There are an assortment of unique tunnels in our great state of Texas, including the Toll Tunnel that runs under the Addison Airport. This particular tunnel has a total roadway length of approximately 3,700 feet and is a prime example of these engineering marvels. Others you may know include the Washburn tunnel near Houston, UT’s steam tunnel system, and the Old Tunnel near Fredericksburg.
Unless you are quite familiar with podiatric practices and/or the human anatomy, you might not be aware that the human body actually has its own “tunnel” found down in the ankle. The tarsal tunnel houses various nerves, tendons, arteries, and veins and is covered by the flexor retinaculum, which is a thick ligament. Sometimes, in a condition known as tarsal tunnel syndrome, compression within the tarsal tunnel can lead to pain in your ankle, tingling, burning sensations, and even numbness.
If you are experiencing pain that radiates along the inside sole of your foot, potentially even extending up into the associated calf muscle, then it is possible you have developed this condition. Should this be the case, we can provide treatment to alleviate your symptoms.
The best nonsurgical treatment options include:
- Arch supports or orthotic devices – We may include them in our recommended treatment plan because they can provide relief from discomfort and painful symptoms brought on by the condition.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – Medication that relieves inflammation is particularly effective when the source of the problem is an inflamed nerve that causes compression.
- Steroid injections – In some cases, we elect to use certain steroidal injections to address the inflammation that is causing pain.
Although conservative methods are beneficial for most cases, there are instances when a surgical procedure is your best or only hope for relief. In such a case, we may use tarsal tunnel release or surgical decompression.
For more information on tarsal tunnel syndrome, or to receive treatment that can help with painful symptoms, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates. Our professionals are ready to assist with any foot condition that is causing pain or taking away your ability to perform favorite activities, so call our Richardson, TX podiatry office at (972) 690-5374 to speak to one of our staff members. If you’d prefer, simply request your appointment online today.