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foot not working

grammyggrammy Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in New Member Introductions
I was wondering if anyone had the same problem I have.
I had a very large herniated disc at l5s1. with lots of pain in back and leg and foot.I did pt for 5 weeks with no help. Then 2 Epidural steroid injections with no help. Then had mircodisc. surgery on8/20/08. I feel great very little pain. I have gotten back most of my calf mussle. But my foot still does not work. I can not stand on my tippie toes.There for I have no push off when I walk. When I walk I am flat footed, I still walk with a cane.


  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i do not have your problems but we all have pain in common. i am glad you found treatments to help you feel better. perhaps 5 weeks is not enough PT. what has your doctor suggested? good luck and i hope to see you around the forum!
  • Hi Grammy,

    I have weakness and loss of function in my left leg and foot from stenosi so can't say from personal experience. I responding because my mom had slap/drop foot a few years ago due to a herniated disc. She too had surgery. It took her about a year to recover. I know that sounds like forever, but keep exercising to build up strength and retrain your muscles. I've read over and over that when the symptoms are acute (meaning that you lost function rapidly and got surgery right away) you have a far better chance of regaining function. Long term nerve damage is supposedly harder to gain back.
    Good luck!
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  • Hi Grammy,

    I had a lumbar fusion in '03 (covering L5-S1) from damage I sustained during, well, let's just call it a training accident. The surgery went fine, and I have had no complaints save one, ever since the surgery I cannot feel my left foot; anything from an inch above the ankle joint itself down to the toes, is just gone. I, like you, sometimes have a hard time with the 'planters-reflex' and my lateral movement is greatly reduced. This problem for me is further complicated that at some point (during another training exercise) after my surgery until now, I have snapped some tendons in my ankle (further adding insult to injury).

    So, morale of my story is that if you are having problems with the foot / ankle since your surgery... make it a point to see a foot and ankle specialist. If nothing else they can make sure you don't do any further damage to the area, and if need be put you in something (a brace or wrap) to provide some stability to the region.

    In my case I am being told that this is a form of Stenosis, and I am working on getting scheduled to see my NS to resolve this issue. (So I can go back to my foot and ankle guy and get surgery from him, to repair the ankle)...

    -Wow... I am sad for your pain Grammy, but at the same time, I feel a little better knowing that I am not alone in this....

  • Was the month wrong or the year?
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