I've been having ongoing toe drop and foot numbness in my left foot since my L4/L5 surgery in July 2009.
Went and had an EMG done today and found out that unfortunately the damage is permanent. Physician believes that damage was done at the time of the herniation due to the severity of the ruptured disc.
Not to be the bearer of bad news, but there are times when the herniation is so severe even immediate surgery won't help. I had my surgery within 2 days of the herniation.
I'm pretty bummed out. At 37 years old, I literally have a disability that won't allow me to participate in sports anymore, even with an orthotic. Oh well, it could always be worse I guess.