Every day, our feet and ankles bear the brunt of pressure that comes from supporting our full body weight. The incredible demand we put on them is often more than they can endure.
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: The tarsal tunnel is a space where leg nerve (tibial nerve) travels down to the ankle. Many other structures are found here, as well, including tendons, veins, and arteries, leaving little room for expansion.
The tarsal tunnel is a space where leg nerve (tibial nerve) travels down to the ankle. … Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tunnel swells, compressing the tibial nerve and causing foot pain and ankle pain, burning, and tingling occur along the inside of the ankle, heel, arch, and sole of the foot.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tunnel swells, compressing the tibial nerve and causing foot pain and ankle pain, burning, and tingling occur along the inside of the ankle, heel, arch, and sole of the foot. Symptoms tend to increase as the day progresses and are usually worsened with increased activity, such as walking or exercise. Prolonged standing in one place may also be an aggravating factor.
- Ankle Sprains: An ankle sprain tears the outer supportive ligaments of the ankle and can range from minor to so severe that the ligaments are torn completely, resulting in the ankle feeling loose. If a person frequently sprains an ankle, the ankle ligaments may be weakened to the point that a chronic instability results in frequent ankle sprains.
This in turn can lead to other ankle problems, including bruised cartilage between the heel and the shin or bone spurs around the ankle. Eventually, these problems can lead to arthritis.
- Fractures:The ankle is made up of three bones, and the foot comprises 26 bones. Fractures can occur in any of these bones and are usually due to trauma such as a fall, blow, or severe twist. Symptoms can include:
- Immediate and severe pain
- Bruising and tenderness
- Decreased range of motion
- Difficulty walking or putting weight on the injured foot/ankle
- Lump or visible deformity
Because a severe sprain can often mask the symptoms of a fracture, every injury to the foot and ankle should be examined by a physician.