Have you ever suffered a sprained foot or ankle while playing sports or be unlucky enough to have them while you are just simply walking or running? What if you really do manage to get one but no matter what you do to it, it simply does not heal properly? Well sometimes a sprain isn’t really a sprain at all but is a symptom of another affliction altogether. The Sinus Tarsi Syndrome is one such thing. You may think it as a common sprain initially, but it really does not respond to common sprain treatment and careful observation by a qualified practitioner is needed to address it properly.
What is the Sinus Tarsi Syndrome?
The Sinus Tarsi is the region on the outside of your foot between the ankle and the talus bone. It looks like a kind of depression on the area and in it contains ligaments, nerve endings, veins and arteries. It is a sort of junction between the structures of the foot that anything that affects nearby areas has a chance to affect the Sinus Tarsi. Any condition that affects the Sinus Tarsi is called a Sinus Tarsi Syndrome.
What Causes Sinus Tarsi Syndrome?
The main reason of it developing is if you have severely pronated foot (flat footedness), wherein structures that form the arc in the foot are weak or is compromised. It is also known to occur after spraining on the foot, and may also be precipitated by repeated stress, acquired from either walking or running, bearing down on the area.
What are the Signs that you have Sinus Tarsi Syndrome?
People who have Sinus Tarsi afflictions usually feel pain on the outside of the foot near the ankles. Tenderness and swelling in the area are also sometimes exhibited, while stiffness and pain are typically felt after long periods of rest or is unused. The pain usually subsides to a lesser degree once the area has been warmed up considerably, but jacks up again when walking upon inclined or uneven surfaces where the foot is sort of twisted or deformed.
How is the Sinus Tarsi Syndrome Treated?
Initial response to the condition requires the placement of ice and elevation of the area affected once the pain sets in. Resting of the foot is a must and taking of pain medicine could help alleviate the pain that is experienced. Continued treatment programs includes, among other things, anti-inflammatories, immobilization, sport ankle sleeves, oral or injected steroid and podiatric shoes to maintain proper foot posture. Surgery is not often required but physical therapy on the area is highly recommended.
Sinus Tarsi Syndrome is a problem which often occurs following any injury to the foot such as ankle and other foot sprains. It usually also happen to people who are flat footed or have overused their feet for prolonged periods of time. Diagnosing it properly and timely is very important to significantly decrease the risk of exacerbating it. Simple treatments work efficiently most of the time and surgery on the area is rarely advised but should be contemplated if the basic treatment is deemed inadequate.
Published: June 18, 2014