Question: 2 weeks ago, I stepped on a small tree stump and rolled my right ankle. I had some minor soreness but thought it would go away in a few days. The pain has gone away; however, as of today, I am having some issues and unsure of what it could be. Starting at the lateral malleolus going up the right side of my leg between 10-12 inches is numb. The top of my right foot also feels numb. When walking my right foot stomps right when I put my heel down as if I can’t control the complete heel to toe walking motion. When driving, the pushing of the gas or brake petals seems to require the weight of my whole right foot vs. just using the toes. Any info or suggestions would be much appreciated.
Dr. Foreman: There is a nerve that runs along the outside of your leg that gives sensation over the lateral leg and top of the foot and also supplies the motor strength to the muscles that help you lift your foot up. You evidently stretched that nerve when you rolled your ankle. The nerve function should return but may take up to 6 weeks. If it hasn’t gotten better by then, you should have it evaluated. There is nothing you can do to speed up the healing.
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