There’s not a lot of room inside our feet and ankles, so it’s easy for one condition to cause other problems. In this case, the narrow nerve passage in the ankle becomes compressed as the result of an adjacent condition (e.g., a varicose vein, bone spur, or swollen tendon), or a foot issue such as high arches or flat feet. The result is tingling or shooting pain, burning, or even numbness that can spread to other parts of the foot.
Treatment can range from rest and over-the-counter medication to ankle supports, shoe inserts, and carticosteroid injections. Surgery is sometimes necessary to decompress the nerve.
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