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Will Foot Numbness Go Away?

katieellisonkkatieellison Posts: 1
Hello everyone,

About three weeks ago the top of my foot, up to halfway up my calve went almost completely numb. I am unable to lift my foot upwards ( as you would when driving) and walking is really difficult as I cannot lift my toes, so I end up tripping all the time. My doctor said it is a pinched nerve, I had an MRI today, and she said surgery is the most likely option since it is not getting better at all.
I started to really research today and saw many posts on forums that the pain goes away after surgery, but usually not the numbness. This is scaring me because if this numbness does not go away I will not be able to drive, or return to my current job. Has anyone had a similar situation? How long, if at all, did it take for the numbness to go away?


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  • It sounds like you have got a foot drop,have they not mentioned this,, I had a slipped disc 9 months ago that trapped my nerve,, it gave me a foot drop straight away numbness unable to lift my foot up and sideways,, my leg has numbness on the side And my big toe and next to it are numb also on top of foot,,, I had a microdiscetomy in September to relieve pain in my leg only,, they warned me that it would not improve my foot drop which it didn't but it helped with pain in leg only,,,,,
    I still have foot drop and numbness hasn't improved after 9 months I can move my toes but only a bit can't even bend them but could do this when I got it,,, apparently it can take along time for the nerve to recover if it is going to,,,, I'm seeing a orthopaedic tomorrow has my tendon is realy tight see what they say,,,, I hope you get some answers,
    I have to wear a splint has I drag my foot and trip over my toes,,,, the splint helps a lot,,, I'm on nerve pain meds has my big toe is affected the most ,,, I get shooting pains in it ,,,, the surgeon did tell me if the hospital sent me to him straight away he could have saved my foot was a delay in getting my mri and results 1 1/2 months ,,,,
    Hope you get it seen to soon,, take care debbie
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