The tarsal tunnel is the narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression or squeezing of the nerve along its path from the inside of the ankle into the foot. Symptoms are often brought on by overuse of the foot such as prolonged standing, walking, or starting a new exercise program. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome which occurs in the wrist. Both disorders arise from the compression of the nerve in a confined space.
Symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome include:
tingling, numbness or burning sensation felt on the inside of the ankle and into the foot,
pain or shooting pain.
What to expect from therapy
The physical therapist may offer recommendations for proper footwear and arch support. Therapy treatment may include ultrasound, manual therapy to decrease pain symptoms. An exercise program will be developed to increase flexibility and strength in the ankle and foot.