Sural Nerve Impingement

What is the Sural Nerve.

The Sural nerve is a nerve the runs along the outside of the ankle joint
Sural Nerve

Ultrasound examination at The Foot and Ankle Centre can assist in diagnosing this problem.

What is Sural Nerve Impingement?

Sural Nerve Impingement is a compression neuropathy of the Sural Nerve

Depending on the area of entrapment, different areas of the foot can be affected. If the entrapment is high, the entire foot can be affected as varying branches of the Sural nerve are involved.

What can cause sural nerve impingement.

  • Previous Trauma to the Nerve
  • Scar tissue
  • Cyst formation compressing on the nerve
    Sural nerve impingement sural nerve impingement
    Cyst extending from ankle joint Caused pressure on the sural nerve
    Ankle cyst Sural nerve ultrasound

Diagnosis of Sural Nerve Impingement

Diagnosis is generally made with specific signs and symptoms – when the pain occurs and the location. Burning, electrical sensations, and tingling around the outside of the ankle are common

At the Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre we are able to provide additional information about the presence of sural nerve impingement with ultrasound examination.


Treatment of Sural Nerve impingement

The aim of treatment is to reduce the irritation of the sural nerve , this is achieved by reducing pressure on the nerve. This can be achieve with:

  • Orthotics with a lateral rearfoot post –
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Surgery
  • Aspiration of the ankle cyst



The Ankle, Foot and Orthotic Centre’s Northcote Podiatrists can help you with all lower limb complaints, including sural nerve impingement. Make an appointment to get your foot and ankle pain under control.

Expert Podiatrists for the treatment of Sural nerve entrapment servicing the areas of Northcote, Thornbury, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Carlton, North Carlton, Alphington, Fairfield, Brunswick, Coburg and Preston