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No "push-off" on right foot after L5-S1 microdisectomy

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. 



  • Hi-you just told my story. It's my L foot, and I walk on my heel and outer side of foot. I live in light sandals as a shoe is heavy and hard to lift.(tripping). I'm 12 years in. The surgery helped with the back pain but created new problems. I got  a bakers cyst behind my knee and a torn meniscus. I feel this is from my gait but surgeon won't confirm. Knee surgery repaired tear, but this new pain is  ongoing. I've begun having a lot of hip pain and  really have trouble with my balance.  I can't stand in place and only walk short distances without a walking stick. I'm exhausted all the time and am having trouble working for 8 hours. I'm maxed on my pain meds(if I still want to function). Talk about quality of life-I've forgot what that is. 

    Hopefully you've found some relief! It was good to vent to someone who truly understands.

    Thanks for reading

  • LizLiz Posts: 9,712

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I have to close it. If they return we can reopen the discussion.


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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