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Can tarsal tunnel syndrome heal on its own?

Asked 3 years ago

Long story short, a bad sprain that happened during a high jump caused me to put excess pressure onto my left foot for a long while. I didn't think that this would cause any problems. Until I started experiencing mild numbness on the soles and toes of both feet. Eventually, it progressed into pain while merely walking normally, even after the sprain had healed. Now, I'm avoiding everything that puts any extra physical strain on my feet. anything that creates a slightly harder impact than a step forward causes sharp, shooting pains and pins and needles. It turns out I have tarsal tunnel syndrome. I don't want to get cortisone shots as needles freak me out. I'm hoping this could heal on its own, maybe with the aid of orthotics.

Young Rivas

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The first line of action is NSAIDs (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Apart from that, rest, icing, elevation and compression would help. Also, modalities like Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve stimulation(TENS), mobilizing the tibial nerve, and exercises in physiotherapy would produce excellent results. Orthotics to reduce pressure on the foot and prevent pronation would serve the purpose.

Babafemi Adebajo

Babafemi Adebajo

Monday, September 05, 2022

Tarsal tunnel syndrome will not heal on its own. Without treatment, it can lead to permanent nerve damage. Apart from cortisone injections, there are other treatment options like using NSAIDs, bracing and splinting. Custom orthotics are also helpful as they reduce strain on the foot and control movement that can cause further nerve compression.

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