Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Questions & Answers

Updated: Jun 21, 2018
  • Author: Gianni Persich, DPM; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What are the signs and symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What anatomy is relevant to tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is the pathophysiology of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What causes tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is the prevalence of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is the prognosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Which physical findings are characteristic of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What are the differential diagnoses for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the evaluation of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is the role of electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) studies in the diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Treatment

How is tarsal tunnel syndrome treated?

What is the medical treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of tarsal tunnel syndrome?

How is the patient positioned for compression release surgery to treat tarsal tunnel syndrome?

How is compression release performed for tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is included in postoperative care following compression release for tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What are the possible complications of compression release surgery for tarsal tunnel syndrome?

What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients with tarsal tunnel syndrome?