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Foot drop

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Lower Back Pain
Can foot drop be caused by lower back problems??


  • Indeed. It is a sign that a spinal nerve in the lumbar spine is badly compressed. You should contact a spinal specialist, either an orthopedic SPINAL surgeon, or a neurosurgeon right away. The longer the nerve is "pinched," the greater the chances are for permanent damage.
  • Hi, I had a real problem with sciatica which caused nerve damage in my outer calf down to my foot and across the right foot. Later when the sciatica calmed down but I still had back pain, my foot and leg were still numb and weak. This was one of the reasons I had L3-S1 back fusion. I was told that the nerve damage would get worse, but not better due to any sugery. I had the surgery and I still had a numb foot.
  • I had it & am now recovering from it. -You can hear my story here.
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