Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) is the compression to the back of our tibial nerve, causing symptoms along the entire path of the nerve from the affected level.
The tarsal tunnel, like its sister tunnel in the hand known as the carpal tunnel (common condition is carpal tunnel syndrome), is a very tight and narrow space inside of our ankles. The tarsal tunnel is covered with a thick ligament (image a wire cover) that protects and maintain the structures in the tunnel (one of these structures is the posterior tibial nerve).
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused by anything that produces compression on the posterior tibial nerve, including
Most of the time, tarsal tunnel syndrome symptoms are typically experienced on the inside and/or on the bottom of our foot. However, in some patients, symptoms can be isolated and even can happen on one specific spot.
In some patients, this pain may travel to other locations such as the toes, heel and even the arch.
Some of the common tarsal tunnel syndrome symptoms include:
In some patients, the symptoms can just suddenly happen without warning. For some others, the symptoms is triggered by specific actions or activities such as overuse of the foot, such as in standing, walking, jogging, running, exercising etc.
Our senior specialist physiotherapists will first conduct an indepth assessment to examine and understand your foot to diagnose your foot condition.
There are a variety of treatments that the physiotherapist will prescribe upon determining the causes and core problem, and use these treatments in combination to treat your foot.