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Old 07-17-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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He wants to amputate my toe !!

I am 85, general good health, some peripheral artery disease (claudication when lots of walking, but not around house.... and good pulse), no diabetes. Over the years, I had a corn on the inside of the second toe on my right foot. Me or a podiatrist would trim and trim. About 3 months ago, I went to a podiatrist and she trimmed REALLY deep. I could hardly walk for 2 weeks. It got better and I even trimmed more. Since then I can barely walk and an ulcer developed on the place where it was trimmed. I went to a doctor. He gave me an antibiotic. The ulcer healed. And AT THE SAME TIME THE ULCER HEALED, a corn from HELL is growing back and the PAIN IS STILL THE SAME. I have to wear an ortho flat shoe and if I have any pressure on the side of the toe, I hit the ceiling ! I wenT to a podiatrist and he said that it's the corn pain!! We even had an MRI which just showed edema (swelling) in the corn area . No other abnormality. Ive never had such pain !
The podiatrist said he could amputate the toe if the pain persisted. I cant stand any pressure on it !! I have a toe separator in between the big toe and the second one but the separator is BELOW the corn so its tolerable !!!! otherwise I CANT WALK !!
My question: Is there any other option? Like scraping the corn out? OR something??? like other surgery ?? other than cutting the toe off???
Also, WOULD A PODIATRIST OR AN ORTHO SURGEON BE THE BEST TO AMPUTATE THE TOE? The podiatrist said he could do it IN THE OFFICE, and thats kinda scarey !!

 
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Re: He wants to amputate my toe !!

I don't see why the corn can't be removed surgically. You should be able to find a decent sports med ortho who specializes in feet there in Little Rock. I'd try that. I go to a podiatrist sometimes (ingorwn toenails and the like) but sometimes you just need an ortho.

 
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Re: He wants to amputate my toe !!

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I don't see why the corn can't be removed surgically. You should be able to find a decent sports med ortho who specializes in feet there in Little Rock. I'd try that. I go to a podiatrist sometimes (ingorwn toenails and the like) but sometimes you just need an ortho.
Can I ask--in your opinion---can a corn be cut out or surgically removed and never grow back or will I have to have it cut out periodically. I mean I can barely walk !! I never thought a corn could be THIS BAD !

 
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Re: He wants to amputate my toe !!

They can be rather stubborn but they should be able to get it all. The issue is to find and correct what's causing it. Corns don't just come up for no reason. So, you'll also need to talk with the doctor about that.

 
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Re: He wants to amputate my toe !!

You really need to go to a foot and ankle surgeon for a second opinion. I would not trust an amputation to a podiatrist in the office. This all sounds so bizarre that I wouldn't trust that this podiatrist to even have the correct diagnosis. This sounds like something other than a simple wart not to mention the podiatrist cut you too deep and that should never of happened to anyone let alone on someone your age where the feet are so difficult to heal. Although you sound like a spry young 85 year old....I wouldn't go back to your podiatrist. She is on the edge of malpractice with her deep trimming techniques. I would be going to the specialty... Foot and Ankle surgeon(an actual Medical Doctor). Good luck and I am so sorry you are in so much pain. I hope someone is giving you pain medication.

 
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