Home The Book Dr Articles Products Message Boards Journal Articles Search Our Surveys Surgery ESWT Dr Messages Find Good Drs video

finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Posted by alan k on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013669)

I finally got the pod to agree I have tarsal tunnel syndrome. The Tinnel tapping test was pretty clear. When he switched to one of those reflex tapping hammers-- you know what I mean-- then it was super clear.

I have always had 'atypical PF' i wonder if others like me might have tts, maybe without a clear tinnel indicator.

I still think I might have some pf as extra spicey for my tts, but I will follow up on this diagnosis. I am schedualed for a electro-conduction test as confirmation.

Now the big part. Here's what he wanted to do:

1. inject me with cortizone/novacaine (the nov. is just to get the cortizone in less painfully).

2. release surgery if that doesn't work. He claimed it was %95 effective, and the other percent was just probably misdiagnosed people. He said it was a simple surgery, with infection the only major possible complication.


So my questions are: has anyone had cortizone injections for tts (they put it in the tt region)?
Are the same horror stories true of this as people say of injections into the fascia?
Has anyone been helped by an injection?

what about surgery? Is it a permanent cure for tts? Has anyone tried this and had a bad experience? Who (what sort of doctor) should do the proceedure? Has anyone been ble to go back to their old, ctive life after tts release surgery, as my pod claims is almost certain?

I will try acupuncture first, but I nervously await anyone's input here, especially about the cortizone in the tt. He was persuasive.
Also, any good tts self-treatments I am eager to hear about.

yours, alan k


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013670)

i have had a TTS release and i would not let anyone by a skilled orthopedic surgeon perform this procedure. It is not so simple depending on what he finds. my surgeon never mentioned a shot for this problem and i have never read about this being a method for treating it. my surgeon told me that even with the electro conduction test (which i had performed by a surgeon) the results are very subjective. if a doctor promises a 95% cure rate and guarantees you will be your old self i would run from him as fast as i could. my doc told me it was my call on the tts release as he did not know if it would help or cure my problem. i elected to do the tts release and pf release at the same time as then incision though longer is in the same area.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

alan k on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013672)

thanks john!

I hope you don't mind a host of other questions.

And after the surgery you are no better?
How long since the cuts?

Why did you have tts and pf surgery, since the tts might simulate pf pain? How did they know there was pf also for sure?

Do you know any good places to go online to think about surgery or injections for tts?

thanks to all, alan k


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

BarbaraJ on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013675)

Alan, I don't exactly know where the tts appears but it sounds like maybe the arch itself? Anyway, I understand from my ortho surgeon that he never gives cortisone shots in the heel for pf because there is a very real danger that it can destroy the heel pad itself. I had already had one shot in the heel by a podiatrist before seeing the orthopedist with absolutely no result, either negative or positive. I think he must have been a good shot giver because it didn't hurt very much at all. He was definitely deadening the area at the same time. Best, Barbara

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Nancy S. on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013676)

Hi, Alan, I've been wanting to thank you for responding to my question re: osteopath and EPF surgery. Congrats. on getting a diagnosis. I don't know much about TTS; if those who have it were helped by shots, I'd go for it. For my heel spur / PF the shot was a doozy -- very painful, and did no good. If it had done any good, however, I wouldn't have hesitated to go through the pain. (The pain doesn't last long, tho, so I don't think that alone should be a deterrent. Surgeons can be persuasive, can't they! That's why I was considering it myself. However, I decided you and others are right, that I would be rushing into it after 8 months of this, and so I have canceled my surgery date.
Hey, I'm glad you got a laugh out of my Home Depot experience! We all need it. Actually I got a laugh out of your wheelchair response to someone, when you said a wheelchair makes your wife start doing everything for you, like opening letters. Hope you meant that to be funny! Best of luck in your treatment decisions.
Nancy from Maine

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

wendyn on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013677)

Alan, podiatrists seem very consistent in their advise on TTS - yours told you the same thing mine told me.

First - the shots.

Mine refused (and sarcastically) to discuss possible risks. The sprots med specialist that I saw recently wanted to do the shots but admitted the following risks:

1. Infection (small risk)

2. Can irritate the nerve (since the injection goes into the nerve sheath - there is the possibility they could make it worse)

3. For two weeks following the injection, you must be very careful because there is a risk of rupturing the tendon. This would be serious and would require surgery.

