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Foot Drop

I had L4/L5 discectomy on June 4th 2014 due to a foot drop condition that happened when I was in the emergency room. Meaning the foot drop condition only occurred for about a total of 6-7 hrs before the emergence surgery. Well, it’s been 10 months now and the dorsiflex motion has still not returned. I walk better, in the gym 3x’s a week and I feel that my leg is getting stronger and my balance better, but it’s very frustrating. My question is has anyone had a similar condition and how long does it take to heal if at all?


  • ive had foot drop for 9 months due to a herniated disc L4/L5 same has you,,, but they delayed giving me an mri even though I had warning signs, foot drop, numbness etc,,, got it 2 weeks later has I complained but then I got referred to a different hospital didn't get my results till 6 weeks after,,,surgeon said it had been left to long and prob not recover,, I had a micro discectomy in September to stop pain in leg,,,,,, I still have the foot drop hasn't improved ,my toes move a bit,,, have numbness still,,on nerve pain meds for foot drop,,, I have wear am AFO outside otherwise I would trip and fall,, try not use inside has the ground is flat,,,,
    I believe it can take years to recover the nerve grows back 1 mm a month I've been told,,,
    Do you wear an AFO,,
    Very frustrating isn't it,,
  • I have had foot drop for 6 years ( left foot). having lumbar laminectomy on Monday.
    I have fallen about 10 times over those years. Unfortunately I have lost a lot of muscle
    at this point............I will try anything I am 66 years old tooooooo young for the wheel chair!
    Your chances are far better than mine.
    Please don`t give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • I had foot drop before my fusion four months ago. The left leg is still weaker than the right and I have some balance problems but am starting to see some improvement . Returned to the gym recently and am working on it. Give it lots of time.
  • I have had left foot drop as a complication of my multi level lumbar spinal fusion with instrumentation. I also had surgery a exploratory decompressive at the fibula head this was Sept of 2013. The fusion was June 2013. I have since then been in lot of pain, I was told to file for disability in Sept of 2013 by my neurosurgeon and ortho surgeon . I am only 47 but was 45 at the time, I of course was denied because they said the foot drop should heal in time. Well it has been 1 year and 1/2 almost 2, I have .my hearing 4/22/15 with 4 doctors backing me. I just had a spinal cord stimulator implanted for pain control. I am getting sleepy so good luck keep us updated

  • SysgmxSSysgmx Posts: 8
    edited 10/11/2017 - 2:56 PM

    Ok it’s been three and a half years without any improvements. What options do I have at this point?

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