What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a neuralgia, this one caused by repeated or sustained pressure on the posterior tibial nerve, a small branch of the sciatic nerve which enters the foot through a narrow tunnel on the inside of the ankle.
The symptoms of tarsal tunnel are described above. The onset may occur over time or be sudden. Symptoms are generally increased by physical activity, such as standing and walking and often relieved by rest.. Pain and tingling may be present at night or when resting. Most often the tibial tarsal syndrome is not a stand-alone occurrence, but is associated with:
- flat feet,
- varicose veins,
- diabetes and/or
- trauma such as an ankle sprain.
Our experience in the clinic is that our clients with the most challenging foot pain presentations are difficult to diagnose, but many have nerve related symptoms. They are often referred with a diagnosis of plantarfasciitis but evaluation reveals the true complexity. There is considerable overlap between the symptoms of all the common foot pain syndromes; and most of them are responsive to bioflex laser.
Low intensity Laser is extensively researched and recommended as a modality for drug free pain relief, resolving inflammation and accelerating the healing process. It is the go-to modality for most of our clients with foot pain. We use low intensity laser to supplement physiotherapy to improve foot mobility, balance and function. We also use massage, with a focus on calf muscle tightness and trigger points; and acupuncture, if indicated, for an additional approach to pain relief.
How our clients describe the pain of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Shooting or burning pain into the foot
- Tingling or numbness into the toes
- Pain is worse when standing
- There may be an electric shock sensation in the foot
How we treat Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome:
- Bioflex laser to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief
- Physiotherapy to improve mobility and function of foot
- Massage therapy to improve circulation and muscle tone
- Referral for medical foot clinic and/or orthotics, if required
A point to ponder: Tarsal tunnel syndrome often accompanies other foot or general medical conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis. Even when the underlying issues are complex, bioflex laser can settle inflammation and provide pain relief.
We recommend a physiotherapy assessment to identify the cause(s) of your foot pain. From this assessment, your best treatment plan can be determined.
We are happy to provide further information, or answer any questions you may have.