You have to decide if the risks are worth it - I decided no.

Your doctors attitude is much the same as the woman I've been talking to in Texas, but now she's had the surgery and it didn't work.

Do some research on your own over the net - I can even give you some I've found that show the results are not nearly that good.

GET ANOTHER OPINION. This is WAY WAY too important to go with this one person's thoughts. I have seen two podiatrist, two sports med doctors and I am on a wait list for a foot and ankle specialist (orthapedic surgeon). If ANYONE does the surgery - it will be him, NOT the podiatrist.

TAKE YOUR TIME!!!!!!


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013683)

alan: i had my surgery on Aug 23, 99. at this point i think i am somewhat better but have a way to go. the doctor said it could be up to one year before i know the final results of the PF/TS release. the scar is 5' long and runs on the inside of my ankle from well above the heel bone to the edge of the foot where the fascia band from the large toe connects to the heel. there was really not much pain associated with the surgery. one hour in recovery and then home on crutches for 3 weeks. i was in a half cast. stitches were removed in 10 days as was cast. i would certainly get at least two opinions and one should be from a foot and ankle surgeon. the doctor told me he did find a large vericose vein touching the nerve inside the tarsal tunnel. whether this was my problem or not i do not know. TTS is really sort of rare and i would guess that if a large group of people were tested a large number would show positive yet have no symptons of pain. go to your search engine on your computer and enter Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and you should find a number of sites including some with animated surgery.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013684)

alan: something else i forgot to mention. generally speaking with tts you will experience a 'burning pain' and pain may not be alleviated by getting off your feet.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Doug P on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013696)

Alan -- congratulations on a diagnosis. That's one step toward recovery. I have atypical symptoms like you (no morning pain, pain more in the arch, etc.). One question I had for you is, do you feel discomfort in your feet after you are off them? Or does the pain pretty much go away immediately? I always thought that with TTS that the pain persisted after you are off your feet. If you don't experience much discomfort after you sit down, and you have TTS, then I probably have it too. Is your pain more of a burning pain or more of sore type of pain?

I received cortizone shots in both my feet for whatever I have and it did not help a bit. The injection went in my arch which is where most of the pain is. I have no idea if it was near the nerve, but the shots didn't help at all. My doctor was shocked. Anyway, please write back and perhaps describe you symptoms a little more. Thanks!!!


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Beth D. on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013703)

Alan,

Last May I was also diagnosed with TTS and PF by the first podiatrist. From there I went for a second opinion with a sports med. physician. He agreed on the diagnosis. At that point my podiatrist recommended orthotics (3/4 length, rigid). I got them in June and wore them for 10 weeks before going to another podiatrist for an evaluation. The second podiatrist did not think I even needed the orthotics-he thought my arch and gait were fine, but said the orthotics filled up my arch. The second Podiatrist pushed the cortizone shots. I refused. He sent me to a neurologist to confirm the TTS-it came back negative. I had the classic tingle, and burning pain. In Sept. I stopped wearing the orthotics and got some Birks. Since then I have found what works for me to get through the days with minimal pain-Birks, stretching, bromlein, and Glusanime Chrondroitin. The second podiatrist helped a bit-he ordered lots of blood work to test for diabetes, arthritis, etc.
The first podiatrist wanted to do surgery if I didn't get better. I truly believe the body can heal itself and that given time, I'll be better. Have you tried birkenstocks?

Beth


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013705)

Beth,

Exactly where in your foot/ankle is the tingling and pain. I have had some intense burning and mild pins-and-needles-type sensations in my heels but came up negative on my EMG for TTS.


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013707)

Hey John, Where is the burning pain? In the heel?

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013711)

alan fact is they really did not know for sure that i had TTS or that a PF release would cure my problem. i guessed i had a 50/50 shot of a cure going in but having had this problem for several year and had my life style drastically altered i was willing to take the chance. my greatest concern was would the surgery make it worse! the doctor was confident it would not. i only had about a 15% fascia release so my foot structure is relatively intact. my doctor will not release more than 15-20% as he believes the long term consequences may not be good. so far i would say my foot is somewhat better after 3 1/2 months. finding the pain generator in PF is very difficult and finding the cause is even more difficult (mechanics, pinched nerve,bad shoes, over use, arthritis, fracture, injury, tight muscles in legs/achilles,etc etc). I think surgery is always a shot in the dark and each person must weigh that against can they live with what they have and do they think they will get better with conservative measures.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013715)

according to all i have read the burning pain from tts is generally in and around the ankle and of course other places on the feet.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

alan k on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013723)

I had orthotics, which I adjusted too, but found birks much better. I am now a complete Birks fan. The orthotics also began to cause a pain up the ankle in the tarsal tunnel region. At the time the podiatrist didn't think that was important or that orthotics could cause tts, which I was worried about at the time.

