What is compartment syndrome?
Compartment syndrome, a build-up of pressure within the tissue of the foot, is a painful condition that can result in tissue damage. Potential causes are injury (acute compartment syndrome) or exercise (exertional compartment syndrome).
Symptoms of compartment syndrome
Symptoms include aching, burning, or cramping and can be confused with shin splints. The symptoms are usually relieved by discontinuing the exercise.
Treating compartment syndrome
When compartment syndrome occurs following an injury, immediate surgery is required to prevent damage to the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles of the foot.