ETL Podiatry

Experienced Podiatric Care in Queens and Melville, NY

Melville Office: (631) 549-8637

801 Walt Whitman Rd. Melville, NY 11747

Briarwood Office: (718) 657-8921

84-75 Main St. Briarwood, NY 11435

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

What is tarsal tunnel syndrome?

Your tarsal tunnel is a channel that exists between part of your ankle bone and a group of ligaments that span over your foot. This tunnel carries the nerves, tendons, and arteries that enable you to move your foot. One of the main nerves inside the tarsal tunnel is the tibial nerve, which is responsible for providing feeling to the bottom of your foot. This nerve can become stressed and irritated due to excess pressure, causing the condition known as tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS).

Diseases or injuries that may produce this excess pressure include:

  • Flat feet or fallen arches
  • Swelling due to ankle injury
  • Arthritis and diabetes
  • A varicose vein or bone spur

Symptoms of TTS consist of:

  • Foot numbness
  • Tingling or burning sensation
  • A shooting pain

A diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome can be a complicated matter and it is important to consult with a medical professional, such as a podiatrist, to devise the best treatment plan. Your foot doctor will perform a complete clinical exam followed by imaging studies (X-ray, CT or MRI), and electrical testing such as EMG or nerve conduction evaluation may be commissioned to confirm the diagnosis.

Non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Steroid injections
  • NSAIDS for pain and inflammation
  • Braces, splints and orthotic inserts to take pressure off of the nerve

In severe cases, TTS may not respond to conservative measures and will require the intervention of a skilled surgeon to release the pressure on the nerve.

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle care. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

 

It’s Hammertoe Time!

Just as the name implies, a hammertoe is a deformity that causes a toe to become permanently bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. The second, third, and fourth toes are most commonly affected. This abnormality occurs when the muscles, ligaments and tendons that hold the toe in position are no longer doing their job.

A similar condition known as mallet toe causes the bend to occur in the joint closest to the nail. Not only can moving the toes be very difficult or painful, but you can also develop corns and calluses on the toes as they rub against the interior of your footwear.

The pain and pressure caused by these conditions can generally be alleviated with the proper choice of footwear and the use of pads and other shoe inserts. Depending upon how much flexibility you still have, your doctor may recommend specific toe strengthening exercises that will also stretch out your toe muscles.

If pain does not subside using these methods, a surgical procedure may be necessary. The surgeon will loosen the tendon that is causing the toe to bend, and a tiny section of bone may need to be removed to help flatten out your toe.

If you are experiencing any problems with hammertoes and the accompanying corns and calluses they may cause, it is important to have your feet evaluated and treated by an expert to receive the proper care.

The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle care. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).