part of your ankle? Loss of feeling? These troubling symptoms can literally keep you up at night. To make matters worse, a quick search on Google will likely cause even more concern. Before you panic, seek advice from the Austin experts in nerve pain. It’s possible that something as simple as orthotics for tarsal tunnel syndrome could have you back on your feet.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS), caused by excessive pressure on the tibial nerve, can be difficult to diagnose, so it’s important to seek the advice of a skilled podiatrist. TTS is commonly mistaken for plantar fasciitis, since the pain on the bottom of the affected foot can travel down to the heel. Effective treatment starts with the proper diagnosis—begin your journey to pain-free feet today by calling to schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS.
Nerve-related foot pain can happen to anyone, but some people are more susceptible. If your job requires long hours of standing, you are at higher risk for this condition. Other people may have a desk job, but their foot structure leads to overpronation. Combine that with an active lifestyle, and you have a recipe that may result in compression of the tibial nerve. Fortunately, there are conservative treatments for tarsal tunnel syndrome, so you don’t have to stand for the pain it causes.
Orthotics for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
If you’ve wondered why custom orthotics are so important, it’s vital to understand that poor foot mechanics lead to a myriad of common foot and ankle conditions. The job of orthotics, made especially for your feet, is to correct their position. This is essential to the proper distribution of the body’s weight across your foundation, which directly impacts its health. In the case of tarsal tunnel syndrome, an orthotic can reduce the pressure on the tibial nerve.
You may be wondering if a quick trip to the foot care section of your local drug store will solve your problem. While podiatrists sometimes recommend an over-the-counter orthotic, it is always in response to a particular situation that calls for it. For example, a female patient may need to make a pair of special occasion shoes more comfortable for an upcoming event. In this case, it makes more sense to make the shoe comfortable for that night with ready-to-use products.
When it comes to daily wear and the resolution of foot pain, drug store inserts are never the best option. Consider the varying shapes and sizes of feet in your own family. Does it make sense that one, mass-produced orthotic could address the needs of each person? The answer is a resounding no. Your unique feet call for devices that are made to support their exact needs. Bring your favorite shoes to your appointment, and we’ll show you how these devices can resolve your TTS pain.
Act Now for TTS Relief
Get back on your feet, and call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists to learn more about how custom orthotics can end your foot and ankle pain. Dial (512) 328-8900 today, or schedule an appointment online.