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Big Toe/ Bottom Foot synptoms

Just wondering if anybody know what could be causing pain/ nerve related symptoms in my left big toe and bottom of foot? I am one week post surgery of a L5-S1 microdiscectomy which was giving me sciatic symptoms in left leg. I don't know if its post op inflammation or if there's a herniation issue on another level. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated!


  • Dear Venom,
    I had discectomy/laminotomy surgery in October at L5-S1. Surgery decompresses the nerve and relieves the pressure from the herniated disc. From my experience, it isn't uncommon to have increased pain along the inflamed nerve pathways (dermatomes) directly after surgery. It takes a while for the nerve to calm down and sometimes the nerve signals run amok for a bit. The nerve heals very slowly. I found that icing down the incision area and wearing very supportive sneakers with a wide toe box helped a little bit. (get someone else to put on the shoes.) I also had a pair of slip on cushy shoes that were slightly large. If these symptoms are new and really painful, why don't you give the surgeon a call? I wish you the best for a speedy and safe recovery!
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