Navigating Neuropathy and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: A Comprehensive Approaches by Dr. Kaveh Panahi

Apr 09, 2024
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Neuropathy, a condition characterized by pain, numbness, and other nerve-related symptoms, affects millions of people worldwide. Its causes are diverse, ranging from diabetes and vitamin deficiencies to infections and more.

What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the posterior tibial nerve, which runs along the inside of the ankle into the foot, is compressed or squeezed. This condition can lead to an array of symptoms, including tingling, burning sensations, and numbness in the foot. The causes of TTS can vary widely, from structural abnormalities and injuries to systemic diseases that induce nerve compression.

The Role of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome in Neuropathy

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is both a type and a cause of neuropathy. The compression of the nerve not only leads to local symptoms within the foot and ankle but can also exacerbate or contribute to the broader spectrum of neuropathic symptoms. It's crucial for neuropathy sufferers to understand this connection, as addressing TTS can often alleviate some of the broader neuropathic symptoms, improving quality of life significantly.

How We Diagnose TTS

At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, our approach to diagnosing TTS is thorough and patient-focused. We start with a detailed medical history and physical examination, followed by advanced diagnostic tests if necessary. These may include diagnostic injections, nerve conduction studies, electromyography, or imaging tests like MRI and ultrasound, to confirm the diagnosis and pinpoint the exact location and cause of the nerve compression.

Innovative Treatments for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Our office is at the forefront of treating TTS, offering a range of both conservative and surgical treatments tailored to each patient's specific needs. Our treatment plans typically begin with non-invasive options, such as:

  • Custom Orthotics: Designed to correct foot abnormalities that may be compressing the nerve.
  • Physical Therapy: Aimed at strengthening and stretching the muscles around the tarsal tunnel, relieving pressure on the nerve.
  • Medications: Including anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Compression Therapy: Aimed to reduce pressure and swelling that is caused by adjacent veins. 

When conservative treatments are not enough, we offer the latest in surgical techniques, designed to relieve the pressure on the posterior tibial nerve and address any underlying issues that may be contributing to the condition. Our surgical options are performed with precision and care, focusing on minimizing recovery time and maximizing functional outcomes.

Why Choose Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons?

At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, led by myself, Dr. Kaveh Panahi, we combine clinical expertise with a compassionate, patient-centered approach. Our commitment to utilizing the latest research and techniques ensures that our patients receive the most effective treatments available. We understand the impact that foot and ankle conditions can have on your quality of life, and we're here to help you step comfortably and confidently into a healthier future.

If you're struggling with neuropathic pain or symptoms, remember that effective and innovative treatments are within reach. Dr. Kaveh Panahi and the team at Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons are ready to help you take that first step towards healthy, comfortable feet. Contact us today for your evaluation at 623-439-2200 or book an appointment online. We are here to help.