What is Exertional Compartment Syndrome?

CECS occurs when reduced blood flow, causing temporary pressure drop within muscle compartments after activity, leads to persistent symptoms. While not harmful, many choose fasciotomy, a procedure relieving symptoms.

Anatomy of Foot and Ankle

Complex joints of 26 bones, 33 joints, and various soft tissues support movement and balance. Ligaments, muscles, tendons, and cartilage work together for seamless function.

Causes of Exertional Compartment Syndrome

Doctors conduct a compartment pressure test before and after exercise. High pressure readings indicate chronic compartment syndrome, guiding medical or surgical recommendations.

Treatment of Exertional Compartment Syndrome

  • Pain medications, physical therapy, and orthotics may offer initial relief.
  • Adjusting exercise techniques or taking breaks can help.
  • Injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox) may provide relief, but more research is needed.
  • Fasciotomy, a surgical procedure, effectively relieves pressure by cutting open inflexible tissue. Minimally invasive options may reduce recovery time.

If symptoms persist, worsen, or if there’s a need for sustained relief, consult with our expert care team at South Bend Orthopedic for personalized guidance and potential intervention. Your well-being is our priority, and we’re here to assist you on your path to recovery.