I read something really disappointing on TMZ today, and no, it had nothing to do with the Donald Sterling scandal. Apparently, Bette Midler developed a foot problem when she was recently in Texas and she didn’t come see this Houston podiatrist!
After tweeting a picture of her big toe in a really big green bandage, Bette wrote, “My New York toes don’t love Texas cowboy boots.” Apparently, she had developed an ingrown toenail, a condition in which the nail begins to grow inwards instead of out, cutting into the skin and potentially becoming infected. The procedure to correct the problem is simple and fairly painless (at least in my office), and I would have loved to help Miss Midler out if she was in the Houston area when her situation became painful.
Bette’s tweet was correct in that wearing an uncomfortable shoe (or an ill-fitted one) can contribute to the development of an ingrown toenail if the toe repeatedly bumps against the shoe, causing it a traumatic injury. But the interesting and kind of weird part of this story is that, according to TMZ, Bette’s ingrown toenail wasn’t caused by her cowboy boots, but by a bad pedicure (trimming your toenail too short can encourage the skin next to the nail to fold over it and encourage inward growth.)
According to the website, Bette ended up having her toenail clipped up in Dallas. If it ever happens again, I’d encourage Ms. Midler, or anyone else who is experiencing the discomfort of an ingrown toenail, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider as soon as possible. There is no reason to live with the discomfort of an inflamed toenail a moment longer than you have to.