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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition caused by the impingement of the posterior tibial nerve. It causes burning pain in the foot along with pins and needles and pain radiating in the arch of the foot. At times it can mistakenly be taken and represent like plantar fasciitis. Neural symptoms should help distinguish between the two conditions. It can be caused due to osteoarthritis, diabetes, overpronation of the foot, presence of a cyst/ganglion, as well as a bony coalition. Consrvative treatment includes rest, ice therapy, oral anti-inflammatories, as well as physical therapy. X-Rays, MRI, and nerve conduction studies are sometimes needed. Should conservative measures fail, a surgery to decompress the entrapped nerve or for the removal of the cyst/bony spur becomes necessary.

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