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Tarsal Tunnel Release

Medically reviewed by 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.

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