I’ve heard of people having an ingrown toe nail but I never knew what it really was until now. It is something that will make a grown man want to cry. At first I thought I had bruised my right big toe, never knowing that the problem was far worse than that. At first it did not hurt all the time and when it did it just throbbed. I tried everything I could to relieve the pain, for what I thought it was, but that was to no avail.
My wife told me three or four times to see a foot doctor but, being hard headed, I wouldn’t go until the pain was more than I could bear. After limping every time I put pressure on my right foot, I finally decided to see a foot doctor. The doctor squeezed and probed my toe for a couple of minutes having me almost in tears. He told me I had an ingrown toe nail and it needed to be cut out in order for me to have some relief.
The doctor was very nice, with the exception of squeezing and probing my toe, and I asked which hospital I would be admitted into. When He said it was an out-patient operation and it would take only about ten minutes, I could not believe him. I really had doubts when he said a third of my nail would be cut out, the flesh would grow to replace the missing portion of my nail and I should have a quick recovery time. I was thinking about being put asleep, the doctor cutting my toe, no one to drive me home and, of course, the pain.
I was wrong on all counts and was glad that I was wrong because I wanted this to be finished and I wanted foot relief. I told him to go for it and to please ensure I had no pain. The doctor was still holding my foot and when he released it, all he said was to wait a minute and he would be right back. Two minutes later he returned, picked up a toe nail clipper, grabbed my right foot and started digging. I did not know he had, while holding my aching foot a few minutes prior, injected a numbing agent and I did not feel a thing.
He was digging, clipping, pulling and doing everything possible to hurt me and I did not feel a thing. There wasn’t much blood and, like he said, the whole operation took around ten minutes. He prepped my foot, dressed it and told me he was finished. After giving me instructions on the care of my foot for the next couple of weeks, he released me and, surprisingly, I walked out of there better than I walked in. I had a slight limp, because I could not feel my right big toe, but it wasn’t overly bad.
For the next couple of weeks I soaked my toe, redressed it and carefully pulled dead skin off the toe. I saw the doctor only once more and he gave me a clean bill of health and told me to stop dressing the toe like a mummy, let it breathe and watch over it. I did what he said and, a month later, I have two thirds of a toe nail, no pain and the flesh is growing in place of the nail like the doctor said it would.
When the doctor tells you he will have to cut the ingrown toe nail and he tells you it will be out-patient and he wants to do it right now, go for it. It was the best thing I’ve done in a long time. It was well worth the trip to the doctor and maybe I should listen to my wife more often.
The internet is loaded with thousands of articles. The piece you just read is my own account but I recently read http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/149627-overview. The article was good and it told me what the doctor did to me although he did not go about it exactly the way the internet page say.