Sinus Tarsi Pain (Sinus Tarsi Syndrome)


What is Sinus Tarsi Pain (Sinus Tarsi Syndrome)?

Sinus tarsi pain otherwise called sinus tarsi syndrome is pain located on the outside of the ankle.

Sinus Tarsi SyndromeWhen you have this problem typically you will have pain in the area seen above. People with sinus tarsi syndrome will have pain when walking and can sometimes ache after heavy activity.

Causes of Sinus Tarsi pain

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When the foot is neutral the sinus tarsi is aligned and there is no compression of the tissues. When the foot is flat or pronated the sinus tarsi is compressed and can cause pain (sinus tarsi syndrome.

Sinus Tarsi Certain factors are though to increase the risk for sinus tarsi pain including

  • Non- Supportive footwear
  • Flat arched feet
  • Trauma
  • Hypermobile foot posture

Sinus tarsi pain can also start after a lateral ankle sprain 

Diagnosis of Sinus Tarsi pain (Sinus Tarsi Syndrome)

Diagnosis is generally made with specific signs and symptoms – when the pain occurs and the location.

Generally no imaging modalities (X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI) will indicate any problems.

Sometimes with severe irritation there is inflammation in the sinus tarsi (see below)

Sinus tarsi ultrasound


Treatment of Sinus Tarsi pain (Sinus Tarsi Syndrome)

We are able to provide you the latest techniques  to reduce the pain from sinus tarsi irritation

We are able to provide:

Deep Heel Cup Orthotic



The Foot and Ankle Centre’s Northcote Podiatrists and Orthotists can help you with all lower limb complaints, including Sinus Tarsi syndrome. Make an appointment to get your foot and ankle pain under control.

Expert Podiatrists in the treatment of Sinus Tarsi Pain servicing the areas of Northcote, Thornbury, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Carlton, North Carlton, Alphington, Fairfield, Brunswick, Coburg and Preston