I love Birks but they are only a way of getting by in life. I want to get better and be active again. I don't see Birks as the answer at this point.

Now I am afraid that stretching might make me worse, though nothing changes fast enough for me to notice anything as especially good or bad for me.

I am still trying to figure out why my tinnels test is clearer now than before.

Maybe its the stretching.

did you all with tts diagnosis (at any time) have postivie tinnel's sign?


alan k


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Beth D. on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013726)

Alan,

I had two different doctors (well one podiatrist and one sports med. doc.) do the tinnel's test and it was positive. I used the ibuprofin cream a lot on the area that was tested. I do know what you mean by the hum. My feet hummed and got real warm after kickboxing or just walking when I was first diagnosed. I feel I was overdoing the exercise and am at the point where I would just like to be able to walk around town or the zoo or something with my kids. As a sidenote, the pool made my feet worse (got hot and tingly). I was probably doing too much. So I'm on the bike and will stay there until next summer.

Beth


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013733)

Can it be in the heel too?

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013734)

John,

Here's what I don't understand about Baxter's technique. He goes in and cuts a wedge of tissue out over the nerve--that part I understand. Here's what I don't get--what keeps scar tissue from filling in the wedge and pressing on the nerve again? As I understand it, scar tissue will always fill a void like that.


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

wendyn on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013739)

Just a hunch, but is it possible you've just found the right spot? I've had the odd doctor come along and give me a whack on the side of the foot, and miss the right spot. I usually correct them now and say no, not there - over here - then whack - and it works.

With the symptoms, for example whether or not the pain is relieved by rest - I think this comes from how bad it is at any given point.

Right now, I find rest helps - when it was really bad it kept me awake most of the night, and it was difficult to think even sitting down becasue of the pain.

I have it in both feet, worse in my right where it started.

Depression and frustration are the worst part of this, when it was real bad I could understand how people with long term chronic pain can become suicidal.

I have (for now) accepted my condition as chronic like arthritis or diabetes, something that cannot be cured but can be controlled.

This has been easier for me to do than to constantly be wondering when I will be fixed. I do hope to be 100% better one day, and I too am looking forward to giving the acupuncture a try. Next year some time I hope the surgeon I talk to will have more info. But, for now, I can live with TTS and not focus on what I will not be able to do for the rest of my life.

I hope you will find a way to approach this so that you can feel better about yourself and the future. This might be the hardest part???



Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013670)

i have had a TTS release and i would not let anyone by a skilled orthopedic surgeon perform this procedure. It is not so simple depending on what he finds. my surgeon never mentioned a shot for this problem and i have never read about this being a method for treating it. my surgeon told me that even with the electro conduction test (which i had performed by a surgeon) the results are very subjective. if a doctor promises a 95% cure rate and guarantees you will be your old self i would run from him as fast as i could. my doc told me it was my call on the tts release as he did not know if it would help or cure my problem. i elected to do the tts release and pf release at the same time as then incision though longer is in the same area.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

alan k on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013672)

thanks john!

I hope you don't mind a host of other questions.

And after the surgery you are no better?
How long since the cuts?

Why did you have tts and pf surgery, since the tts might simulate pf pain? How did they know there was pf also for sure?

Do you know any good places to go online to think about surgery or injections for tts?

thanks to all, alan k


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

BarbaraJ on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013675)

Alan, I don't exactly know where the tts appears but it sounds like maybe the arch itself? Anyway, I understand from my ortho surgeon that he never gives cortisone shots in the heel for pf because there is a very real danger that it can destroy the heel pad itself. I had already had one shot in the heel by a podiatrist before seeing the orthopedist with absolutely no result, either negative or positive. I think he must have been a good shot giver because it didn't hurt very much at all. He was definitely deadening the area at the same time. Best, Barbara

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Nancy S. on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013676)

