I am new member and would very much appreciate some advice on my back/foot problem. I have been reading posts from this forum since last year and have found them very useful.
To give you an overview, I am a 44 year old female. I herniated disc L5/S1 in my lower back in September 2013. This caused agonising pain down my left leg and pins/needles and numbness in my foot. I lost the full use of my foot due to nerve damage and cannot go up on tiptoe, so walk with a limp. I had a microdiscetomy in November 2013. The surgeon explained to me that the surgery was to relieve me of the pain and there were no guarantees my foot would recover. I am now 4 months on from the surgery and, although I have regained most of the feeling in my foot, aside from a patch just below my little toe, I still cannot take any weight on the foot, cannot go up on tiptoe and cannot walk properly. Also, my calf muscle has wasted away due to the nerve damage/lack of use. I am having physio but she is very cautious about whether I will get any improvement in my foot and says to concentrate on strengthening back/leg muscles and things may improve. I don't want to limp for the rest of my life :-(.
I would love to hear from anyone who has the same issue with their foot and whether they have had any improvement over time.
Herniated L5/S1 disc - September 2013. Microdiscectomy - November 2013