I have herniated disc l5s1 with left leg sciatica and slight foot drop. My foot and ankle have gotten very itchy lately. Could this be related?

Foot Drop. Is concerning. If you haven't seen a spine specialist, I would do that soon. If the strength in foot is not improving you may need to see a surgeon before more extensive nerve damage occurs. Itching can suggest nerve healing though.
Yes. Your situation with a radiculopathy and foot drop requires treatment. I recommend surgical decompression with minimally invasive means immediately. You do not want permanent weakness and foot drop.

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Herniated disc at L5-S1 compresses the dural sac, and lumbar canal stenosis at that area, sciatica (left leg)...do I need surgery??

Probably not. There are 4 basic treatments for this problem. Medication, physical therapy, injections, and surgery. The only treatment which has shown long term benefit is physical therapy. The indications for surgery are intractable pain which had not responded to other treatments or progressive neurologic deterioration. Recent research has shown no benefit to surgery when measured 4 years after surgery. . Read more...
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Clinical discussion. Time for a face to face meeting with your doctor and an explanation of the cause of your l-5 or peroneal issues. Could this truly be coming from brain or spinal cord instead, and should those areas be imaged via mri? Read more...