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Hello all! I am desperate for some help and information about my foot drop. So I will give some background information. In February this year I experienced some mild back pain. The following morning I went downstairs and I was in so much pain I nearly passed out and felt sick. The pain was not coming directly from my back but radiated down the right side of my leg. It was acute and I self diagnosed it as pain from a trapped sciatic never. A week later this proved to be the case and I was admitted to hospital because my foot and part of my lower leg had gone numb. I was sent home with carers and after about six weeks the pain on moving abated. But I still have no upper movement of my toes and the 'end' of my foot. I wear a foot brace because without it my toes scuff the floor and a couple of times I have catapulted myself into furniture! I saw a neurosurgeon a few weeks ago who confirmed I had a slipped disc (L5) which has trapped the sciatic nerve and caused permanent damage. But he didn't carry out any tests or advise as to future actions. So my problem now is that even though walking with the foot brace is easier than without. My toe is painful on walking and I am concerned that my foot is being damaged due to my awkward gait which I can't do anything about. It is really getting me down as I have never experienced physical disability before. But more than that, I feel the NHS have let me down. The neurosurgeon was pretty much, 'Yes, you have foot drop, next please!!.' I am very concerned that this constant poor movement in my foot is going to lead to greater problems as my toes take on extra stress they are not designed for. Can anyone offer any advice or help? I would be so grateful if there might be something I could do help myself - or get help - but so far, so left!! Any reply appreciated as I feel rather abandoned with this condition. And it might be I just have to live with it. But I don't want to give up until I have explored all options. Sorry long post. Thank you for reading.