Writing on the Johns Hopkins website, Dr. Alan Belzberg describes Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome as, “One of the nerves in the tarsal tunnel is the tibial nerve, which provides sensation to the bottom of the foot. When this nerve is compressed, the resulting condition is called tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS). Tarsal tunnel syndrome has also been called posterior tibial neuralgia.
Some of the presenting symptoms can appear similar to plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. The symptoms might include:
- Shooting pain in the toes, ball of the foot or along the sole. In some cases discomfort reaches the calf.
- Tingling or burning sensations in the toes, ball of the foot or along the sole. In some cases discomfort reaches the calf.
- Numbness in the toes, ball of the foot or along the sole. In some cases discomfort reaches the calf.
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Steroid Injections
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Surgery, typically for a Tarsal Tunnel Release
- Laser therapy!
How laser therapy can help
Improved Nerve Function: Laser light increases nerve cell function and regeneration.
Anti-Inflammation: Laser therapy has an anti-edema effect, causing vasodilatation and activation of the lymphatic drainage system.
Anti-Pain (Analgesic): Laser therapy blocks pain signals transmitted to the brain, decreasing nerve sensitivity and inflammation.
Utilizing a laser can reduce or eliminate medications and injections. Fewer patients will need surgery, and its attendant risks.