Tarsal Tunnel

Hi, I had tarsal tunnel and plantar fasciitis surgery a couple of years ago on my right foot. I have had for a while toes going numb on both feet. Started walking every night and started getting pain on top of my toes on both feet. I went to a podiatrist and he said I had neuroma. He gave me a shot on top on both feet and said to get a MRI. Had the test done showed some neuroma, bursitis, capsulititis. So ever since I got the shots especially my right foot hurts worse. Under my big toe, the bone a small bunion hurts so bad. The toe next to the big toe is starting to be a hammer toe but not bad is burning bad. Dr. Said I had so much inflammation going on he couldn’t do anything. Told me to rest the foot for 6 to 8 weeks.
4 weeks go by couldn’t stand it. I made an appt with the doctor who did the operation, (the other doctor was in his office that did the shots). He said it looks like the tarsal tunnel is back. I don’t have the heel pain like I did before. The arch is burning, the big toe, the toe next to it the top of the foot and if you squeeze the foot hurt so bad. The left foot only the arch is starting to burn really bad.

The feet burn more at night and my feet hurt more after being off them and getting up to walk.

What do you think this is? Tarsal tunnel?

Thank you for any input!

2 Responses

  1. Foot-com

    Hi, Thank you. I have been taking Gabapentin and have not felt a difference. The EMG showed the Tarsal was ok and looks like coming from the lower back. The Podiatrist put me on steroids and to come back in 2 weeks. Years ago I had hurt the tail bone. Then onetime had a one injection on my right side because I had sciatica problem and it helped. Most recently my left side has been bothering me and more so because of my feet hurting. I am hoping the steroids will help all (my feet and my back).

  2. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Without examining you it is difficult for me to say exactly what may be causing the pain. A burning type pain that is greater during non weight bearing vs. walking sounds more like nerve pain than joint or muscular. Do you have any history of back injury? Have you seen a Neurologist? Have you tried any nerve-specific pain medications such as Lyrica or Gabapentin? These are all questions that I would discuss with your Podiatrist to make sure that all possible causes of pain and treatment options are being considered. Good luck!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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