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Individuals who overexert themselves while exercising, repeat certain harmful motions with their feet, or have poor arch support may develop a condition known as Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. According to physical therapist Steve Miller, the most common indicator of Tarsal Tunnel is a shooting, burning pain in and around the ankles and the bottoms of the feet.

Tarsal Tunnel is sometimes hard to identify at first because its symptoms are similar to so many other foot disorders. Once diagnosed, soft tissue massages and nerve glides can help ease the discomfort associated with this condition by reducing the pressure being placed on the nerves in the foot.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is often difficult to deal with without professional help. If you are experiencing the symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel, talk to podiatrist Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will use all the resources at his disposal to help you make a full recovery.

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.

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If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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nerve disordersDwyane Wade Miami Heat guard was sidelined recently due to a nerve irritation in his left foot. According to Wade the he initiated a warm-up when his foot gave him difficulties and then proceeded to the locker room. The trainers later officially diagnosed him with “foot drop,” which is a weakness or paralysis of the muscles that hoist the foot, according to USA Today.

"I started feeling a little something in my foot, getting a little numbness," Wade said. "But you don't think nothing of it. As time went on it started going up my leg a little bit, so the nerve going up my leg kind of shut down. Weirdest thing I've ever (felt). When I was out there and moved around and warmed up, I felt I couldn't feel my foot. So I didn't want to do anything."

Sensitivity or numbness in the foot or ankles is often caused by nerve damage. If you are suffering from ankle or foot pain, it is important that you seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein of East Bay. Dr. Steincan examine your feet and determine the best treatment option.   

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two common nerve disorders of the foot and ankle; Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. The areas affected by these disorders include the hands, in addition to the feet, and both are typically caused by stress or genetics. Those sufferers of the disorders usually deal with serious pain and inflammation around the area.

Local inflammation in the nerves at the front of the foot is the typical cause of the serious pain mentioned earlier. Symptoms include the obvious; pain, but also include burning, and/or tingling sensations in the toes.

Doctors follow several steps when determining if a patient has either of the two disorders; Neuroma’s require radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery, in this case, is a last resort option and only when the patient reports chronic and consistent pain.

For more information, contact our office in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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