Posted on a few people's posts and hoping someone cane help. I am 4 weeks post an L5/S1 fusion. It has been about 9 months or so since i started having the following pain: the left side of my left foot always feels either inflamed, swollen, burning or cutting pain. Surgeon says the S1 nerve runs along the outside of both feet so likely the nerve pain coming out the end of the nerve but he has never heard of this before. Surgeon is extremely well rated in the Chicagoland area and has completed thousands of fusions. Basically it feels like I am walking on a long rod on the entire left side of my left foot. The pain goes from a hard feeling to sensitive pain, to burning or occasionally a cutting pain. Im struggling to maintain hope that it will go away some day. Makes it difficult to walk or sit at times cuz every day it seems to either start off at 10 pain or sometimes 1, but is always gets more painful throughout every day like a roller coaster. HAS Anyone ever heard of this type of pain on the outside of left foot?