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What causes heel pain, pinky toe numbness with lower back surgery history?

My heel has been hurting for about 3 weeks and now the past two days my pinky toe has been numb. About 5 years ago I had back sugery on my lower back . They shave the disk in L4 & L5 that was touch the nerve that ran down my leg. This pain is in the same leg.
Tue, 27 May 2014
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Hello,

I have studied your case.

You may need to do MRI spine again to see for nerve compression

If your new MRI shows disc bulge with nerve compression then surgery may help.
Due to compression of this nerve root there is tingling numbness in your leg and pain associated with it.

For these symptoms analgesic and neurotropic medication can be started.
Till time, avoid lifting weights, Sit with support to back. You can consult physiotherapist for help.
Physiotherapy like ultrasound and TENS therapy will help
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I will advise to check your vit B12 and vit D3 level.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.

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