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*edit* Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome suggestions/ideas/treatment, ect needed


*EDIT* I have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, it has been misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis for almost a year (which is horrible) but yeah I am looking for suggestion/ideas/treatment ideas for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Please reply if you have any information on this. Thank you!

(you can see more about this in my post below.)

 

To make a long story short, I have very severe plantar fasciitis (both feet) and have been disabled for over a year. I am only 22 and on morphine (it doesnt really help the pain)

I have done every conservative treatment possible, nothing has even slightly helped.

I have to go get a steriod injection on the left one next tuesday, and I am totally scared sh*tless of needles. I don't know what to do because I 100% need to get this done but I am just terrified. I can probably take a sedative pill but I don't know if it will help me at all.

I lost it in the appointment to arrange this earlier and have been crying for 7 hours straight. I just don't know what to do anymore. My stress levels are through the roof. I need advice, please help me.

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That sounds miserable, and being on morphine isn't such a wonderful thing, especially if it isn't helping. Have you thought about having the surgery, since it sounds like you've tried everything else? I did all the treatments I could do before saying okay to the surgery when nothing helped. I finally got relief with the surgery. I had an endoscopic plantar fascia release.

A cortisone shot this late in the game is not likely to do much.  It is most useful when dealing with a more acute flare-up.  But, I will agree with Caroline that surgery should be considered.  I had the surgery done on December 15th, and I had excellent results.  No pain and nearly full activity; I am being just a tad conservative and don't want to return to running / jogging until six months post-op.

I'm sorry to hear you're in so much pain. Plantar fascitis is debilitating, yet it's actually not terribly difficult to fix. Remember it's a mechanical problem in the feet, so you must take a mechanical approach to fix it (not chemical-with drugs). You can start by stretching your feet and lower legs, but the real treatment is in fixing the appropriate muscles. By the way, in Chinese medicine, the posterior tibialis, the muscle that holds up the medial longitudinal arch in the foot, is related to the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are involved when you're under stress, as you mentioned you are. What happens many times in addition to having an injury of the foot, such as repetitive strain, the muscle goes weak when you're overstressed, the arch drops, and the plantar fascia stretches, causing pain.

What can you do now? Stretch, sleep, decrease sugar, caffeine, stress. See your Chiropractor. Get your muscles fixed and your feet adjusted. 

www.plantarfascitisexpert.com

Best,

Jason Worrall, D.C.

Very informative post - thanks!!!!

Dr. Jason Worrall said:

I'm sorry to hear you're in so much pain. Plantar fascitis is debilitating, yet it's actually not terribly difficult to fix. Remember it's a mechanical problem in the feet, so you must take a mechanical approach to fix it (not chemical-with drugs). You can start by stretching your feet and lower legs, but the real treatment is in fixing the appropriate muscles. By the way, in Chinese medicine, the posterior tibialis, the muscle that holds up the medial longitudinal arch in the foot, is related to the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are involved when you're under stress, as you mentioned you are. What happens many times in addition to having an injury of the foot, such as repetitive strain, the muscle goes weak when you're overstressed, the arch drops, and the plantar fascia stretches, causing pain.

What can you do now? Stretch, sleep, decrease sugar, caffeine, stress. See your Chiropractor. Get your muscles fixed and your feet adjusted. 

www.plantarfascitisexpert.com

Best,

Jason Worrall, D.C.

Hi there- I am so sorry about your pain- I get it, totally. A few questions:

When you say you've tried everything- what are the treatments you've tried?

IF you are going to get a cortison shot, why wouldn't you consider the PRP injection instead, it seems to create more healing...

What do you think brought on your PF?

Take care- JB

I agree with Dr Jason Worrall's reply. Sometime conventional medicine  can't answer our questions, especially , when it comes to plantar fasciitis. it's a life style disease accompanied with overused.  Life style modification is the key. If you're still doing the same habit, it won't go away. It may but will come back.

I have chronic PF and been disabled.  I can understand how you feel. I've been seeing therapist to keep stress under control and prioritize the problems.  I get second podiatrist for second opinion when the first one want to do surgery. It ends up that  surgery is not the answer in my case. He also send me to do Ultrasound therapy.

Chiropractic helps me greatly. I've been seeing  2 chiropractors. The first one is family chiropractor; he adjust generally spine, pelvic and foot length to relieve pain in my very bad day and also nutritions. The second chiropractor  is the foot specialist.  He adjust Tibia, Fibula, foot bones, peroneous,gastroc and IT band.  I also get Laser therapy2-3 times a week.  Good luck

Hi everyone, sorry for the late reply. I got the cortisone and it didn't help, and it was horrible.I could not walk on the foot for about a month and the pain was even worse then I ever imagined it could be.

I went to see a podiatrist and the first one i saw still thought it was plantar faciitus, but reffered me to anothe podiatrist. The second one I saw said I have Tarsal tunnel syndrome, and this is actually what I have. I am almost 100% sure. We did a test injection in my ankle of anasthetic to freeze the nerve to see if that's what I have and it worked.  I fit almost all symptoms of the syndrome. It's 14 hours later and my foot is still frozen and it feels really gross, I just want it to be un-frozen even though that will suck.

It's good to know what it is FINALLY, but I think this may be worse than PF.

The part in bold below makes me pretty angry.

What are the symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome?
When the posterior tibial nerve is compressed in the tarsal tunnel, patients commonly complain of numbness over the bottom of the foot, as well as complaints of pain, burning, and tingling over the base of the foot and heel. Occasionally, tarsal tunnel syndrome is confused with plantar fasciitis, or heel spurs.

 

So if anyone has any advice or information for me in regards to tarsal tunnel syndrome, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Samantha

 

Hi Samantha,

I'm sorry to hear you're in so much pain. It really is terrible to feel that way!

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is simply a problem in the ankle/leg/foot that leads to problems like PF. It's not always a surgical case, just like carpal tunnel is rarely. 
Here's a brief post to help you better understand it:

http://www.drjasonsjournal.com/active_health_clinic/2012/06/tarsal-...

I will write one that goes into more detail shorlty.

Have you been to a Chiropractor lately? You may want to find a doctor that's great with feet,knees and extremities. I hate to see someone suffer like you are!

Let me know if that helps and if there's anything else that I can do for you.

Regards,


Jason Worrall, D.C.



samantha said:

Hi everyone, sorry for the late reply. I got the cortisone and it didn't help, and it was horrible.I could not walk on the foot for about a month and the pain was even worse then I ever imagined it could be.

I went to see a podiatrist and the first one i saw still thought it was plantar faciitus, but reffered me to anothe podiatrist. The second one I saw said I have Tarsal tunnel syndrome, and this is actually what I have. I am almost 100% sure. We did a test injection in my ankle of anasthetic to freeze the nerve to see if that's what I have and it worked.  I fit almost all symptoms of the syndrome. It's 14 hours later and my foot is still frozen and it feels really gross, I just want it to be un-frozen even though that will suck.

It's good to know what it is FINALLY, but I think this may be worse than PF.

The part in bold below makes me pretty angry.

What are the symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome?
When the posterior tibial nerve is compressed in the tarsal tunnel, patients commonly complain of numbness over the bottom of the foot, as well as complaints of pain, burning, and tingling over the base of the foot and heel. Occasionally, tarsal tunnel syndrome is confused with plantar fasciitis, or heel spurs.

 

So if anyone has any advice or information for me in regards to tarsal tunnel syndrome, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Samantha

 

They will kinda freeze the area just prior to the injection.  The coldnesss will hurt, but you shouldn't feel the needle at all.  I cry too.  You aren't alone kiddo! 

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