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An Intro to Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

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Tarsal tunnelDid you know that Rudolph the Red-Nosed-Reindeer was actually created as a promotion for Montgomery Ward department stores? How about the fact that there was a real St. Nicholas and he was born in Turkey? One more…did you know that the day after Thanksgiving (aka, Black Friday) is not actually the busiest holiday shopping day? That distinction is actually belongs to either the Friday or Saturday, depending on the year, before Christmas.

There are many interesting holiday trivia tidbits that most people are unaware of, and the same is true when it comes to podiatry. Sure, some conditions are well-known, like ankle sprains or ingrown toenails, but ones like tarsal tunnel syndrome are less known by the general public. Given that this issue can lead to heel pain, burning or tingling sensations, and numbness, it is one worth knowing!

When we look at this condition, the best place is to start is where it occurs – the tarsal tunnel. This “tunnel” is a narrow space found along the inside of the ankle, right next to the bones that make up the joint. It is covered by a thick ligament and contains an assortment of tendons, veins, arteries, and nerves, including the posterior tibial nerve.

The condition develops when there is compression on that particular nerve, which then leads to the symptoms of pain, tingling, and numbness. Some of the possible sources of compression include ganglion cysts, varicose veins, arthritic bone spurs, and swollen tendons. The problem can also occur with any injury or systemic disease that causes swelling.

Learn more about this issue, and other issues with your heels, when you sign up for your free copy of Heel Pain Stops Here: A Guide to Understanding its Causes and Treatments. Just take a moment to fill out the online form found here and we will send you a copy of our book at no cost or obligation to you.

When tarsal tunnel syndrome is the source of your ankle pain, Richardson Podiatry Associates is ready to help. We will evaluate your condition and provide a proper diagnosis before creating your treatment plan, but the first step is to contact our Richardson, TX podiatry office. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or schedule your appointment with us online today.

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