The tibial nerve runs through a narrow passageway in the ankle, called the tarsal tunnel. When the tibial nerve is damaged or compressed, a painful ankle condition referred to as tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is often an overuse injury caused by repetitive exercise or a history of ankle sprains or fractures. If you are experiencing pain, muscle weakness, or a tingling sensation in your foot, request an appointment at Premier Bone and Joint Centers. One of the board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists at our satellite clinic in Torrington, Wyoming, can determine if the nature of your injury is tarsal tunnel syndrome and create a treatment plan that will have you on the road to recovery in no time.
Treating Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Treating tarsal tunnel syndrome will depend on the severity of the injury. Mild-to-moderate symptoms can often be remedied with the following home treatments:
- Rest to avoid aggravating the injury
- Ice to alleviate swelling
- Compression and elevation to drain excess fluid away from the injured ankle
- Over-the-counter medication such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain
Additionally, a foot and ankle doctor at Premier Bone and Joint Centers may recommend wearing a splint or cast to reduce pressure on your foot.
For cases of tarsal tunnel syndrome that do not respond to conservative treatment methods, steroid injections may be necessary to widen the tarsal tunnel and relieve pressure on your tibial nerve.
Schedule Your Visit Today
If you are experiencing pain or swelling in your ankle, it may be due to tarsal tunnel syndrome. Contact Premier Bone and Joint Centers today to schedule a visit to our satellite clinic in Torrington, WY. One of our foot and ankle specialists can provide an accurate diagnosis and explain your treatment options.