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10 year heal spur and now, tarsel tunnel

Posted by DeanaB on 12/07/02 at 09:28 (102060)

I have, at last, found the source of my foot and ankle pain. I was finally diagnosed with a heel spur (on xrays of 6 years ago and recent one; has grown considerably). My podietrist sent me to a nerve specialist yesterday and he told me I also have tarsel tunnel (with a pinced nerve).
Where is this all leading and what questions do I ask...I am taking physical therapy 3 times a week and am on celebrex for the inflamation and pain....(feel like an ice pick is going thru my ankle)...has anyone out there had similar problems....right now walking is painful but a fact of life. Don't want surgery if I can heal other ways.

Re: 10 year heal spur and now, tarsel tunnel

Sharon W on 12/08/02 at 12:14 (102243)

It does sound like you have tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS). It seems to be very common for people to start out with plantar facaetis (heel spurs) and then develop TTS. (In fact, I think that's what happened with me.) There are different opinions (even among doctors) about whether or not plantar facaetis (PF) actually CAUSES TTS, or whether it is just that the same things that cause a person to develop PF, may eventually cause them to develop TTS too.

To learn more about PF, it might be better to post your message on the 'Treatments' board, or perhaps (if you have questions) on 'Ask the Foot Doctors'.

To learn more about TTS, I hope you'll check out the 'Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome' board -- Wendy has a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) that is very helpful for learning more about the problem in your tarsal tunnel. There is a link for Steve's website, with lots more information. And you can read the TTS message board to see what experiences other people have had with this problem -- there are some who have ended up needing surgery, but others are having success with other treatments for this condition.

Celebrex is a good drug that has brought relief to many people, and physical therapy can be a useful treatment for TTS, too, in some cases. Other drugs taken for TTS include Neurontin, which many people with TTS find is helpful in calming the inflamed nerves and reducing the pain. Sometimes doctors treating TTS inject steroids ('cortisone injections') into the tarsal tunnel area to help relieve the pressure on the nerve by shrinking swollen tissues. And -- you didn't mention this but perhaps you have talked with your Dr. about it -- doctors treating TTS and PF often make orthotics to wear inside a patient's shoes, which can help to correct any problems with the way they walk.

Sharon

Re: 10 year heal spur and now, tarsel tunnel

DeanaB on 12/08/02 at 14:11 (102257)

Sharon,
Thanks so much for the information. I've just started to do research on these problems. My Dr. has give me a orthotics to wear in both shoes and she'd like to do cortozone injections...but my ankle and foot are way to sore for injections. They'll try to use cortozine (or something similar) in my physical therapy....three times a week. But after reading some of the surgery stories, I think I will try anything (and everything) not to have to go that route. Thanks again for the information...Will check into these sites.
Deana (Scared in Pa.)

Re: Deana, good luck!

Sharon W on 12/08/02 at 20:52 (102299)

Good luck to you, Deana. I hope you'll choose to post here again, whenever you feel like it; I'm sure I am not the only one who would like to hear how you are doing and what treatments work for you. This IS a good place to find information about your foot problems, but it's certainly not the only place -- there is a lot of information out there on the web these days. The special thing about these message boards is that here, you can find other people who actually UNDERSTAND what you're going through, and that can be a real lifesaver sometimes!

Sharon

Re: Deana, good luck!

trish e on 12/09/02 at 12:17 (102350)

hi i wish you luck in your decision,hope you stay in touch.

Re: 10 year heal spur and now, tarsel tunnel

Sharon W on 12/08/02 at 12:14 (102243)

It does sound like you have tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS). It seems to be very common for people to start out with plantar facaetis (heel spurs) and then develop TTS. (In fact, I think that's what happened with me.) There are different opinions (even among doctors) about whether or not plantar facaetis (PF) actually CAUSES TTS, or whether it is just that the same things that cause a person to develop PF, may eventually cause them to develop TTS too.

To learn more about PF, it might be better to post your message on the 'Treatments' board, or perhaps (if you have questions) on 'Ask the Foot Doctors'.

To learn more about TTS, I hope you'll check out the 'Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome' board -- Wendy has a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) that is very helpful for learning more about the problem in your tarsal tunnel. There is a link for Steve's website, with lots more information. And you can read the TTS message board to see what experiences other people have had with this problem -- there are some who have ended up needing surgery, but others are having success with other treatments for this condition.

Celebrex is a good drug that has brought relief to many people, and physical therapy can be a useful treatment for TTS, too, in some cases. Other drugs taken for TTS include Neurontin, which many people with TTS find is helpful in calming the inflamed nerves and reducing the pain. Sometimes doctors treating TTS inject steroids ('cortisone injections') into the tarsal tunnel area to help relieve the pressure on the nerve by shrinking swollen tissues. And -- you didn't mention this but perhaps you have talked with your Dr. about it -- doctors treating TTS and PF often make orthotics to wear inside a patient's shoes, which can help to correct any problems with the way they walk.

Sharon

Re: 10 year heal spur and now, tarsel tunnel

DeanaB on 12/08/02 at 14:11 (102257)

Sharon,
Thanks so much for the information. I've just started to do research on these problems. My Dr. has give me a orthotics to wear in both shoes and she'd like to do cortozone injections...but my ankle and foot are way to sore for injections. They'll try to use cortozine (or something similar) in my physical therapy....three times a week. But after reading some of the surgery stories, I think I will try anything (and everything) not to have to go that route. Thanks again for the information...Will check into these sites.
Deana (Scared in Pa.)

Re: Deana, good luck!

Sharon W on 12/08/02 at 20:52 (102299)

Good luck to you, Deana. I hope you'll choose to post here again, whenever you feel like it; I'm sure I am not the only one who would like to hear how you are doing and what treatments work for you. This IS a good place to find information about your foot problems, but it's certainly not the only place -- there is a lot of information out there on the web these days. The special thing about these message boards is that here, you can find other people who actually UNDERSTAND what you're going through, and that can be a real lifesaver sometimes!

Sharon

Re: Deana, good luck!

trish e on 12/09/02 at 12:17 (102350)

hi i wish you luck in your decision,hope you stay in touch.