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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Overview

What is tarsal tunnel syndrome?
A person with tarsal tunnel syndrome has pain and numbness in the foot, caused by structures that exert pressure on the posterior tibial nerve where it passes through the tarsal tunnel. The tarsal tunnel is a narrow passageway between the bones on the inside of the ankle. Causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome include ankle injury, foot injury, foot swelling, and overuse of the ankle.

What are the symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome?
Symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome may include foot pain, ankle pain, foot weakness or foot numbness. The pain may be worse after exercise or during the night.

How does the doctor treat tarsal tunnel syndrome?
Treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome may include rest, an ankle splint, shoe inserts, corticosteroid medication injections, or surgery.

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Last Updated: Sep 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome References
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