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Total nail avulsion and ablation with phenol

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Dara, Jan 30, 2021.

  1. Dara

    Dara New Member

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    Hello - I had a total nail avulsion (second toe, left foot) carried out just over a month ago, and ablation with phenol. It does seem to be healing very slowly now. The toenail was removed because it was deformed and thickened (following 15+ years of distance running, nail falling off, regrowing a bit thicker each time ... ).

    The strange thing is that while the wound is healing and is reasonably comfortable, the skin further down the toe, towards the foot, is super sensitive. Literally, brushing it with a feather will set it off with a burning, tingly pain that can last a few minutes. It's keeping me awake at night when the bedclothes touch it. This pain was present before the surgery. When I use my hand to force the toe into extension the pain often eases. Lying on my back, bending my left knee and placing my foot on the other knee also eases it.

    Walking etc doesn't seem to bring it on, I don't appear to have any joint pain, just this sensitive area on the top of my toe. I am wondering if it's something neurological going on? I am an otherwise healthy middle-aged person.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Super Moderator

    Its probably too soon after the convulsion to jump to any conclusion yet.
    It could be a reaction to the phenol burn which will come right given time.
    Often just putting some tape over it can help give some relief in the short term.

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