A 36-year-old member asked:
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does a local anesthesia injection to the bottom of toe/foot really hurt?

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Dr. James Henning
49 years experience Anesthesiology
A Little: Most podiatrists, orthopedists and anesthesiologists use very "small gauge" needles (27 to 30 gauge) when placing local anesthesia. Needles this size cause only minimal discomfort...Usually mild stinging, and then only for a brief moment before the anesthetic takes effect. Don't stress about it!
Answered on Sep 19, 2018
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
Yes...: Any needle stuck into the foot is going to hurt. It's a matter of how much an individual reacts to this pain. Whenever I have to give an injection into the bottom of the foot, i tell patients that it is going to hurt. It also depends on the thickness of the skin... I have seen fine gauge needles bend when trying to get through the plantar skin. It's all in the technique and the patient!
Answered on Oct 3, 2018
Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
It's not fun: Your feet do have some sensitive nerves, and the injection will be placed around them. Most anesthesiologists will use a sedative to relax you or make you sleep when they do the blocks.
Answered on Aug 12, 2018

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