Sural nerve block
A sural nerve block is a medical procedure commonly used for pain management in the lower extremities, particularly in the foot and ankle. The sural nerve is a sensory nerve that provides innervation to the outer side of the foot and the lateral aspect of the ankle.
This procedure is often performed in outpatient settings and may be used for various reasons, including:
- Diagnostic purposes: To help identify the source of pain in the foot or ankle by temporarily numbing the sural nerve and observing the patient’s response.
- Therapeutic purposes: To provide short-term pain relief for conditions such as neuropathy, neuralgia, or postoperative pain in the foot or ankle.
Patients may experience temporary numbness or weakness in the affected area after the procedure. The duration of pain relief varies, and the effects of the anaesthetic wear off over time.
At RAD Clinics, we specialise in highly complex pain management procedures, unlike any other musculoskeletal service in the country. Our highly trained specialists still work in many NHS and private hospitals, performing more than 3000 guided pain relief injections that can range from simple soft tissue injections to very complex nerve block procedures.
Our “one-stop MSK appointment” includes consultation, diagnostic scan, and ultrasound-guided injection, if appropriate, in just one appointment. Our highly trained and skilled clinical team can help you by treating your condition swiftly and accurately through our “One-Stop MSK Appointments.”
If you are still unsure and would like to discuss this with our specialist team prior to your booking, then you can email email@example.com for more information or ring 07742986561 for a free telephone consultation with our Musculoskeletal Specialist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nerve blocks are relatively safe procedures with minimal side effects. There is a small risk of allergy and infection or slight flare up of pain that can occur immediately or within few days following the procedure. Our Musculoskeletal Specialist team will perform a complete screening prior to your procedure to ensure safety.
Short period of rest is recommended following the nerve blocks. Our Musculoskeletal Specialist will advise you regarding rest, during your appointment, according to your condition and lifestyle.
You should not drive immediately after the injection. Please organise a pick-up or arrange a taxi to return home.
Your appointment will be a “one stop shop” in which our Musculoskeletal Specialist will carry out a physical examination and ultrasound scanning to diagnose your problem. You will have plenty of opportunity to discuss your care with our specialist prior to proceeding with your injection.
Results obtained from the nerve block procedure is usually long term or permanent, however, this will depend on your specific condition.
There is no recommended limit for nerve blocks, however, this will depend on your condition and to the discretion of our Musculoskeletal Specialist prior to performing each procedure.
Corticosteroid injection is known to be safe from 2nd trimester of pregnancy. If you are aware of being pregnant at the time of booking then notify us for pre-injection screening. Nerve blocks are safe if breastfeeding.