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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome an Occupational Hazard

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00

Injuries at work are unfortunate events that take place from time to time as a function of working conditions, occupation, and accidents.  Causes of severe, acute injuries are usually relatively easy to identify.  For example, if someone who uses knives during the course of the work day gets cut, it wouldn’t be too difficult to establish causality.  However, for more chronic conditions, like tarsal tunnel syndrome, this may prove to be more difficult.  Tarsal tunnel syndrome results when the tibial nerve in the tarsal tunnel is compressed.  The symptoms may present themselves as a burning pain in the sole or tingling and numbness at the base of the foot.  Repetitive motion of the ankle and the foot may lead to this.  As certain occupations require these types of motions, employees may have a greater risk of getting tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
- Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
- At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
- The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
- If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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