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The nerve of that nerve!

There is a nerve in your foot that can get pinched just like carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist. The area is on the inside of the ankle and it’s called Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Pain can occur right in that spot. Pain can also occur in your heel, arch, and the balls of your feet. The sensations of nerve pain are often sharpness, burning, and tingling. Some people even notice an aching sensation in their arch from tarsal tunnel syndrome, especially after activity. There are several possible causes of a pinched nerve in your foot and ankle. The wrong shoes and even tight socks could be the culprit. Often, there is a bio mechanical cause of the condition which leads to chronic pressure on the nerve. Diagnosis is usually confirmed with physical examination. Ultrasound imaging is useful in ruling out other painful conditions in the tarsal tunnel area such as tendinitis or soft tissue masses. If we suspect Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, there are simple and effective methods to alleviate the pain and keep it from coming back. Early diagnosis and management is essential to allow the nerve to return to normal. The longer a nerve is pinched, the lower the probability that a non-surgical solution will work. We specialize in diagnosing and treating tarsal tunnel syndrome. Come see us right away if you are experiencing this type of pain.

Author
Paul Betschart, DPM Dr. Betschart has over 26 years of experience in treating patients of all ages with all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. His mission is to provide you with helpful information about foot and ankle issues and the latest developments in healthcare.

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