Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the tibial nerve is compressed as it passes through the tarsal tunnel. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the foot and ankle.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be caused by various conditions, including inflammation or swelling of the ankle joint or surrounding tendons, an injury to the foot or ankle, a bone spur, or a cyst. Obesity, diabetes, and pregnancy can also contribute to tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome may include rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to release the pressure on the nerve. Stretching can also help treat tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Why Stretching Matters
Stretching the muscles and tendons around the tarsal tunnel can help relieve the pressure on the nerve and improve symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Stretching the calf muscles, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia can help ease tarsal tunnel syndrome.
The best way to stretch the muscles and tendons around the tarsal tunnel is to do it gradually and gently. You should feel a gentle stretch, but not pain. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
If you have tarsal tunnel syndrome, you may also benefit from wearing a splint at night to keep your foot in a stretched position. This can help to relieve pressure on the nerve and ease symptoms.