I had ligament reconstruction in my ankle back in May. I was told there was nerve damage as i didnt have feeling in my 4th and 5th toe and along the side of my foot. I am now experiencing a lot of pain in the foot and ankle. I am wondering if this is possibly nerve regeneration and how long it will last.
Sounds like the lateral dorsal cutaneous and sural nerves were damaged during the procedure. The pain you are experiencing doesn't sound like nerve regeneration. Nerve regeneration usually doesn't cause pain...maybe slight tingling sensations. If the sural nerve was damaged, you could have intense pain. I would start by ruling this out by getting a nerve conduction test and EMG. I would speak to your physician regarding having this test ordered (usually done by a neurologist). If the test returns negative, I would visit a podiatrist for a second opinion. You may also need an MRI to evaluate the ligaments and surrounding soft tissue.
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