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Can;t stand on tip toes on left foot

On Dec 27th 2013 I had a siatica flare up. The original back injury was 2 years prior with extreme pain in the left leg from *** to toes. It lasted few days and went away in time on it's own. I seemed to be fine except very slight tingling in left foot. Could walk and run as before. I dd get an MRI and it showed a herniated disc but I was advised against surgery since there was no pain. I was told the nerve would slowly regenerate a mm a day or something like that.

The 2013 event came out of nowhere and I was in pain except when laying down it was slightly better from Friday night until I called the DR on Sunday the 29th and got a prescription for pain killers. That got rid of the pain and then I saw a doctor the same DR as before who was a back and spine specialist and a Professor at George Washington University here in DC. He did say I was not a candidate for an injection in my back or for surgery and the usual warnings that surgery may make tings worse and again told me it would take a lot of time for the nerve to heal.

Today over 2 and a half years later I have some numbness in the lower left leg on  the outside and the ball of my left foot is numb and feels like it has a bulge in it. I don't push off when I walk, can't stand on my toes on that foot and walk sometimes with a limp and occasionally the left side of mu foot gives out and I almost fall over. I did do PT for a few months in 2014 but at $500 an hour for traction and then do my home exercises on their table and a woman moving my foot from side to side I had had enough. I was not making progress. My muscle in the left leg is almost 2" smaller than the muscle in the right leg.

I need to exercise it or find a way to build the muscle back up. I am 55 and worried it will get weaker and something will eventually brake or I;ll not be able to walk well. At 55 years old this makes me wonder if I'll make it 10 ears or so until I can retire before I become disabled due to this condition. I am thinking it is too late for any intervention anyway unless I were to have another siatica attack and was in pain.

Are there any recommendations or something that is working for others? Something I can do at home or while out walking would help.  Oh and BTW that same DR told me to walk a lot.But if I walk a lot the numbness gets worse and I really start to limp badly and it wears my leg and foot out.

Thanks for any insight you might have.
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I have the same problem. With diligent research I’ve found several others (online) with the same complaint. Mine is the result of a surgical screw up at Vanderbilt.
The most frustrating thing is that none of the victims has gotten a diagnosis with a name for the condition. I term it “the opposite of foot drop.” It’s as if the medical community doesn’t recognize it as a problem.
Little or no improvement is ever reported. I’ve tried PT and exercises for years. Now I’m searching for braces or electro-stimulation to help me regain a decent walking gait.
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Sounds like drop foot.  Buy foot orthotic and wear it every day.  
Unfortunately it is more than drop foot. The nerve isn't functioning and so the muscle in my leg is wasting away. I haven't found anything to help. In the next week or so I am going to a neurosurgeon to have the nerve tested to see what if anything can be done.  I need the muscle to support the bone which helps with walking and balance. I have heard there is nerve grafting but I don't know. I doubt back surgery would help at this point as it was a ruptured disc that started all of this in 2011.
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