Unable to Lift Foot or Toes Upward Before Nerve Decompression Surgery

Eric H. Williams MD
Specializing in reconstructive surgery and pain relief in the Greater Baltimore area.
We are now nine months from an extensive decompression of the common peroneal nerve at the fibular head and just above the fibular head. This nerve had been pinched by a ganglion cyst coming from her knee joint. She was not able to lift her foot up and she was not able to actually lift up her big toe or any of her toes. 
 
It’s now been nine months - show us how you move that foot. There you go, do that again. Up and down - and show me your big toe. 
 
Were you able to do that four or five months ago? 
 
No, it just stayed there.
 
It started coming back about how many months after surgery?
 
Maybe six?
 
About six months after surgery and now it’s back to normal. 
How has it helped your walking and helped your gait over the past three to four months since it started working again?
 
I don’t stub my toe anymore or trip! 
 
Very good. How’s your balance and how’s your walking?
 
It’s good.
 
Working pretty well? Very good. How long did you have that foot non-functional prior to surgery?
 
It was about six to nine months. More like nine months because you had said you would have preferred me to come in sooner.
 
Ok. So, nine months you weren’t able to lift if up, and then after that it took several months for it to begin to work. You were able to move your leg before you could move your toes. How long did it take you before you started to move your ankle upward?
 
I’d say maybe within two months.
 
Two months you started seeing it move upward?
 
A little bit. It was like a little tiny bit at a time.