I have had lower back pain on and off for the last 10+ years and in August it reached it,s peak. I had a very large protrusion at L5 S1 and a moderate protrusion at L4 L5. I lost strength in my left foot, could not push off on my toes and had developed a limp as a result. After a few weeks, the leg pain got unbearable and I could not walk or move. I was taken to hospital and had a microdisecomy on the L5 S1 disc on august 23rd. This releaved the pain, but still had numbness on the left of my foot and weakness in the ankle which I was told is normal and should go away as the nerves heal. The numbness has slightly abated and I have regained some of the strength in my ankle, I can walk on my toes and also do a few toe lifts on my left foot , lifting my body weight. The more I walk, and if I need to walk fast, my limp worsens. I have also recently started to notice swelling around my left ankle. Should I have concerns about this swelling, what would be casuing this? I will be trying accupuncture to see if that can help me and will probably try physio after that. The weakness in the ankle and loss of balance that this cuses is extremly frustrating.