I was with a podiatrist (now my ex-podiatrist) who stated that I should just amputate both my big toes. He stated in no uncertain terms, " well you can go get a second opinion".
I said I think that was the best idea. Our neighbors recommended that I go see Dr. MacKenney. He was local and the neighbors who recommended him were well entrenched in the medical community in Brevard.
Aside for the fact that he is a Red Sox fan (nothing better than that!), he is a very engaging Doctor who listened to my problems and provided choices to start me on the road to recovery. While amputation was one choice, keeping the two big toes and nursing them back to health was another. He supported my decision to go the healing route first. We could always cut them off as a last resort.
Well, here I sit with 1 and 2/3 big toes and a healthy two feet. Chronic osteomyelitis in one of them was too far gone, but the whole toe didn't have to go.
The Doctor, his staff, which by the way, go home with him every night because they're family, was great and personable and always helped me when needed.