Tarsal tunnel syndrome commonly refers to a condition caused due to the compression and squeezing of the posterior tibial nerve that passes through the tarsal Tunnel. The symptoms of this disorder such as pain can vary in intensity from mild to extremely severe.
The symptoms are experienced along the course of the posterior tibial nerve that passes from the inner side of the ankles to the feet. Tarsal tunnel syndrome treatment using ayurvedic herbs can help offer effective, long-term relief from the symptoms of this condition.
The pathogenesis or the development of Tarsal tunnel syndrome is quite similar to that of carpal tunnel syndrome, which develops due to the compression of the nerve passing through the wrist into the hand. Both of these disorders arise from the excessive pressure on a nerve at a location where it passes through a confined or narrow space.
The tarsal tunnel is a narrow passage that lies on the underside of the ankles next to the small ankle bones. This tunnel is covered by a thick ligament called the flexor retinaculum, which protects the structures within the tunnel including the posterior tibial nerve, blood vessels, and tendons.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is caused when excessive pressure is exerted on the structures of this passage due to which there is a compression of the posterior tibial nerve.
The common causes of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome include:
The use of herbs recommended by Ayurveda, the system of Indian Medicine, could help to reduce pressure on the posterior tibial nerves and thus, provide relief from the symptoms of this condition.
The herbs usually act by producing an anti-inflammatory action to reduce swelling in the region and also produce a natural analgesic effect thereby controlling pain and discomfort along the nerve. Patients suffering from Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are advised to consult an Ayurvedic Doctor who would prescribe the most effective ayurvedic herbs to help relieve this condition.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome alternative approach using ayurvedic herbs and therapies may offer relief from the symptoms of this condition.
Symptoms generally associated with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Patients with tarsal tunnel syndrome may develop the following symptoms:
Pain in the ankle region and foot that is often described as sharp and shooting
Tingling and numbness along the course of the nerve
A sensation of an electrical shock
The symptoms caused due to tarsal tunnel syndrome are usually felt along the inner side of the ankle and the lower side of the foot. The symptoms may sometimes be isolated occurring at just one spot. In some cases, the pain may extend to the arch of the foot, heel, toes and the calf.
In most cases, the symptoms appear abruptly and are brought on and aggravated due to the overuse of the foot. Prolonged walking and standing, strenuous exercises, and beginning a new exercise program are known to worsen or trigger the symptoms of this condition.
If left untreated for long term, the compression may sometimes progress resulting in permanent damage to the nerve. This may lead to a limited mobility of the affected tissues and even necessitate the patient to undergo surgery to decompress the nerve.
Seeking ayurvedic treatments that include using herbal remedies, following a balanced ayurvedic diet and performing yoga asanas could provide long-term relief from these symptoms.
An ayurvedic diet is believed to relieve compression of the posterior tibial nerve and prevent further progress of the disease. The diet may include foods that are rich in vitamin B and other nutrients that can enhance nerve health. An ayurvedic physician may also recommend eating foods containing vitamin C as it can prevent oxidative damage to the structures in the tarsal tunnel thereby preventing the worsening of the condition.
Tarsal Tunnel Pain Relief
Regular use of herbs that possess natural medicinal potential could provide significant tarsal tunnel pain relief.
Traditional Ayurvedic herbs treatment used for pain associated with Tarsal Tunnel syndrome:
Alternative treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome using herbs, yoga, and other therapies such as panchakarma can help patients avoid the intense pain caused due to this condition. Patients can contact the one of the best ayurvedic clinic in Melbourne to learn the most effective yoga poses for managing this condition. The yoga poses may help to reduce external pressure on the posterior tibial nerve thereby reducing pain.
Panchakarma would help by eliminating toxins and pro-inflammatory substances accumulated in the body. It would help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the affected tissues and support faster recovery. The ayurvedic doctor may also recommend applying an ice pack and immobilization of the part during an acute phase of pain. The comprehensive treatment plan recommended by Ayurveda would not just help the patient avoid pain caused due to tarsal tunnel syndrome but also control factors that can contribute to the worsening of the condition.
If you wish to enquire more information on Ayurvedic treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome in Melbourne, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.
Dr Gurnam Saini (Ayurvedic Doctor)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine from India
MD in Alternative Medicine from India
Certificate in Ayurveda Panchkarma Detox from India
Certificate in Ayurveda Pulse & Tongue diagnosis from India
Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Melbourne
Member of AAA (Australasian Association of Ayurveda)
Organising Secretary of AYUSH MELBOURNE CONFERENCE, 2018
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