If you are feeling tingling, burning, numbness, and shooting ankle pain that is similar to an electric shock, you may be experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome. This set of symptoms appear when there’s a compression of the posterior tibial nerve that runs along the inside of the ankle. For this condition, it is important to see a doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms. If left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome can create permanent nerve damage.
It’s also possible that you have torn or inflamed your posterior tibial tendon. In this case, you could experience pain on the inside of your foot that gets worse with activities like running. You may also have pain on the outside of the ankle and notice a fallen arch on the affected foot. To initially treat posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, rest from activities, ice your foot, and make an appointment with a doctor.
There are many reasons for pain on the inside of your ankle—including deltoid ligament sprains, synovitis, and stress fractures. See Dr. Brian McDowell as soon as you can to make sure you have the right diagnosis. The McDowell Podiatry Group can be reached in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434.