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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Ayurveda Treatment

Author : Gurnam Saini  

Ayurvedic Remedies for Tarsal Tunnel (TTS) Syndrome in Melbourne: Natural Ways to Relieve Pain and Discomfort

                                                                  

A painful disease that affects the feet and ankles is tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS). It results from the tibial nerve being compressed as it travels through a small tunnel in the foot. The affected region of this compression may experience pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness. Ayurveda provides natural remedies that can help manage and treat the condition, whereas conventional treatments like drugs, physical therapy, and surgery can give relief.

 

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Ayurveda Treatment

 

We'll talk about some Ayurvedic treatments for tarsal tunnel syndrome in this piece. We will discuss Ayurvedic treatments, herbs, exercises, medications, and home remedies that can lessen this condition's agony and discomfort.

 

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.

 

Causes of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS)

 

The common causes of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome include:

 

  • The presence of developmental variations of the lower part of the feet called the flat foot. People, who have flat feet, are at a higher risk for developing tarsal tunnel syndrome as this disorder causes an outward tilting of the heels due to the fallen or flat arches. This produces strain on the passage resulting in the compression on the posterior tibial nerve.

  • An injury in the region of the ankle such as ankle sprain can lead to inflammation and swelling in or around the tunnel resulting in the compression of the nerve.

  • An abnormal or enlarged structure occupying space within the tarsal tunnel can also compress the nerve. This may occur due to varicose veins, swollen tendons, ganglionic cyst, and arthritic bone spurs. These are external structures that increase pressure on the outer part of the tarsal tunnel and compress the nerve.

  • Systemic disorders such as arthritis and diabetes may cause swelling thereby compressing the nerve.

 

Symptoms 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.

 

Ayurvedic Treatment for Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

 

Holistic approaches to health and recovery are provided by Ayurveda. The root source of the issue must be found and addressed in order to treat Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome according to Ayurveda. To do this, one must evaluate the patient's doshas (body type) and identify any abnormalities. The Ayurvedic practitioner will suggest a customised treatment strategy based on the assessment, which may include:


1. Panchakarma Therapy: Panchakarma is a purifying and rejuvenating treatment that seeks to balance and detoxify the body. There are five primary procedures used in this therapy: Herbal purgation, enemas, nasal irrigation, and herbal steam therapy. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome-related discomfort and inflammation can be treated with panchakarma.


2. Ayurvedic Massage: Abhyanga, a type of gentle massage used in Ayurveda, employs warm herbal oils to calm the nerves and encourage rest. The feet and legs can benefit from this massage by feeling less sore and painful.  The Ayurvedic doctor may also recommend applying an herbal pack on the area. 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.


3. Yoga and meditation: Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be made worse by worry and tension in the body, which can be relieved by practising yoga and meditation. Circulation, flexibility, and equilibrium can all be enhanced by engaging in yoga asanas and pranayama. The practise of meditation can ease stress and foster relaxation. Patients can contact the 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.

 

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Ayurveda Remedies

 

The use of herbs recommended by Ayurveda, 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. 


Herbs like the following are frequently used to reduce the pain and distress brought on by this condition:


1. Ashwagandha: An adaptogenic herb, ashwagandha can ease tension and encourage relaxation. Additionally, it can aid in reducing the discomfort and swelling brought on by Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. [1]


2. Turmeric: A strong anti-inflammatory herb, turmeric can help lessen discomfort and swelling in the feet and ankles.  [2] [3]


3. Ginger: A warming herb, ginger can increase circulation and lessen discomfort and swelling in the feet and ankles.


4. Guggulu: An herb known as guggulu has the ability to help decrease swelling and inflammation in the ankle and foot. Additionally, it may aid in enhancing circulation and relieving strain on the tibial nerve.


5. Shallaki: This herb is frequently used in Ayurvedic therapy to ease joint pain and inflammation. Additionally, it can aid to increase circulation and lessen ankle and foot swelling.

 

6. Rasana: Rasana is one of the most effective ayurvedic herbs used for the management of tarsal tunnel syndrome. It may works by improving nerve health and protecting it against damage.

 

7. Punarnava: Punarnava can be used to improve the body's natural ability to regenerate the tissues damaged due to tarsal tunnel syndrome.

 

8. Bala: The use of Bala may help to relieve pain and discomfort along the course of the posterior tibial nerve by producing a natural analgesic effect.

 

9. Errand: Errand may act as an anti-inflammatory agent and minimize swelling and inflammation in the tarsal tunnel thereby reducing compression of the nerve.

 

10. Mulethi: Mulethi is particularly recommended to relieve the symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome linked to neuropathy in diabetic patients.

 

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises for Pain Relief

 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome-related pain and stiffness can be reduced with exercise. The following activities can be helpful:

 

1. Toe raises: Place your feet flat on the floor and elevate your toes as high as you can while standing. Lower your heels back down after holding for a short while.


