Tarsal tunnel syndrome can lead to severe and debilitating pain in the ankle and foot that leads to mobility issues. This pain occurs in the ankle and into the foot. While this syndrome is treatable, it can be uncomfortable for patients until it is addressed properly. At Aligned Modern Health, we believe that chiropractic care is an effective and noninvasive treatment option for tarsal tunnel syndrome as well as a variety of other medical conditions and illnesses. Our professional team of experienced chiropractic physicians creates custom treatment plans for our patients that aim to reduce or eliminate their symptoms as a whole. We also hope to resolve any underlying issues that may contribute to your overall health.

What is Tarsal Tunnel?

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is the squeezing of the posterior tibial nerve that travels down the nerve from the inside of the ankle into the foot. Similar to carpal tunnels syndrome that occurs in the wrist, both involve compression of a nerve. The tarsal tunnel is a narrow place that is inside of the ankle next to the ankle bone itself. This tunnel is covered with a ligament that aims to protect the structure within the tunnel including tendons, arteries, veins and nerves. One of these things includes the posterior tibial nerve.


Some common causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Flat feet as this creates an outward tilt of the heel that leads to compression of nerves
  • An injury that leads to inflammation and/or swelling in or near the tunnel
  • An enlarged structure that occupies space within this tunnel that can lead to compression such as a bone spur, varicose vein, cyst or swollen tendon.
  • Diseases such as arthritis or diabetes that can cause swelling, which compresses the nerve.


Some symptoms that those with tarsal tunnel syndrome experience include: numbness, pain, tingling, burning or an electric shock feeling. These symptoms are generally felt on the bottom of the foot or the inside of the ankle. These symptoms oftentimes appear suddenly and can be brought on by overuse of the foot including exercising, walking for long periods of time or prolonged standing. This medical condition is common in runners.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment  

Ultimately, it’s important to seek early treatment. As the condition progresses, the symptoms may become more severe and may cause permanent nerve damage. At Aligned Modern Health, treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome can include a variety of options. One of our chiropractic physicians can closely examine a patient’s medical history and current symptoms in order to choose the most effective approach for healing. With the help of chiropractic treatment, redirection of the nerve can occur and inflammation reduction, which can lead to lessened or the elimination of any or all symptoms associated with one’s tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Another proven effective treatment strategy for tarsal tunnel syndrome patients is acupuncture. Acupuncture has been proven to help speed up healing and to reduce pain in a variety of medical conditions. It focuses on energy flow in the body and can contribute to tissue repair and pain relief, making it a great choice for tarsal tunnel syndrome patients. Our professional team is highly trained in acupuncture and can create a personalized treatment plan that seeks to reduce or eliminate each patient’s pain. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin to promote circulation. This activate a body’s numerous systems that help to reduce inflammation. This treatment option can help us to correct imbalances in our patient’s bodies.

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