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