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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome in New Jersey

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS) is a foot condition caused by the compression of the tibial nerve inside the tarsal tunnel, which is located just behind your ankle. If you’ve heard of or experienced carpal tunnel syndrome in your hand, tarsal tunnel syndrome is very similar, except that it occurs in the heel, ankle and feet.

Once Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome occurs, it can cause numbness in the feet, a burning or “shocking” sensation, tingling, along with inflammation and/or swelling due to fluid retention.

Treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome typically begins with non-surgical options. Your podiatrist may start with anti-inflammatory medication, local anesthetics or steroid injections to reduce your pain. In some cases, physical therapy may be effective to help manage your condition.

If these options are not effective, additional tests may be ordered. An electromyography may be performed to measure the electrical activity of your muscles. A nerve conduction velocity study may also be performed. Based on test results, you may need surgery to correct the problem.

Preparing for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

When it comes to Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, the good news is that the condition can often be successfully treated through conservative, non-invasive methods. This might include orthopedic over the counter or prescription pain medications, shoe inserts, physiotherapy/tibial nerve mobilization exercises, braces, proper footwear, and more. In more severe instances of TTS, however, your physician may recommend surgery in order to decompress the area.

With this said, what you will need to do to prepare for your TTS treatment depends on your specific diagnosis, which your physician will cover in-depth prior to your treatment.

Because most Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome treatments are relatively mild, you can expect minimal recovery times. However, your Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons physician may prescribe the use of orthotic footwear or a brace of some sort, so it is important that you follow their instructions to the letter. As with any other medical procedure, more invasive treatments such as surgery will involve longer recovery times.

Our doctors have specialized training in all of the latest, advanced surgical and procedural techniques for all types of nerve pain, such as:

Nerve Decompression Surgery

Nerve decompression surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to relieve pressure caused by a neuroma – a pinched or entrapped nerve.

Advanced Injection Treatment for Aggravated Nerves/Neuromas (Alcohol Sclerosing injections)

Nerve “Calming” Injections for Neuromas treat the specific area of the nerve. This special mixture “calms” the nerve over time and reduces the pain and tingling that the patients usually experience with neuromas.

Because there are many potential causes of nerve pain, we invite you to make an appointment with one of our doctors to have your nerve pain properly diagnosed. Our doctors at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons are trained to distinguish between all the possibilities and determine the correct diagnosis and they will tailor a treatment program for you.