Funny, after removal of the other (left) toenail, I went straight to a holiday party. This time, I'm off to my husband's work party. (I swear I didn't pre-plan the dates as excuses to leave early, really!) So, I went to the party where I stood around for about 2 hours pain free.....and then, almost suddenly, it started.....the pain. By the time I got home, it felt like my heart was in my toe, excrutiating throbbing pain! Oh dear, what did I do? The left toenail removal, though it certainly hurt, did not feel as bad as this. Ice, elevation, and Vicodin barely got me through the night. The next day being on my feet all day at work was hell. Maybe I shouldn't have told him to "burn the hell outa it." Soon though, the intense pain subsided and then all pain disappeared. I continued to have tenderness for many weeks. (Note to anyone considering having this done: ALWAYS cover the naked toe with at least a bandaid when you get in the shower. Even just drops of water beating down on the toe is very uncomfortable. Consider yourself warned!) Though I resumed running in a couple days, I had some discomfort for about 6 weeks as far as downhill running was concerned. By May, it was completely "normal" and I have never had any trouble with it again. In retrospect, I should have left it open to air much more. I know that that would have allowed it to heal up much more quickly. But that just wasn't appropriate at my job, where I need to wear shoes and am on my feet all day. Also, I am glad he burned it real good; that nail ain't ever coming back! In three previous years running the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, despite trying EVERY other remedy imaginable, I have always had to stop at Forest Hill, mile 62, to drain my big toe nail hematomas incurred while running down into the canyons. This past year, however, I never changed my shoes, suffered no blisters, and finished with all 8 toenails. Absolutely no trouble at all. Best thing I've ever done for those bastardly nails! You can even paint the skin if you like your pedicures. I've done it twice, but I'm not much into that. When I am barefoot, nobody even notices that I have no nails. So, in that respect, it is much more cosmetic looking than the blackened toenails in various stages of falling off. Not that I cared about that. For me, it is the practical benefits of permanent toenail removal that far exceed anything else.