Could You Have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Shooting pain in your heel, a burning sensation or numbness on the bottom of your foot, pain in the ankle or other foot joints—these are all possible symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. They can also be symptoms of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, two common ailments that can be mistaken for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic we are specialists in diagnosing and treating Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.

Explaining Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
In simplest terms, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a compression of a nerve in the tarsal tunnel, which runs along the inside of your foot from the inside ankle bone stretching down your foot. In a way similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the nerve inside the tunnel gets compressed, causing the various symptoms described above. Causes of this nerve compression can be quite varied and include:

  • Issues with the structure of the foot, such as flat feet
  • Swelling or abnormalities in the foot: varicose veins, benign tumors, tendonitis
  • Diseases like arthritis, diabetes, hyperthyroidism
  • Disorders affecting the back, such as spinal stenosis, bulging discs, or lower lumbar problems

Regardless of the cause, your key concern is probably getting relief of the symptoms. Common non-surgical treatments for tarsal tunnel syndrome are the prescription of nerve medications, steroid shots into the affected area, and electrical nerve stimulation therapy. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. A. Bil Buksh, is an expert in the Oklahoma City area in tarsal tunnel release surgeries. He has performed over 500 of these procedures with a success rate of over 90%. Tarsal tunnel release is an outpatient procedure and most patients are able to walk bearing full weight on their ankle within the first week after surgery. If you would like more information about this procedure or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Buksh, please contact either our Norman or Edmond offices.