Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00

Surgeon Decompresses Nerves to Reduce Tarsal Tunnel Pain

plantar-fasciitis6Dr. Tim Tollestrup of Henderson, NV is said to have “tunnel vision.” This is because he spends so much of his time correcting the pain of tarsal tunnel syndrome with a peripheral nerve decompression surgery. Tollestrup spends much of his time trying to fix the ailments of his patience so they can live a medication and pain free life and is part of a small group of surgeons capable of eliminating pain from the syndrome. The surgery allows the surgeon to correct a compressed nerve by stripping it of the surrounding tissue that is causing the pinching or compression. The surgery is very specific and takes a lot of education and understanding of how the body works. “You have to know the nerve anatomy very well and know where the compression points are,” Tollestrup stated.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

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