Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS) – 1 Year Follow Up

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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS) – 1 Year Follow Up

Dan Bowen Tarsal Tunnel Update Personal Trainer Blog

Dan Bowen Hiking 1 Year After Tarsal Tunnel Release Surgery

Hey everyone! Just checking in after 1 year from having tarsal tunnel surgery (TTS).

Let me tell you – one of the best decisions that I ever made was having this surgery.  Life now with having my foot back is fantastic.  My pain level has really decreased over this past year. It did actually take the full year to recover. I had numbness leading up to month 11. Thankfully, once the one year came around, no more numbness.

When comparing my activity level prior to surgery, I have 100 percent on my life back. I am back hiking up mountains, lifting,  and squatting  with no problems. I am still a little weak in the ankle, but that will hopefully continue to strengthen with time and hard work. Once in a blue moon I feel a phantom pain in the foot. I just keep telling myself – it’s all in your head, Dan. Reflecting back, I am so glad that I did the surgery.  Before surgery, I could barely get around without stopping all of the time when my family and I would be out at the park or on hikes. But now they have a hard time keeping up with me 🙂

Going forward, I now have to consider on doing my other foot. It’s not as bad as my left  foot was, which had to be done. I’m giving myself another year to make my decision.  Don’t get me wrong the first few days of doing the first foot surgery sucked, but I plowed through them. I just tell people stay strong minded and you can get through anything.

11 Comments. Leave new

  • Hi there! Glad to hear your doing great. I too have it both feet from running. Would you say after a year you have no pain anymore ?

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    • Hi Renee, sorry to hear you are going through the same thing. I am actually going through testing again as I am now 2 years post-op and experiencing the same symptoms. Tarsal tunnel is a tricky beast. Looking to see what additional Doctors have to say. Check back soon for an update on our findings.

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    • Hi Renee. Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, the symptoms of TTS have returned. I have seen many new Doctors over the past 6 months and it looks like I will be going in for another surgery in the fall. It will be a revision surgery while hopefully adding something to combat the scar tissue that is pressing up on the nerves. Additionally, I am going to need a gastrocnemius achilles lengthening. I have learned that it is important to meet with an AENS surgeon: https://www.aens.us/aens/default.asp. I am posting a new blog tonight and will be meeting with the surgeon again in September. Will keep everyone posted. Stay positive and remain the course. This is a very trying condition.

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  • Dan hows the tarsal tunnel pain in the foot you had operated on doing?

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    • Hi Tom. Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, the symptoms of TTS have returned. I have seen many new Doctors over the past 6 months and it looks like I will be going in for another surgery in the fall. It will be a revision surgery while hopefully adding something to combat the scar tissue that is pressing up on the nerves. Additionally, I am going to need a gastrocnemius achilles lengthening. I have learned that it is important to meet with an AENS surgeon: https://www.aens.us/aens/default.asp. I am posting a new blog tonight and will be meeting with the surgeon again in September. Will keep everyone posted. Stay positive and remain the course. This is a very trying condition.

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  • Renee iovine
    April 4, 2021 8:15 pm

    Hi Dan!!

    Hope all is well! Are you having the same symptoms you had prior to your surgery? The one you mentioned in your blog? It came back after surgery ? Or is this one the other foot.

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  • Hi Dan, hope you’re doing ok – sorry to hear you are going through testing again. I am thinking about going through surgery but it’s a tricky decision. Any advice would be appreciated 🙂 Thanks

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    • Hi Scarlett. Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, the symptoms of TTS have returned. I have seen many new Doctors over the past 6 months and it looks like I will be going in for another surgery in the fall. It will be a revision surgery while hopefully adding something to combat the scar tissue that is pressing up on the nerves. Additionally, I am going to need a gastrocnemius achilles lengthening. I have learned that it is important to meet with an AENS surgeon: https://www.aens.us/aens/default.asp. I am posting a new blog tonight and will be meeting with the surgeon again in September. Will keep everyone posted. Stay positive and remain the course. This is a very trying condition.

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  • Monica Hartig
    July 27, 2021 3:06 pm

    Thank you, Dan, for posting your journey. I find myself coming back to read your posts even though I have 1,000 times before. It gives me a lot of hope! I am 6 weeks out of my left foot. Hoping to do my right foot ASAP. I thought I was crazy for thinking I had phantom pain until reading this! I am so glad you are doing better! TTS is no joke. Good luck with your second, hope you get some relief soon.

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    • Hi Monica. Thanks for reaching out. I truly hope you are having a good recovery and it sticks for you. Unfortunately, the symptoms of TTS have returned. I have seen many new Doctors over the past 6 months and it looks like I will be going in for another surgery in the fall. It will be a revision surgery while hopefully adding something to combat the scar tissue that is pressing up on the nerves. Additionally, I am going to need a gastrocnemius achilles lengthening. I have learned that it is important to meet with an AENS surgeon: https://www.aens.us/aens/default.asp. I am posting a new blog tonight and will be meeting with the surgeon again in September. Will keep everyone posted. Stay positive and remain the course. This is a very trying condition.

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  • Hi Dan, I have it in both my feet as well. I’m looking into having the surgery to get it fixed. I’m a very active guy so I’m looking forward to getting this fixed. I was wondering what your thoughts are of the operation now that you are two years removed? Thanks.

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