If you feel shooting pain, tingling or numbness on the inner ankle or bottom of the foot, you could have tarsal tunnel syndrome. This is a painful condition that occurs when you experience nerve compression or squeezing. It can be treated by a skilled foot doctor, so you should get help. Podiatrist, Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM has provided relief from tarsal tunnel syndrome to many patients in and around the Salt Lake City area.
The tarsal tunnel is on the inner ankle next to the bones of the ankle. The tunnel is a narrow space that is covered by a thick ligament called the flexor retinaculum. Within the tunnel are tendons, nerves, veins, and arteries.
Unfortunately, sometimes the posterior tibial nerve can become compressed or squeezed. This can cause tarsal tunnel syndrome. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, except carpal tunnel affects the hands and tarsal tunnel affects the feet.
If you suffer from tarsal tunnel syndrome, you may feel as if you are suffering electrical shocks on the bottom of the foot or in your inner ankle. You may also experience a burning or tingling sensation, have shooting pain, or feel numbness. Sometimes, the discomfort is isolated to one area. You could also experience widespread discomfort, including in the arch, heel, toes, and calf.
Dr. Auger will conduct a comprehensive exam to determine if you have tarsal tunnel syndrome. During your exam, tapping on the nerve may be done to try to recreate symptoms. In some cases, electromyography and nerve conduction velocity tests and/or various imaging tests may be necessary.
Once diagnosed, Dr. Auger can discuss conservative treatment options including medication, rest, ice, the use of compression stockings, changing your footwear, and using orthotics. Sometimes, immobilization or physical therapy are needed. Surgery can also be performed if necessary to relieve pain.
Dr. Auger has helped many patients with tarsal tunnel syndrome in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Sandy, Utah. Call today to discover more about how a caring and knowledgeable foot doctor can help you recover from this painful syndrome.