What You Need to Know About Foot and Ankle Compression

Posted by Alan - January 15, 2021

ankle in physio session

When a nerve is under stress repeatedly, the covering of the nerve will start to break down, and the fluid will leak, which will cause swelling and inflammation. Nerve entrapment, also known as nerve compression or a pinched nerve, if not treated, could lead to long-term injury and scarring of the nerve. 


Nerve entrapment often happens in the foot and ankle. Foot and ankle compression can be incredibly frustrating because it can affect your daily activities. Here are some common nerve disorders: 


  • Morton's neuroma: When the tissue around the nerves in the toe and ball thicken, you'll experience constant burning and pain in the ball area of your foot.
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome: The passageway holding tendons and nerves, such as the tibial nerve, that allows your foot to flex and move is the tarsal tunnel. When the tibial nerve is compressed, you'll experience shooting pains, numbness or burning.
  • Peroneal neurotherapy: You'll find the peroneal nerve below the knee and when it is damaged, it can cause immense pain and can be difficult for you to raise your toes, ankles and feet. 
  • Baxter's nerve entrapment: If the lateral plantar nerve becomes compressed in the heel, you'll feel shooting pain in the heel and sole. This nerve runs from your foot to the inner ankle and straight to the side of your little toe. 


To deal with this, many patients get physiotherapy in Brisbane to help relieve the nerve from pressure, treat the area and learn preventative techniques. 

Topics: Sprained Ankle