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What Is Sinus Tarsi Syndrome?

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 00:00

Sinus tarsi syndrome, also known as sinus tarsitis, is an injury to an area of the foot called the sinus tarsi that may follow an ankle sprain, be caused by repetitive strain to the foot and ankle, or arise due to abnormal foot biomechanics. The sinus tarsi is a small, cylinder-shaped cavity located between the foot bone (talus) and the heel bone (calcaneus). Several ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves pass through the sinus tarsi and play an important role in helping us balance and sense movement. When this area becomes inflamed, it can lead to a deep pain and tenderness over the outside of the ankle, instability, and stiffness. Fortunately, this condition is fairly rare and easy to recover from given the correct diagnosis and care. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule a visit with a podiatrist near you.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. John P. Beaupied from Palos Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Palos Heights, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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