Skip to main content

Tarsal Tunnel Release

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about tarsal tunnel release?

Tarsal tunnel release is surgery to relieve pain and numbness from tarsal tunnel syndrome. The tarsal tunnel is between the bump on the inside of your ankle and ligaments stretched across your foot. Surgery takes pressure off a nerve in the tarsal tunnel.

Heel, toes, ankle

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

Your surgeon may do open or endoscopic surgery. Open means he or she will make 1 incision in your ankle. Endoscopic means he or she will make 2 or 3 small incisions. Surgery will be done with tools put into the small incisions.

What should I expect after surgery?

What are the risks of tarsal tunnel release?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. A bone, artery, or nerves near the surgery area may be damaged. Surgery may not fully relieve the tarsal tunnel. You may continue to have pain or numbness in your ankle, foot, or toes. You may develop a condition called plantar fasciitis that causes pain in your heel.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

© Copyright Merative 2023 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.