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Just came back from the podiatrist

I’ve been having this semi – ingrown toe nail on my left foot for almost a year and a half now. It wasn’t really painful or anything and I always thought it would go away on its own, so in general I just ignored its presence.

Well, for the last few months, it’s really been bothering me, causing quite some pain at certain times. My doctor suggested to soak it in Epsom salts and warm water. It worked for quite awhile, but after the nail grew longer, it went back to being painful again.

So, I finally decided to make a call to the podiatrist nearby and get it checked out. The appointment was this morning, and I got there early, sat in a big huge chair with my feet up (quite comfortable :)). Never been to a podiatrist before, I didn’t know what to expect.

The specialist finally came in, and she took a look at the toenail, and confirmed that it was growing inward just a tiny bit, and also that it was starting to have an infection. She then proceeded to clean it up, pulling out the ingrown nail and cleaning the area. I must say, that it was a VERY VERY painful, as it caused an open wound and she was cleaning it with a metal object. For 5 – 10 minutes there, I was just grimmacing and trying not to scream from the pain.

At the end, my nail was filed and wrapped around a huge gauze (I have a white mummy-like wrap on my left big toe.. kinda funny looking at it :)). It’s gonna take a week to let the wound heal and then I need to use some cream to prevent more infections.

Man, just thought I’d warn anybody going to get an ingrown toenail fixed. It might hurt :). But all in all, I’m glad I did it because it already feels better by not having the nail sink in the toe itself.

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2 Responses to “Just came back from the podiatrist”

  1. FootDoc
    April 29th, 2006 | 5:54 pm

    Ouch! Your Podiatrist should have her licensed yanked! There is never a reason to go through pain. It is so simple to give a small amount of local anesthetic as a nerve block (totally away from the ingrown nail area) and the entire toe goes numb! You don’t feel a thing! That is why whenever you see a specialist, make sure they are BOARD CERTIFIED and also ask a friend or relative if they know a good Podiatrist. Sorry to hear you had a bummer of a time. There was no reason other than you had a bum doc!

  2. April 29th, 2006 | 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the comment, I’ll make sure I check out certifications next time. In hindsight, I probably should have asked if it was gonna hurt at the beginning of the procedure :)

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