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

What Is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition causing nerve compression that affects the feet. It is similar to the more widely known carpal tunnel syndrome that affects the wrists and hands. The posterior tibial nerve is located in the tarsal tunnel which is located on the inside of the ankle bone. The many tendons nerves, veins, and arteries in this tunnel area are protected by a thick ligament and by the tissues and surrounding bone structure. When the posterior tibial nerve is irritated, it causes considerable pain and discomfort.

Tarsal tunnel nerve compression can occur in a variety of ways:

  • Systemic diseases—Inflammatory diseases like arthritis and diabetes can create swelling and pressure in the tarsal tunnel that impinges on the nerve. Be sure to get the help of your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and to ensure the most efficacious treatment.
  • Gait abnormalities—If you roll your ankles outward when you walk, a condition called overpronation, the strain on your arches can increase pressure on the tunnel and on the posterior tibial nerve. Overpronation can be easily treated with custom orthotic inserts.
  • Ganglion cyst—There are many structures that can push their way in and press on the posterior tibial nerve including bone spurs and ganglion cysts.
  • Ankle sprainTwisting your ankle creates trauma to the area and may instigate a tarsal tunnel nerve compression. Immediate treatment and intervention by your foot care professional can help avoid any lasting damage.

If you are experiencing symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. 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 (718)-657-8921.

5 Foot Care Tips When You Have Diabetes

Though it is especially important for patients with diabetes, taking good care of your feet is something we can all aspire to be better at. But due to all the potentially dangerous foot problems that can arise with inadequate treatment and prevention of cuts and infections, patients with diabetes need to be more careful than other individuals.

Here are 5 excellent tips to help you maintain happy and healthy feet:

  1. Careful daily foot inspection—Inspect your feet daily for any cuts, scrapes, bruises or blisters, since these can lead to infection and possible amputation. If you have trouble seeing the bottom of your feet, use a mirror to inspect them. Pay attention to any changes in nail color and texture since these could indicate a fungal nail infection. It’s always best to bring any abnormalities to the attention of your foot doctor for proper evaluation and treatment.
  2. Cleanliness—Clean your feet daily with mild soap and warm water. Dry carefully, especially between the toes. Moisturizing lotion should be spread on dry areas but not between your toes since that may be the location of potentially unnoticed wounds and infections that need to be kept dry. Always change your shoes or socks when they become wet or damp to keep the conditions in your shoes more foot-healthy.
  3. Elevate your feet—Try to remember to raise your feet above your heart while you are resting to improve blood flow and help promote the healing of cuts and wounds.
  4. Daily exercise—Aerobic exercise is essential to improving your circulation and helping to lower your blood sugar levels.
  5. Properly fitted footwear—Comfortable and supportive shoes with a wide toe box and room for orthotic inserts are very helpful.

If you need help with diabetic foot care, we highly recommend that you consult our board certified podiatrists. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. 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 (718)-657-8921.