Re: Got approval for neurologist.......what next???
I would agree with the other poster. Be prepared to describe your symptoms and give examples of what makes it hurt, what activities make it better or worse, but do not suggest to the doctor what tests you should have.
I would think they might want a MRI of your lumbar spine in addition to the EMG/nerve conduction study. Your podiatrist was talking about the peroneal nerve, which is the nerve that controls lifting the foot. When it isn't working properly, it can result in "drop foot" where the ankle reflex isn't working properly.
A nerve compression in the lower lumbar spine can cause pain and symptoms similar to what you are feeling. The L5 nerve innervates the peroneal nerve. The nerve is a continuation of the sciatic nerve and injury can occur anywhere from mid-thigh on down into the foot. It can be injured by something as simple as crossing your leg too much, from injury from hip or knee replacement surgeries, arthroscopies, etc. Also, peroneal nerve mononeuropathies can occur in hyperthyroidism, diabetes, vasculitic disorders, etc.
Hopefully the neurologist will be able to get to the bottom of your issues.