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When is Tarsal Tunnel Release Necessary?

Tarsal tunnel release may be recommended in several situations, including:

  • Persistent Pain: Chronic pain and discomfort in the foot or ankle that does not respond to conservative treatments such as medications, orthotics, or physical therapy.
  • Nerve Compression: Confirmed compression of the tibial nerve causing significant symptoms such as tingling, numbness, or burning sensations in the foot.
  • Impaired Mobility: Difficulty walking or performing daily activities due to tarsal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
  • Failure of Non-surgical Treatments: When non-surgical treatments do not provide sufficient relief or improvement.
  • Progressive Symptoms: Worsening of symptoms over time, indicating ongoing nerve damage.

The Surgical Procedure

During a tarsal tunnel release, anesthesia is administered to ensure the patient’s comfort and pain-free experience. A small incision is made near the ankle, providing access to the tarsal tunnel. The surgeon then carefully releases the ligament that forms the roof of the tunnel, creating more space and relieving pressure on the tibial nerve. This procedure may also address any other structures causing compression, such as scar tissue or abnormal growths, if necessary.

Once the necessary adjustments are made, the incision is closed with sutures or staples, and a protective bandage is applied. The entire procedure typically takes about one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the condition and the specific techniques used.

Post-surgical Care and Recovery

Recovery from tarsal tunnel release involves a combination of rest, physical therapy, and follow-up care. Pain and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to manage discomfort immediately after surgery. A physical therapy program begins shortly after surgery to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the foot and ankle.

After the procedure, we want you to feel confident in your recovery. That’s why we advise patients to avoid high-impact activities and wear supportive footwear to facilitate healing. Using assistive devices like crutches or a walking boot may be necessary during the initial recovery period. Regular, thorough follow-up appointments with your surgeon are essential to monitor healing and ensure the nerve is recovering properly, providing you with the security of knowing you’re in good hands.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, we understand that each patient is unique and their needs are different. That’s why we prioritize personalized care for tarsal tunnel release. Our minimally invasive techniques aim to minimize pain, reduce incision size, and speed up recovery. With our state-of-the-art technology and advanced methods, we strive to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients, from pre-surgery preparation to post-surgery rehabilitation.

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If you are experiencing symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome or have been diagnosed with a condition that may require tarsal tunnel release, contact Excel Health for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring you receive the highest quality care to regain comfort and improve your quality of life.

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