Numbness and tingling of the feet is a common complaint, the source may vary based on many factors. Sometimes it can be something as simple as incorrect footwear, other times it may be due to diabetes. However, if the pain is of a more “shooting” or “electrical” variety it can be a mixture of complicated factors, such as faulty biomechanics. The painful numbness and tingling someone is feeling can be tarsal tunnel.
Although carpal tunnel is better known, it is very similar to tarsal tunnel. Like carpal tunnel, it is an impingement of a nerve but it affects the feet instead of the hands. It usually only affects one foot and the shooting pain usually starts from the inside of the ankle to the big toe. It is usually diagnosed by clinical suspicion by a podiatrist and is usually confirmed with an EMG test performed by a neurologist. Tarsal tunnel is usually treated with oral and/or topical medications, customized orthotics in your shoes may also be helpful. However in more severe cases, surgery may be indicated.
A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of tarsal tunnel syndrome it is always good to get it detected and dealt with before it affects your quality of life. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.