One of the main reasons why people seek treatment at Houston Foot & Ankle Clinic is for heel pain, which can be caused by conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Patients are often misdiagnosed with these conditions that are caused by tissue pain, when in reality they are suffering from tarsal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Gabriel Maislos is extremely skilled at diagnosing tarsal tunnel syndrome and has performed many Tarsal Tunnel Release surgeries.
What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?
The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that runs along the side of the ankle bone and contains the posterior tibial nerve. When this nerve becomes compressed from inflammation, it can result in tingling, burning, shooting pain, and numbness anywhere along the path of the nerve from the inner ankle into the foot.
Although the exact cause of tarsal tunnel syndrome is not known, people with flat feet, varicose veins, bone spurs, diabetes, arthritis, tumors, or ankle injuries can be susceptible to this condition.
Diagnosis and Treatment
An experienced, board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Maislos may be able to diagnose the condition through an exam in which the bottom of the sole is manually stimulated along the nerve. In addition, he may perform a nerve conduction velocity test where the speed of nerve impulses traveling through the foot is measured.
Treatment may include conservative measures such as resting, icing, anti-inflammatory medications, orthotics, braces, and physical therapy, as well as injection therapies and tarsal tunnel release surgery for patients who do not respond to initial treatment. Those who undergo surgery will need physical therapy to regain normal activity.
If you are not responding to current heel pain treatment, or suspect tarsal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Maislos is your best chance of relieving your pain and discomfort! With his expertise in nerve problems and state-of-the-art facility at Houston Foot & Ankle Care, he can address all of your concerns and work with you to achieve healthy feet! If you have questions, please call our Houston office at (713) 541-3199, explore our education library, and schedule your appointment!