A nerve in your foot can get pinched, just like a carpal tunnel. The area is on the inside of the ankle, and it’s called Tarsal Tunnel.
Pain can occur right in that spot. Pain can also occur in your heel, arch, and the balls of your feet.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause pain anywhere on the bottom of the foot. The sensations of nerve pain are often sharpness, burning, and tingling. Some people even notice an aching sensation in their arch from tarsal tunnel syndrome.
There are several possible causes of a pinched nerve in your foot and ankle.
The wrong shoes and even tight socks could be the culprit. Other than making sure your shoes aren’t pressing too tightly against the inside of your ankles and wearing socks that don’t feel tight, it is not much you can do at home for this condition.
Since nerves don’t show up on an x-ray, another diagnostic test is needed to make the definitive diagnosis. If we suspect this condition, we will try the most simple methods to alleviate the pain.
Pain inside your ankle, heel, or arch might be from a pinched nerve. The longer a nerve is pinched, the lower the probability that a non-surgical solution will work.
We specialize in diagnosing and treating tarsal tunnel syndrome. We welcome the opportunity to serve you again should the need arise.
To Healthy Feet,
Dr. Marco Vargas DPM, FACFAS