Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Home Care

Home care for tarsal tunnel syndrome includes:

  • Rest the ankle and foot: use crutches, a cane, or a walker as needed.
  • Apply a cold compress:
    • Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Avoid high-impact exercises, such as jumping or running.
  • Elevate the foot while sitting.
  • Perform gentle exercises and stretching as directed by your doctor or therapist.
  • Wear shoe inserts or splints as directed.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Acetaminophen for pain

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Pain and Inflammation

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with tarsal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have tarsal tunnel syndrome and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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