The Incredible Hulk and Ingrown Toenails

For some reason, treatment for an ingrown toenail is scary. People who have gone through major surgeries without a problem cower at the prospect of having an ingrown toenail cared for...why is that?

For some, there's personal experience that plays into it.  How many of us were threatened by our mothers that if we didn't cut our nails correctly they would become ingrown.  We didn't know what that meant, but it sure sounded bad!  Some even got an ingrown toenail and was treated by their pediatrician who gave them what seemed like hundreds of injections in the end of the toe and it took forever to heal (incidentally, which is similar to the reason I fear the dentist to this day!).

The oddest explanation I heard from a patient in my Houston, TX podiatry practice just this week.  She was a very pleasant new patient to my office, but was petrified about what I was going to do to her.  I promised her that I wouldn't hurt her and kept my promise.  She left smiling and couldn't believe there was no pain.  She did tell me that her fear of a toenail procedure stems from the 70's television series The Incredible Hulk starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.  She told me that the ONLY time he was in the hospital was when he had a toenail torn away.  Now, I'm not well-versed enough to know the episode, or even if it's true, but I certainly never have heard a more random reason to fear an ingrown toenail.

As common as the fear is, also common is the relief after the procedure.  Without fail, people feel that it is never as bad as they pictured in their mind.  The procedure only takes a few minutes and, other than an injection to numb the toe, the procedure is entirely painless.  In fact, the relief is immediate.  If you have been suffering with an ingrown toenail...Don't Wait!!  Come in to see what it will take to provide you instant relief.  I guarantee it's not like you think i will be.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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