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Can You Treat Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome with Compression Socks?

Can You Treat Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome with Compression Socks?

Meet Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, aka the #$%!*& brother of Plantar Fasciitis. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome mimics Plantar Fasciitis in several ways, but indeed they are two different injuries. We know you can treat Plantar Fasciitis with foot compression sleeves, but can the same be said about Tarsal Tunnel?

WHAT IS TARSAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?

According to Healthline, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful condition where the tibial nerve is damaged. This nerve is located in the tarsal tunnel, hence the name. The tarsal tunnel is a pathway inside your ankle, surrounded by bone and other tissue. The tibial nerve can get damaged from too much pounding or overuse, and actually gets compressed, similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The result is pain in your heel, ankle, and bottom of your foot.

SYMPTOMS OF TARSAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

The symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome can mirror those of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Shooting pain
  • Tightness
  • Stabbing pain

So, you know, all the fun ones that come along with Plantar Fasciitis are basically present in Tarsal Tunnel.

TARSAL TUNNEL DIAGNOSIS

Whenever you have pain or soreness that lingers, it's best to get it looked at by a doctor. The same applies here with Tarsal Tunnel. A doctor can perform a test called Tinel's Test, in which they will tap at the tibial nerve. Your reaction to this test will give the doctor some evidence upon which to make his diagnosis. MRI is also an option if the Tinel's test proves inconclusive. 

Treating Tarsal Tunnel with Compression Socks
Foot Compression Sleeves, aka Plantar Fasciitis Sleeves, can be beneficial for those with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.
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TREATING TARSAL TUNNEL WITH COMPRESSION

Much like Plantar Fasciitis, Tarsal Tunnel can also be treated by wearing compression socks or foot compression sleeves. Compression will increase blood flow to the area, which should reduce inflammation and pain. Doctors recommend the RICE treatment: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. That's probably a good place to start your treatment before you see a doctor. 

Compression socks and foot compression sleeves are incredibly helpful for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, and they can also be a big benefit if you're dealing with tarsal tunnel syndrome. Get yours now right here at Run Forever Sports!