The tibial nerve runs along the back of the leg, through the ankle, and across the bottom of the foot. When a patient is suffering from tibial neuropathy, they will experience symptoms like pain, burning, itching, tingling, weakness, and numbness in the leg, ankle, sole of the foot, or toes. Some patients also lose mobility or extension throughout the foot, inhibiting certain movements like standing on tiptoes or walking normally. Tibial neuropathy occurs when the radial nerve is damaged or pinched, due to trauma (from an accident for example), certain prolonged repetitive motions, or other conditions (like diabetes or arthritis).
If the symptoms are believed to be caused by another disorder, doctors will look to treat the patient’s underlying disease while also treating the symptoms of tibial neuropathy. The most common treatments for tibial neuropathy include icing treatments, physical therapy, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory medication, and rest. In some cases when the nerve is compressed, the patient may need to undergo surgery to release the nerve and alleviate symptoms.
Pain Management Locations
To find a pain management specialist,
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre
1133 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
MedStar Health at Brandywine
13950 Brandywine Road
Brandywine, MD 20613