MD Podiatric Discusses Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

According to Dan Michaels, DPM, “Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can cause pain with every step you take. Tarsal tunnel, similar to carpal tunnel in the wrist, is a compressed or pinched nerve that occurs at the inside of the ankle. Symptoms can occur at the ankle, the heel, and even the bottom of the foot.”  
“Treatment of tarsal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of the patient’s syndrome. Often, providers will order a test called an electromyography (EMG) and/or a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) to help confirm the diagnosis and determine the level of severity. Providers may also order x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to help rule out other diagnoses. Non-surgical treatment may consist of oral anti-inflammatories or steroids, topical anti-inflammatory cream, physical therapy, bracing, and injections,” says Dr. Michaels.