Sural nerve entrapment

The sural nerve provides sensation to your foot and its entrapment can lead to pain in the leg or foot area

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The sural nerve is located in your lower leg. It lies very close to the short saphenous vein, which is a major vein located in your calf. It sends sensory information from the calf and foot to your brain. Entrapment is when the nerve gets pulled and trapped in scar tissue, usually following surgery.

Need to know

  • pain in the foot and/or leg
  • pain in the Achilles heel
  • numbness or tinging sensations in the affected area
Your consultant will speak to you about your symptoms and perform a physical examination of the affected part of your body. They may also perform the Tinel's test, which involves lightly tapping at the site of the nerve. If this causes tingling, pins and electric shocks, the test is positive.
  • Self-care measures such as not putting pressure on the affected area, elevating the foot and putting ice on it.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Steroid injections to reduce inflammation and stress on the nerve.
  • Surgery to release the entrapped nerve.

Our Sural nerve entrapment locations

SPECIALIST UNIT  London Neurosurgery Partnership

SPECIALIST UNIT London Neurosurgery Partnership

78 Harley Street W1G 7HJ London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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