Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS) – Weeks 4 – 8

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Hey guys!

I wanted to give everyone a quick update since I last checked in. So far my recovery has been smooth. Week 5 I developed a crazy wet foot feeling in my toes. Kind of a weird feeling. Still no running or heavy loading on the foot. Week 6 I went back to the doctor for a checkup and he said everything is looking great. I told him about the numbness and a little pain here and there. He says that it’s all normal and going well. He did mention that if I still have these feelings at our next visit he will send me to physical therapy for 3 weeks.

Week 7 came around and the numbness and the wet toe feeling went away. Well – the numbness is still there but progressively getting better. I started loading my leg at the gym. Such as squatting, lunges, and dead lifting. I am not going too heavy but it’s a start. This has been a lot more than what I usually do. You have to be smart about it. If you feel something is off – STOP what you doing. Listen to your body. I am still having a little trouble doing cardio such as the elliptical. I can only do 10 to 15 minutes then the affected foot goes numb.

Week 8 is here and I have experienced a huge improvement at the gym, work, and home.  I can do a lot more time on cardio. My weights are up on the lower body. I can stand the whole day with minimal pain. While at home it feels like I am back to my normal life, including going up and down a thousand steps and playing with my kids. Don’t get me wrong – the numbness sometimes comes back here and there and maybe a little pain in the foot, but that’s because I overdo it all the time. Overall, since I got the surgery, I have no doubt in my mind I would do this again on my other foot. Unfortunately, yes, I do have to get the other foot done at some point. My recovery from this has been great. However, I need my left foot to be at its best before I consider the right one. Additionally, I will be restricted from driving longer when I get my right done. I can always learn to drive with my left foot! haha Remember go in strong and come out strong. Set your mind right. You can overcome anything if you put your mind to it.

Week 8 incision site

5 Comments. Leave new

  • Carrie Brooks
    January 18, 2020 7:31 pm

    How is your foot doing???
    I have Tarsel Tunnel . I’m doing p/t and strengthen my feet .

    • Hi Carrie. 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.

  • Aaron Thibodeaux
    March 30, 2020 11:07 pm

    Hi Dan Bowen, my name is Aaron Thibodeaux and I live in Louisiana. I’ve got chronic TTS in my left foot and mild in my right. Was seeing if you ever had time or a chance I’d like to ask you some questions. I hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi Dan. I’ve developed tarsal tunnel in my left ankle. It’s killing me at night time. Getting a surgical release soon and have had no idea what to expect. It’s been helpful and encouraging reading about your experience. Thank you.


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