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What is tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is not a particularly common foot issue, but patients who have it can experience pain, burning, and tingling sensations. In some cases, the syndrome can cause numbness. The problem arises in an anatomical feature found in the inside of the ankle known as the tarsal tunnel. This is a narrow space outside the ankle, covered with a ligament, where nerves, tendons, and blood vessels pass through from legs to feet.

When there is compression on the posterior nerve (found in the tarsal tunnel), it can produce the symptoms mentioned. This compression can happen as the result of injury, cysts, bone spurs, swollen tendons, or varicose veins. Individuals with flat feet tend to be at greater risk.

If you experience heel pain or burning or tingling symptoms in the ankle area, it is possible that you have developed this condition. Whether that is the case—or another issue is responsible for the pain—you can find the treatment you need at Richardson Podiatry Associates. Put your foot or ankle pain behind you by contacting us today. Call us at (972) 690-5374 or schedule your appointment at our Richardson, TX office online.