2. Rotate your feet clockwise and anticlockwise while sitting on a chair for a few minutes.


3. Heel drops: Place your heels over the side of a step or raised platform as you stand there. Lift your feet back up after lowering them as far as you can go.

 

To handle TTS, it's critical to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Keeping a healthy weight is one way to relieve strain on the foot and ankle.
 

Avoid engaging in high-impact activities that could exacerbate TTS symptoms by wearing supportive footwear with adequate arch support.


Maintaining proper stance to prevent placing too much stress on the foot and ankle

 

Ayurvedic medicine for tarsal tunnel syndrome

 

The following Ayurveda medications are frequently used to treat this condition's pain and discomfort:


1. Vata Oil: This Ayurvedic oil is used to treat muscle and joint discomfort. It includes a mixture of herbs and oils that can help lessen discomfort and swelling in the feet and legs.


2. Rasnairandadi kashayam: An Ayurvedic herbal remedy called rasnairandadi kashayam can help lessen discomfort and inflammation brought on by Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. It includes ten herbs that are both analgesic and anti-inflammatory.


3. Triphala Guggulu: An Ayurvedic herbal remedy, Triphala Guggulu can aid in enhancing circulation and reducing discomfort and inflammation in the feet and ankles. It includes a combination of three vegetables (Triphala) and the anti-inflammatory resin Guggulu.
 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome home remedies

 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is accompanied by a variety of home remedies that can help reduce pain and suffering. Here are a few examples:


1. Epsom salt soak: Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes in tepid water containing Epsom salt. Magnesium, which is present in epsom salt, can help lessen discomfort and swelling in the ankles and feet.


2. Ice Pack: For 10 to 15 minutes, place an ice pack on the injured region. This can aid in reducing ankle and foot discomfort and swelling.


3. Ginger Compress: Soak a towel in the ginger water after boiling grated ginger in water. For ten to fifteen minutes, apply the cloth to the affected region. Inflammation and discomfort in the ankles and feet may be lessened by doing this.

 

4. Ayurveda Herbal pack Paste - Diffferent mix of herbs, advised by Ayurveda doctor, based on pulse diagnosis is given to the client. Client make the paste of that mix, and apply on the affected area and  then wrap the area with the bandage, which is removed after 2-6 hours. 

 

5. Ayurveda Diet 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.
 

FAQs:
 

1. How does tarsal tunnel syndrome manifest?
 

A disease that affects the feet and ankles is tarsal tunnel syndrome. It results from the tibial nerve being compressed as it travels through a small tunnel in the foot. The affected region of this compression may experience pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.
 

2. How does tarsal tunnel syndrome develop?
 

A number of things, such as trauma, overuse, inflammation, and anatomical flaws in the foot, can lead to tarsal tunnel syndrome.
 

3. How well do Ayurveda treatments work for treating Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?
 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be managed and treated with the aid of Ayurveda medicines. Herbs, exercises, prescription drugs, and natural remedies are some of the treatments that can help with this condition's pain and distress.
 

4. Is there a natural remedy for tarsal tunnel syndrome?

 

Ayurvedic herbal remedies can be used to manage tarsal tunnel syndrome naturally.
 

5. Are herbal medicines used in ayurveda safe?

When used under the supervision of a licenced Ayurvedic practitioner, herbal remedies used in Ayurveda are typically harmless.
 

6. How quickly do ayurvedic herbal medicines take effect?

 

While the amount of time it takes for ayurvedic herbal remedies to work varies from person to person, most patients start to feel better a few weeks after beginning treatment.

 

Ayurveda Treatment for Tarsal Tunnel (TTS) Syndrome in Melbourne

 

The feet and ankles can experience considerable pain and discomfort as a result of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Ayurveda provides natural treatments that can help manage and treat the disease while conventional treatments can offer relief. Exercises, herbs, medicines, home remedies, and Ayurvedic treatments can all help reduce the pain and distress brought on by Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. It is advised that you speak with an Ayurvedic doctor if you are showing signs of this disease in order to figure out the best course of action for you.

 

If you wish to consult Ayurveda, you may choose to contact one of our Ayurveda Practitioners Gurnam Saini or Pooja Saini in Melbourne. Both of our practitioners are Qualfied Ayurveda Doctors from India. You may contact us at "Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic".  People who can't reach us personally, may choose for online Ayurveda consultation. 

 

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28849547

  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4933926/

  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3946321/

  4. Singh, A., & Singh, S. K. (2018). Ayurvedic management of Tarsal tunnel syndrome. International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharma Research, 6(6), 46-49.

  5. Tiwari, S., & Pandey, D. (2021). Clinical management of tarsal tunnel syndrome in Ayurveda: A case report. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, 6(4), 217-220.
  6. Gupta, R. K., & Kumar, A. (2019). Ayurvedic management of tarsal tunnel syndrome: A case report. Ayurlog: National Journal of Research in Ayurved Science, 7(3), 1-3.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More

 

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