Hi, I had an L4 discectomy around 6 months ago - progress since has been slow but steady and last month or two has been good - i can nearly touch my toes now!
Following having to spend far too long at my desk for a week, this week I've been having bad pain on the outside/bottom of my foot. I thought maybe I'd strained a muscle but the pain hasn't gone away and also now affects my calf; I'm worried it may be S1 sciatica, as it seems to be in the appropriate area :-| I'm particularly worried, as I've never had sciatica in this area before may indicate a separate problem to my original one, which would be quite devastating considering that I've only just began to feel recovered from it.
The thing that's keeping me hopeful is that it doesn't radiate all the way up my leg and through my thigh. Also, it started in my foot - previous sciatica (and I had it for years) started high up and only gradually worked its way to my foot. I don't have any particular back pain...
Any S1 sciatica sufferers: can you tell me if this is unusual? Would you expect it to start so strongly in the foot? Am I worried about nothing and maybe it's a strain?