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Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a squeezing or pinching of the tibial nerve. This nerve runs down the back of the leg to the inner ankle. In this area of the ankle joint, a complex mix of nerves, tendons, and ligaments meet. This makes it more likely that the tibial nerve could become pinched.
Certain things may increase your risk of the nerve being pinched. They include:
Symptoms include burning foot pain. You may also have aching, numbness, and tingling in the sole or arch of the foot.
At first, treatment may include rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen or naproxen. It can also include footwear that supports your feet. Examples are arch supports, custom orthotics, and support shoes. Your doctor might suggest physiotherapy. If these treatments don't help, you might get steroid shots or medicine that targets nerve pain.
If these treatments don't help relieve your symptoms, you may need surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Steven J. Atlas MD, MPH - Internal Medicine & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Marco Mannarino MD - Family Medicine
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