About five months ago, I got an ingrown toenail removed. I had this procedure done about three times before so I knew what to expect. That five months ago, I got it done, but a couple weeks later, the surgery didn't seem to have done what it had done in the past. So I went back to my podiatrist, and he pretty much indirectly said that he messed up(the person with me agreed that is what he was implying.) So he did another surgery again and it seemed to work at the time, but get this, he did not charge the insurance company, he did it for free. So anyways, months passed and the area where the nail was extracted hasn't healed at all. All the other times, it healed nicely(within about two months only), you can't even tell I had surgery, but this one it's pretty much butchered up, it looks awful, to the point as to where I will not go out into public wearing anything open-toed. Now, within those past few months, I have had this bad on and off pain between my big toe and second toe and on the outside of my big toe(two of the injection sites to numb the nerve.) This pain, for anyone who has had the procedure done, feels like that numbing shot when the medicine has that "burst" through your vein, kwim? It's really painful and it will last from about 10 minutes up to almost an hour at a time. This had never happened before this last time where he messed up. I did some research on this and found nothing. Could this be nerve damage? Why could I possibly be having these pains, and why hasn't this healed by now? I have an appt. with a new podiatrist in a few weeks, but I would love to have any advice or insight on this issue. I have also got thinking, is this a possible medical malpractice lawsuit?