I wrote this book because too
many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 22, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

When it comes to nerve issues in your feet it can be difficult to determine the cause and source of the problem. That’s partly because the symptoms can range from mild numbness or a burning sensation to sharp, stabbing pain. Also, the symptoms may be confined to one particular spot or affect several different areas of the foot. This is particularly true of a condition we see at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM called tarsal tunnel syndrome.

What is it?

The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space on the inside of your ankle that is covered with a thick which forms a “tunnel” that houses veins, arteries, nerves and tendons. Among these is the posterior tibial nerve which branches out to carry messages to and from several other nerves in the foot. When the tarsal tunnel gets irritated, or structures inside the tunnel become abnormally enlarged, the posterior tibial nerve can get squeezed or compressed and cause nerve symptoms in one or more places in the foot.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you are bothered by pain, numbness or other discomfort in your foot that is not related to an injury, make an appointment to see our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. The foot doctor will examine your foot and may order advance imaging tests to look for masses or growths that may be compressing the tarsal tunnel. Testing your foot’s ability to perceive sensation will also most likely be part of the exam, along with a complete medical history. Once a diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome is confirmed, the foot doctor will prescribe the best treatment for you which may include:

  • Icing the painful areas of the foot and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Immobilization of the foot
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotic devices
  • Custom shoes

In some cases, surgery may be required.

If you have concerns about unexplained pains and sensations in the ankle, ball or arch of your foot, contact our Washington office at (724) 225- 7410.