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Hello. I had an L5-S1 microdisectomy in April 2016. Although the severe pain subsided, I've lost my ability to push off with my right foot. This means I walk with a limp, which creates it's own set of muscular problems, and have a terrible and painful callous on my heel. Since all of my weight is on my right heel when I walk, it is like an extreme bruise that will never heel.
Since surgery, I've been fitted for a carbon fiber leg brace, which is supposed to force my foot to push off. However, the brace causes another set of issues and pain.
I had an EMG which showed the S1 nerve is still damaged, and have been diagnosed with radiculopathy of the right extremity. I do not want to use the term "permanently " damage, as I hope it will eventually heal.
I'd like to know if anyone else has experienced this, and how they were able to find relief or a remedy. The pain in my heel is absolutely affecting my quality of life, as I am unable to walk or stand for a long amount of time.
Thank you for your input.