How Do You Get Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is usually experienced by active adults and normally doesn’t present in young children. Nerves are quite responsive to change. When a nerve like the Posterior Tibial is squeezed or flattened in some way, it is unable to transfer information from the foot to the brain in the way it is used to. Simply put, neurological impulses are cut off. This leads to pain, tingling, and a burning feeling. So, what might be causing the compression? Many times, it is caused by a neighboring muscle that increases in size or scar tissue.

Individuals with flat feet often develop Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome because their flattened arch causes strain on muscles and nerves around the ankle, leading to the offending compression on the Tibial Nerve.

Another cause quite common amongst active adults is past ankle trauma. When an ankle fracture heals, fibrous tissue forms–this is known as scar tissue. If an excess amount of scar tissue forms, it can actually limit movement within the tarsal tunnel and cause Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.

Finally, some patients develop overgrown and injured veins that wrap around the Posterior Tibial Nerve. These veins begin to swell up right after exercise or any physical activity, strangling the nerve. This is why many of our patients with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome report feeling symptoms the worst right after they exercise.

Are you experiencing tingling, burning, numbness or pain on the inside of your ankle or the bottom of the foot? If so, we encourage you to make an appointment. It is very important to seek early treatment. Proper evaluation is essential so that a correct diagnosis can be made, and appropriate treatment initiated. The doctors at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle can help you get back on your feet!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.