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Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Neuropathy of the posterior tibial nerve and its branches
  • Posterior Tibial Nerve Neuralgia
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What causes tarsal tunnel syndrome?

There are a variety of factors that may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome. These may include repetitive stress with activities, trauma (e.g., crush injury, stretch injury, fractures, ankle dislocations or sprains), flat feet, and excess weight. Additionally, any lesion that occupies space within the tarsal tunnel region may cause pressure on the nerve and subsequent symptoms. Examples include tendonitis, hematoma, tumor, varicose veins, and lower extremity edema.[1]
Last updated: 7/15/2013

  1. Tarsal tunnel syndrome. American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Web site. February 1, 2004; Accessed 2/26/2008.