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Foot drop after surgery

When I woke up from anesthesia I realized that I had foot drop. Before surgery I had numbness but only from the knee to the ankle. I am five days out and petrified that something went wrong in the surgery. Has anybody else had this experience and what was the outcome.


  • what he says regarding the foot drop?
  • Yes, I told the surgeon about the foot drop the next day after surgery. He said to exercise it by rocking back and forward on my feet. That would be great if that foot moved. It is now 10 days post op and when i try to balance on my heels I can raise my toes on the left foot about an inch. So there is improvement.
  • Foot drop is a bit disconcerting... I'm sorry you had it after surgery. I hear that is a possible, and hopefully temporary risk with surgery. I hope you're on the mend soon with your spine.
    For the foot. Walking is great and very slow.. Deliberately slow walking is good. Try and bend your toes upwards against a wall and when you walk.. Accentuate the bending of the toes.
    Wishing the best for a speedy recovery.
    Do they have you in physio? That would really help....
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