Hi, Alan, I've been wanting to thank you for responding to my question re: osteopath and EPF surgery. Congrats. on getting a diagnosis. I don't know much about TTS; if those who have it were helped by shots, I'd go for it. For my heel spur / PF the shot was a doozy -- very painful, and did no good. If it had done any good, however, I wouldn't have hesitated to go through the pain. (The pain doesn't last long, tho, so I don't think that alone should be a deterrent. Surgeons can be persuasive, can't they! That's why I was considering it myself. However, I decided you and others are right, that I would be rushing into it after 8 months of this, and so I have canceled my surgery date.
Hey, I'm glad you got a laugh out of my Home Depot experience! We all need it. Actually I got a laugh out of your wheelchair response to someone, when you said a wheelchair makes your wife start doing everything for you, like opening letters. Hope you meant that to be funny! Best of luck in your treatment decisions.
Nancy from Maine

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

wendyn on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013677)

Alan, podiatrists seem very consistent in their advise on TTS - yours told you the same thing mine told me.

First - the shots.

Mine refused (and sarcastically) to discuss possible risks. The sprots med specialist that I saw recently wanted to do the shots but admitted the following risks:

1. Infection (small risk)

2. Can irritate the nerve (since the injection goes into the nerve sheath - there is the possibility they could make it worse)

3. For two weeks following the injection, you must be very careful because there is a risk of rupturing the tendon. This would be serious and would require surgery.

You have to decide if the risks are worth it - I decided no.

Your doctors attitude is much the same as the woman I've been talking to in Texas, but now she's had the surgery and it didn't work.

Do some research on your own over the net - I can even give you some I've found that show the results are not nearly that good.

GET ANOTHER OPINION. This is WAY WAY too important to go with this one person's thoughts. I have seen two podiatrist, two sports med doctors and I am on a wait list for a foot and ankle specialist (orthapedic surgeon). If ANYONE does the surgery - it will be him, NOT the podiatrist.

TAKE YOUR TIME!!!!!!


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013683)

alan: i had my surgery on Aug 23, 99. at this point i think i am somewhat better but have a way to go. the doctor said it could be up to one year before i know the final results of the PF/TS release. the scar is 5' long and runs on the inside of my ankle from well above the heel bone to the edge of the foot where the fascia band from the large toe connects to the heel. there was really not much pain associated with the surgery. one hour in recovery and then home on crutches for 3 weeks. i was in a half cast. stitches were removed in 10 days as was cast. i would certainly get at least two opinions and one should be from a foot and ankle surgeon. the doctor told me he did find a large vericose vein touching the nerve inside the tarsal tunnel. whether this was my problem or not i do not know. TTS is really sort of rare and i would guess that if a large group of people were tested a large number would show positive yet have no symptons of pain. go to your search engine on your computer and enter Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and you should find a number of sites including some with animated surgery.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013684)

alan: something else i forgot to mention. generally speaking with tts you will experience a 'burning pain' and pain may not be alleviated by getting off your feet.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Doug P on 12/13/99 at 00:00 (013696)

Alan -- congratulations on a diagnosis. That's one step toward recovery. I have atypical symptoms like you (no morning pain, pain more in the arch, etc.). One question I had for you is, do you feel discomfort in your feet after you are off them? Or does the pain pretty much go away immediately? I always thought that with TTS that the pain persisted after you are off your feet. If you don't experience much discomfort after you sit down, and you have TTS, then I probably have it too. Is your pain more of a burning pain or more of sore type of pain?

I received cortizone shots in both my feet for whatever I have and it did not help a bit. The injection went in my arch which is where most of the pain is. I have no idea if it was near the nerve, but the shots didn't help at all. My doctor was shocked. Anyway, please write back and perhaps describe you symptoms a little more. Thanks!!!


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Beth D. on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013703)

Alan,

Last May I was also diagnosed with TTS and PF by the first podiatrist. From there I went for a second opinion with a sports med. physician. He agreed on the diagnosis. At that point my podiatrist recommended orthotics (3/4 length, rigid). I got them in June and wore them for 10 weeks before going to another podiatrist for an evaluation. The second podiatrist did not think I even needed the orthotics-he thought my arch and gait were fine, but said the orthotics filled up my arch. The second Podiatrist pushed the cortizone shots. I refused. He sent me to a neurologist to confirm the TTS-it came back negative. I had the classic tingle, and burning pain. In Sept. I stopped wearing the orthotics and got some Birks. Since then I have found what works for me to get through the days with minimal pain-Birks, stretching, bromlein, and Glusanime Chrondroitin. The second podiatrist helped a bit-he ordered lots of blood work to test for diabetes, arthritis, etc.
The first podiatrist wanted to do surgery if I didn't get better. I truly believe the body can heal itself and that given time, I'll be better. Have you tried birkenstocks?

