Lateral Ankle Instability


Why is my ankle tingling?

If you hit your “funny bone” in your elbow, it can really can tingle and hurt because your funny bone is actually a nerve that sends odd feelings to your brain when bumped. If it feels like you have a funny bone sensation in your ankle, you might have tarsal tunnel syndrome.

The tunnel is formed by your ankle bones and a ligament called the flexor retinaculum. Inside the tunnel run the tendons, blood vessels, and nerves that help operate the rest of your feet and toes. The posterior tibial nerve can tingle and hurt just like your funny bone if it is compressed, pinched, or damaged. Causes vary from flat feet that make your ankle tilt, a cyst or tumor that presses on the nerve, or an injury that causes the tissue around it to swell up. Pain, numbness, and tingling are common symptoms that result.

If this sounds like what you are experiencing, bring your tingly ankle to us for evaluation. We can pinpoint the reason and design the right treatment—from rest and cold therapy to custom-designed orthotics and braces. Reach Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, Golden, Evergreen, or Granby, CO at (303) 423-2520.

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