Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common source of hand numbness and pain. It is more common in women than men and affects up to 10 percent of the population. It is caused by increased pressure on a nerve entering the hand through the confined space of the carpal tunnel. Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) is similar to carpal tunnel, but occurs in the ankle and causes pain in the foot.
Symptoms of CTS and TTS can often be relieved without surgery. Treatment often begins with a brace or splint worn at night to keep the wrist or ankle in a natural position. Splints can also be worn during activities that aggravate symptoms. Simple medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help decrease pain as well as avoiding repetitive movement of your wrist or ankle. Sometimes a corticosteroid injection will provide temporary relief, but symptoms may come back.
If your CTS or TTS continues to bother you and you do not gain relief from non-surgical treatments, surgery can be effective in relieving symptoms. Because CTS and TTS are not dangerous problems, the decision whether to have surgery is based mostly on the severity of your symptoms and the recommendation from your healthcare provider.
The extensive orthopedic resources available at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) are among the best in the nation. ORMC is a teaching hospital which combines the most knowledgeable physicians from around the country, the latest technology, and the most innovative research treatments together to help our patients recover full mobility.