Any runners had a bout of Tarsal Tunnel syndrome?
Question:Carpal tunnel syndrome is a weakening of the wrist from repetitive motion; I have the same thing in the heel of my foot (from hauling old concrete around for a few weeks last summer). Lots of healing has occured, but 8 months after the injury the bottom of my heel is still numb. Anyone had a similar experience?
It is not Plantar Fasciitis; been there, done that (twice).
Sometimes an MRI is ordered, usually if a mass is suspected or in cases where initial treatment does not reduce the symptoms. In addition, special studies used to evaluate nerve problems—electromyography and nerve conduction velocity
(EMG/NCV)—may be ordered if the condition shows no improvement with non-surgical treatment.
A variety of treatment options, often used in combination, are available to treat tarsal tunnel syndrome.
* Rest. Staying off the foot prevents further injury andencourages healing.
* Ice. To reduce swelling in the tarsal tunnel, apply a bag of ice over a thin towel to the affected area for 20 minutes of each waking hour. Do not put ice directly against the skin.
* Oral medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, help reduce the pain and inflammation.
* Immobilization. Restricting movement of the foot by wearing a cast is sometimes necessary to enable the nerve and surrounding tissue to heal.
* Physical therapy. Ultrasound therapy, exercises, and other forms of physical therapy may be prescribed to reduce symptoms.
* Injection therapy. Injections of a local anesthetic provide pain relief, and an injected corticosteroid may be useful in treating the inflammation.
* Orthotic devices. Custom shoe inserts may be prescribed to help maintain the arch and limit excessive motion that can cause compression on the nerve.
* Shoes. Supportive shoes, as recommended by your foot and ankle surgeon, may prove helpful.
* Bracing. Patients with flatfoot or those with severe symptoms and nerve damage may be fitted with a brace to reduce the amount of pressure on the foot.
* Surgery. Sometimes surgery is the best option for treating tarsal tunnel syndrome. The foot and ankle surgeon will determine if surgery is necessary and will select the appropriate procedure or procedures based on the cause of the condition.
*Sorry, I can't help myself.
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