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Sural Nerve Entrapment

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The sural nerve is a pure sensory nerve and can be entrapped in several different locations causing pain in the calf as well as the lateral ankle and foot. When injured by trauma or compression, neuropathic pain, burning, and cutaneous allodynia may occur. Physical examination is considered the principal method of clinical diagnosis of sural nerve neuropathies. This pain condition may be treated with nerve injections or neurolytic or surgical techniques.

Keywords

  • Sural nerve
  • Calf pain
  • Foot pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Achilles tendonitis

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Physical exam of the sural nerve at the calf (MOV 30626 kb)

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Brown, M.N., Pearce, B.S., Vanetti, T.K. (2016). Sural Nerve Entrapment. In: Trescot, A.M. (eds) Peripheral Nerve Entrapments. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27482-9_71

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