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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Advice

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Posted 10 months ago


Last updated: 03/12/2022


by James McCormack

How long does Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome last?

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome can last as little as two weeks if it is caused by a change in movement patterns if a Physical Therapist addresses these. However, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is often the result of a bone spur, ganglion cyst or systemic condition. If it is not possible to resolve these or manage them, then symptoms can last for 6-9 months or longer.Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Diagram

What can be mistaken for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome’s location of the pain is on the inside of the ankle. Other conditions such as Posterior Tibial Tendonitis, Chronic Deltoid Ligament Sprain, Posterior Tibial Tendon tears and Medial Malleolus stress fractures can be mistaken for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.

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Where does Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome hurt?

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome hurts on the inner side of the ankle joint. If you feel the prominent bone on the inner aspect of your ankle, slide down below this point where you will feel a hallow. This is your tarsal tunnel, and it is here that you will feel the pain of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.

Can Plantar Fasciitis Cause Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Plantar Fasciitis causes pain on the underside of the foot, usually beside the heel bone on the inner aspect. When people have Plantar Fasciitis, they often alter their walking patterns to reduce their pain levels. As a result of this change in gait, it can lead to an overload of the Tarsal Tunnel and cause Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.

Do compression socks help Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

If your Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, where swelling plays a significant role in the cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, then compression socks can help Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. They help to control and reduce the amount of swelling in the ankle, this is important, and the swelling compresses the nerve, causing Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome pain.

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Can you run with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

No, you should not run with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. The impact nature of running is likely to aggravate the Posterior Tibial Nerve and worsen the symptoms. If you have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, consider cycling to maintain fitness or run in a swimming pool as this is non-weight bearing.

Can you walk with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Yes, you can walk with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome but think about short and frequent walks of 15-20 minutes. We recommend a short duration as long periods of standing or walking can irritate the symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Consider wearing a cushioned stable shoe and avoid walking on uneven or undulating surfaces where possible.

Can I exercise with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

You can do upper body workouts when you have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome; consider using machine weights, so you don’t place excess pressure through the ankle joint. For cardiovascular exercise, we recommend that your bicycle at a steady pace or swim as neither is likely to aggravate the symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.

Can you cycle with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Yes, you can cycle with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome as it is a non-impact activity. However, it would be best if you were cautious not to place excess force through the ankle joint, so we recommend a high cadence with low resistance and staying in the saddle. A static bike with cleats is the preferred method of cycling with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome as it holds the foot in a fixed position.

If you have pain during or after cycling, you should consult your Physical Therapist.

Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

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