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Dr Ebonie Vincent has her work cut out in the next episode of My Feet Are Killing Me when a patient arrives with a huge growth resembling ‘a little bald man’.
Paul Wright reveals he’s been hiding a painful secret on the bottom of his foot since school and despite visiting several doctors, he has no idea what the round growth is.
‘A lot of people have been weirded out by it,’ Paul tells the camera in a clip exclusively shared with Metro.co.uk.
‘It could be a growth, it could be a toe, it could be a strange cyst that protruded out of my foot. It kind of looks like the most grotesque bald-headed man popping out!’
Starting out as a small pimple, the lump grew overtime before turning into, as Paul puts it, a ‘giant monstrosity. It’s like its own appendage.’
While an eyesore, the lump also causes Paul and great deal of pain and discomfort, forcing him to walk on the side of his foot.
‘It’s painful, it’s almost like there’s pressure on the inside underneath it,’ he explains. ‘There’s actually a sort of burning sensation as well.
‘Every day I feel that pain, so I have to walk on the side of my foot, and as a result of that it hurts my knees.’
After leaving the lump undiagnosed and untreated for so long, Paul’s started to develop concerns that it might be more sinister than meets the eye.
‘I’m terrified that this is cancerous, I guess there’s the potential that I could lose my foot. That’s terrifying to me,’ he admits.
With his health on his mind, Paul decides to bite the bullet and travels to Orange County, California, to see Foot and Ankle Surgeon Dr Ebonie for some answers.
After Paul explains everything to her, Dr Ebonie decides to take a look at the growth herself. Slipping off Paul’s shoes and socks she reveals the circular, egg-like lump on Paul’s foot.
‘I actually have no idea what this thing is,’ she says, startled. ‘For the majority of it, it did feel pretty soft, like skin, but it did have this calcification or possibly even bone that I could feel that was very hard.’
‘We won’t know for sure what it is unless we take it off and send it to pathology, but you cannot rule out any type of cancers without for sure knowing what this is,’ she added.
Fast forward several weeks, and it’s the day of Paul’s surgery. Ever the joker, Paul cheekily puts in a requests to keep the lump once its removed.
‘I’ve always threatened to my sister and nieces that if I got it back I would cook it up in a skillet and serve it to them! They’re not too amused by that!’
As the lump loosens from the flesh on Paul’s foot, Dr Ebonie has some promising news.
‘I don’t believe anything is a stalk or anything going out of it, so there’s nothing there that I can see that would be a source of regrowth,’ she tells hin.
After some more slicing and dicing, Dr Ebonie successfully removes the growth, and quickly sends sit off to pathology for testing. Closing up the wound, it’s job done until Paul’s follow-up appointment.
At the follow-up, Dr Ebonie takes off Paul’s bandages, and is pleased with the results of her surgery.
‘It looks like it’s healing really, really good,’ she tells him.
‘We sent in the skin tag to pathology to see whether or not it was cancerous, that was the biggest thing we wanted to rule out.
‘The pathology report came back and everything is benign.’
My Feet Are Killing Me airs 10pm on Tuesday exclusively on Quest Red, or stream on dplay.
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