Beth


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013705)

Beth,

Exactly where in your foot/ankle is the tingling and pain. I have had some intense burning and mild pins-and-needles-type sensations in my heels but came up negative on my EMG for TTS.


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013707)

Hey John, Where is the burning pain? In the heel?

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013711)

alan fact is they really did not know for sure that i had TTS or that a PF release would cure my problem. i guessed i had a 50/50 shot of a cure going in but having had this problem for several year and had my life style drastically altered i was willing to take the chance. my greatest concern was would the surgery make it worse! the doctor was confident it would not. i only had about a 15% fascia release so my foot structure is relatively intact. my doctor will not release more than 15-20% as he believes the long term consequences may not be good. so far i would say my foot is somewhat better after 3 1/2 months. finding the pain generator in PF is very difficult and finding the cause is even more difficult (mechanics, pinched nerve,bad shoes, over use, arthritis, fracture, injury, tight muscles in legs/achilles,etc etc). I think surgery is always a shot in the dark and each person must weigh that against can they live with what they have and do they think they will get better with conservative measures.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

john h on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013715)

according to all i have read the burning pain from tts is generally in and around the ankle and of course other places on the feet.

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

alan k on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013723)

I had orthotics, which I adjusted too, but found birks much better. I am now a complete Birks fan. The orthotics also began to cause a pain up the ankle in the tarsal tunnel region. At the time the podiatrist didn't think that was important or that orthotics could cause tts, which I was worried about at the time.

I love Birks but they are only a way of getting by in life. I want to get better and be active again. I don't see Birks as the answer at this point.

Now I am afraid that stretching might make me worse, though nothing changes fast enough for me to notice anything as especially good or bad for me.

I am still trying to figure out why my tinnels test is clearer now than before.

Maybe its the stretching.

did you all with tts diagnosis (at any time) have postivie tinnel's sign?


alan k


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Beth D. on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013726)

Alan,

I had two different doctors (well one podiatrist and one sports med. doc.) do the tinnel's test and it was positive. I used the ibuprofin cream a lot on the area that was tested. I do know what you mean by the hum. My feet hummed and got real warm after kickboxing or just walking when I was first diagnosed. I feel I was overdoing the exercise and am at the point where I would just like to be able to walk around town or the zoo or something with my kids. As a sidenote, the pool made my feet worse (got hot and tingly). I was probably doing too much. So I'm on the bike and will stay there until next summer.

Beth


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013733)

Can it be in the heel too?

Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

Janet on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013734)

John,

Here's what I don't understand about Baxter's technique. He goes in and cuts a wedge of tissue out over the nerve--that part I understand. Here's what I don't get--what keeps scar tissue from filling in the wedge and pressing on the nerve again? As I understand it, scar tissue will always fill a void like that.


Re: finally diagnosed. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: pod wants to inject me, and other questions including surgery

wendyn on 12/14/99 at 00:00 (013739)

Just a hunch, but is it possible you've just found the right spot? I've had the odd doctor come along and give me a whack on the side of the foot, and miss the right spot. I usually correct them now and say no, not there - over here - then whack - and it works.

With the symptoms, for example whether or not the pain is relieved by rest - I think this comes from how bad it is at any given point.

Right now, I find rest helps - when it was really bad it kept me awake most of the night, and it was difficult to think even sitting down becasue of the pain.

I have it in both feet, worse in my right where it started.

Depression and frustration are the worst part of this, when it was real bad I could understand how people with long term chronic pain can become suicidal.

I have (for now) accepted my condition as chronic like arthritis or diabetes, something that cannot be cured but can be controlled.

This has been easier for me to do than to constantly be wondering when I will be fixed. I do hope to be 100% better one day, and I too am looking forward to giving the acupuncture a try. Next year some time I hope the surgeon I talk to will have more info. But, for now, I can live with TTS and not focus on what I will not be able to do for the rest of my life.

I hope you will find a way to approach this so that you can feel better about yourself and the future. This might be the hardest part???