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The tarsal tunnel is located in the back curve of your ankle; it runs behind the prominent bump on the inside of your ankle. Tarsal tunnel syndrome happens if the tibial nerve that runs through that tarsal tunnel gets compressed. The compression can lead to pain, burning, or tingling sensations in the ankle and radiating through the foot from the ankle up to the toes.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS for short) can be caused by an injury, a disease, or a condition. Some possible causes are a sprained ankle that causes swelling which leads to the pressure, arthritis and diabetes can also cause the same swelling as well. If you have flat feet, that might be a cause of TTS, for some individuals just being on their feet for extended periods of time on a regular basis could result the this condition. If you think you might have tarsal tunnel syndrome, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our Lake Worth podiatrists, as well as our podiatrists at our other locations, will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for TTS with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or request an appointment online.

What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

The tarsal tunnel runs along the inner side of the ankle just behind the medial malleolus (the bump on your ankle). The tibial nerve is one of the nerves that are located inside the tarsal tunnel. The syndrome occurs as a result of the pressure that is put on the nerves in your ankle. The result is one or more of the following symptoms: pain, burning, tingling, numbness. These symptoms are usually localized in the ankle, but they can radiate from the ankle through the foot and up to the toes. Pressure is the main cause of tarsal tunnel syndrome, however, the compression can be caused by swelling from an ankle sprain, arthritis, or diabetes, or it can be a result from the shape of your foot and how you stand. In some cases, if you are on your feet all the time, that can cause tarsal tunnel syndrome too.

Symptoms of Tarsal TunnelSyndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is associated with pain, burning, tingling, and electrical sensations that center in and around the ankle but can radiate through your foot. Patients often complain of numbness in the foot all the way through to the big toe. Pain usually is said to worsen throughout the day with activity but relaxes with rest, elevation, and massage.

Treatments for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

As always, our podiatrists start out with a conservative and non-invasive treatment course of action to relieve tarsal tunnel syndrome symptoms and pain before recommending surgery. Treatment options start out first with rest, icing, elevation, and massage. The next steps for TTS treatment include strengthening exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications. In some treatment cases, we might also recommend casting, compression hose, comfort and support padding, and/or custom orthotics.

Diagnosing Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome? Our doctors understand that active individuals do not like being sidelined and we do everything possible to reduce your pain and safely get you back to the activities you love doing. If your foot pain does not subside after icing and rest, you should come in to see one of our podiatrists so that they can develop a plan of care to get you back on your feet. Diagnosing tarsal tunnel syndrome might involve examining the anatomy of your foot and evaluating your foot wear, taking X-rays and administering a special test to see if there is any nerve damage. The South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers doctors’ have a great deal of clinical experience and expertise in treating conditions of the feet. Our podiatrists specialize in making you feel comfortable by involving you in the treatment plan and explaining all of the available options to you.


The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and providing treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Do these symptoms sound familiar? Contact South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers today for a comprehensive examination and treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Lake Worth or at any one of our six locations throughout Palm Beach. Call 561-793-6170 to speak with a staff member or click here to request an appointment online.

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