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foot, ankle pain, numbness swelling after back surgery and broken foot

by LH
(San Jose, CA. USA)

I'll try to make this understandable. In Jan/09 I had a fracture in my foot. At the same time I had a herniated disk and had to have diskectomy and lamonectomy done. After 4 days of hospitalization I came home with severe numbness in buttocks outer leg and foot. I also have constant swelling in the same foot and a lot pain, not just where the fracture is, but near ankle and heal. It's now been 6 months. I also have redness or discoloring of that leg and foot. Constant swollen foot. I get electicral shocks in the foot and prickling sensations all over that lower leg. After getting out of my cast I'm now unable to stand on one leg, tiptoe on that side, lift up on that foot. My foot dr. re-xrayed my foot and said it was completely healed. My question to you is...Why all this swelling, pain, unable to walk more than a few steps, and can't bear weight, tiptoe, or lift up on that foot? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I can't get in answers or help with this. LHowsmon


Hi LH,
The short answer is I think your symptoms are the result of your back surgery and not your broken bone.
Swelling, tingling, numbness, discoloration are all fairly common after back surgery. Why not contact your back surgeon and let he or she take a look at you.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Dec 21, 2016
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need answers. HELP!
by: linda

recent laminectomy with disectomy, after surgery had weight bearing problems left leg. unable to control the leg. must be lifted. now with severe pitting edema.v recent DVT. resolved. what can i do? i walk with walker, but can not pick leg up or kick out. therapy not helping related to swelling and weight of leg makes no control. i just want so possible answers. thank you.echoes
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There is no easy answer here. I would suggest you get a second opinion from another back specialist.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Feb 15, 2016
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Swollen ankle with some pain 12 weeks after laminar tony and discectomy of L4-5
by: Margaretkl

hi I am having pain and swelling in my left ankle, also my big toe is still with some numbness, a family doctor at a walk in clinic is really not Much help, they just seem to want to prescribe medication when what I really want is an explanation and what can really help this, wondering if I am just being impatient??it is quite bothersome normally at end of day.....

Oct 27, 2015
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Foot swelling after discectomy
by: Anonymous

I am post L4-5 microdiscectomy of 11 weeks and still having foot and ankle swelling mainly left side where my symptoms were preop. I am walking but not as much as I want because of severe right heel Achilles tendonitis. The neurosurgeon said recovery is 4 to 6 months. I am doing some stretching exercises he recommended. My left ankle and outer calf has more pain than before surgery. My symptom was nerve pain and transient numbness in upper left thigh. I did have a sermon develop following surgery. That delayed my walking for longer than 15 minutes for nearly 3 weeks. The sermon resulted in regards sidual sciatica type pain on left. It seems to be lessening g. Question is mainly why am I having the swelling and how long will it remain? -Thanks to readers and hoping for a reply.sprite

Nov 08, 2012
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foot tingling after my surgury
by: Anonymous

I had a Tumor removed from the bottom of my foot 2 weeks ago,still have the stitches in...i am having alot of tingling in my toes and side of my foot....how normal is this???i have to stay off this foot for four weeks and i have been keeping my foot elevated..

Sep 14, 2011
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swollen ankles and fee after 7 months post op back surgery
by: Anonymous

I have since June 2011 had swollen feet and ankles. I had my back surgery Feb 2011. I have been tested for kidney problems, gout, etc. Please can someone help me with this

Jun 30, 2011
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Spine surguries and knee and ankle swelling
by: Rick

Hi. 2 Years ago I had spine surgury that fused me from the top of my spine and to the bottom of my spine. Also I had 7"screws inserted into the bottom of the spine drilling into both sides of Pelvic.. Last year and into the present I have had swelling in my ankles and my knees to the point I cannot walk. Last night I began to have even my fingers filled with edema and have problems with lack of urine. Doctors are begining to just think of names for it just to get me out of their office.. But I need help and am tired of chronic pain...any advice..I did take lasix, but still no results.

Jul 19, 2010
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weight bearing after oats 14 weeks post op
by: Pat

burning pins needles.walking on rocks.so much pain in ankle joint now. fine all before no pain. now dr. said healed now walk, What is he crazt. my family are pushing me to walk what am i to do.how long to bear weighy without excrueating pain HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 01, 2010
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same problem
by: dbug74

I just had a L5-S1 laminectomy on June 14th. I was supposed to have a microdiscectomy but because the herniated buldge was hardened, my surgeon opted to shave the bone and loosen the nerves. Apparently it was a successful surgery (for the most part) but I'm still suffering from leg and foot weakness and numbness. I do have some deep pain in the back of my left thigh and calf and I'm still hobbeling around but now that I've returned to work (2 weeks after the surgery) I'm noticing that my left ankle is swelling and calf is kind of getting red. Should I be concerned?

Sep 21, 2009
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Leg/foot problems - post back surgery
by: Jerry Lapple

2 1/2 months after back surgery/fusion. Foot numbness, swelling ankle, swollen soles sometime cause instability...slightly improving.
Leg stiffness continues but is lessening. Hamstring swelling pulling on partial knee replacement (1 1/2 yr ago) large problem. After
arising AM leg/hammy/knee pretty good however tire
throughout the day. Sitting aggrevates hammy causing increased knee discomfort and stiffness, condition is improving and I'm now walking fairly confident with less pains. Lower back pains lessening (almost tolerable), knifelike, sharp,
disabling pains are all but gone. Dull to annoying pains still sometimes linger. Recuperation is a long slow process. I have a friend who had same surgery, he and others all say it "takes a year". In the meantime I work out 6 days with 1 day off per week and the improvement is obvious. I do 3 "sets" as follows: 10 minutes stationary bike (0 resistance). 100 compresses on hand springs. 35 frontal leg lifts (35 lbs). 35 Bench presses (lying on bench)(40 lbs.) Make sure to stretch out legs and arms before starting. Drink water between "sets". Being patient is sometime difficult but it's working for me.

Aug 14, 2009
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Your problem
by: Anonymous

Five months isn't very long for healing. With my experience of 4 shoulder surgeries, 1 knee surgery and 2 carpal tunnels, it takes just about a year to fully heal. I would just give it more time. My foot Dr had told me that the swelling is the last part to go away. Just my opinion. I'm not an expert.

Aug 14, 2009
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PAIN & SWELLING 5 MONTHS AFTER FOOT SURGERY
by: Anonymous

I had foot surgery, Mortons neuroma & hammertoe repair in March 09. It's now August and my foot & leg swells daily. By the end of the day I have elephant ankles and the skin feels like it will pop. The foot dr. took xrays and said it's part of the healing process.
Sounds like a bunch of bull to me. My foot hurts more now that before the surgery.
Any thoughts?
ps, the leg feels cool like the other one to touch but the top of the foot feels warm

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