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12 Apr 2006

After 7 months of struggling with a sprained ankle, neurologist has diagnosed TARSAL TUNNEL SYNDROME.
1) Please can you explain what this is? 2) What causes it? 3) Is an op the only way to fix it? 4) What are some do 's and dont's prior to and after op?
5) can i take something to ease the pain? 6) does it take long to heal after op? 6) Do I wear a cast after op/ need rehab/ crutches etc?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear TTS
Tarsal tunnel syndrome means that in a small tunnel near your ankle, where the nerve and the muscle tendon run together they are being compressed due to an injury with forming of scar tissue or due to swelling or due to chronic inflammation. The only way to fix it is to open up the tunnel to give them more "breathing space". You will probably get a cast but it should take no more than 4 to 6 weeks to heal. You will have to give the leg a rest directly after the op and will be on crutches for a week or so. You may need physiotherapy after the operation. You can take anti-inflammatory drugs like Voltaren.
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