An entrapped nerve may sometimes also be referred to as a “pinched nerve” or “compressed nerve.”

Nerve entrapment occurs when a peripheral nerve becomes pressed or “trapped” against surrounding tissues, losing much or all of its ability to move or flex. 

One area in which entrapment can occur is the tarsal tunnel, a small passage between bone and ligament along the inside of the ankle. The posterior tibial nerve runs through this area but can become trapped by inflammation of the nerve or surrounding tissues, among other reasons.

Symptoms of a trapped or pinched nerve can include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling or “pins and needles” sensations
  • A burning sensation
  • A “shocking” sensation
  • Muscle weakness

Not all symptoms have to be present in every case.

When an entrapped nerve is suspected, we may perform some nerve testing to verify the diagnosis. We will then recommend a course of treatment depending on the severity of the condition, its location, and other factors. 

Many cases of nerve entrapment can be treated without surgery, through the use of rest, physical therapy, cortisone injections, orthotic devices, and other means. Cases that are more severe or do not respond to conservative treatments, however, may require the nerve to be released from its trapped state via surgery.

If you are experiencing potential nerve pain of any sort in your feet, ankles, or lower legs, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute by calling or filling out our online contact form. The sooner we can determine the root of the condition, the sooner you can begin to find the relief you deserve.

Dr. Peyman A. Elison
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