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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

It occurs when the posterior tibial nerve, which runs along the inside of the ankle and foot, becomes compressed and damaged, causing inflammation.

Can physiotherapy help people with tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Yes. Many patients with tarsal tunnel syndrome start to feel better within a couple of weeks of physiotherapy treatment.

What are the causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

  • Compression of the tibial nerve caused by other conditions

  • Severely flat feet

  • Benign bony growths in the tarsal tunnel

  • Varicose veinsin the membrane surrounding the tibial nerve

  • Arthritis

  • Lesions and masses like tumours or lipomas near the tibial nerve

  • Injuries or trauma, like an ankle sprain or fracture

  • Diabetes

  • Overuse of the muscles and tendons

What are the symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

  • Tingling or pins and needles along the inner aspect of the ankle and foot

  • Pain with extended periods of walking or standing

  • Pain is sharp, shooting and electric shock-like

  • Burning sensation at night

  • Weakness in the muscles that bend the toes

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