Bathroom Surgery

You have decided enough is enough. That nail has become so painful; you are going take care of it right now! Grabbing a pair of nail clippers buried in your bathroom drawer you prop your foot on the tub and test the limits of your pain tolerance. That ingrown nail of yours has come back time and time again even with your attempts to trim it back. Unfortunately, you there is a pretty good chance you didn't use proper technique to avoid infection and you probably don't have a good understanding of the anatomy you are digging into.

A better idea would be to visit a foot specialist like Dr. Thomajan. Four years of medical education beyond college as well as several years of residency training at a hospital allows podiatrists to diagnose and treat a variety of pathologies of the foot. The particular issue of an ingrown toenail too often is complicated by infected or inflamed before making an appointment at AFAS. Don't wait for this to happen! Remember that pain is never normal and an easy in office procedure, under toe anesthesia, can be done to eliminate the offending nail. One of the most important parts of this procedure is the cleanliness needed to avoid infection, something that bathroom surgery doesn't afford. Next time you find that ingrown nail causing you pain, opt for a visit to AFAS and put those old nail clippers away! Until next time, stay happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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