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Individuals with tibial neuropathy may have difficulty standing on their toes

The tibial nerve runs along the back of the leg, through the ankle, and across the bottom of the foot. When a patient is suffering from tibial neuropathy, they will experience symptoms like pain, burning, itching, tingling, weakness, and numbness in the leg, ankle, sole of the foot, or toes. Some patients also lose mobility or extension throughout the foot, inhibiting certain movements like standing on tiptoes or walking normally. This occurs when the radial nerve is damaged or pinched, due to trauma (like from an accident), certain prolonged repetitive motions, or other conditions (like diabetes or arthritis).

If the symptoms are believed to be caused by another disorder, doctors will look to treat the patient’s underlying disease while also treating the symptoms of tibial neuropathy. The most common treatments include icing treatments, physical therapy, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory medication, and rest. In some cases when the nerve is compressed, the patient may need to undergo surgery to release the nerve and alleviate symptoms.

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