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    Old 07-15-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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    Ingrown Toenail Reccurring - Docs clueless?

    HI.

    I've had an ingrown toenail operated on last year as it was bloody and and painful. They cut the offending side off. After 9 months grew back but both sides are now ingrown (A GP has confirmed) and one side on my other toe, 3 sides in all. The GP said that I could have the same operation again but said it was not permanent which means they dont use the phenol treatment. that stops it coming back. I've read many pages and sites on the net recommending the permanent option, but my GP is unconvinced, every doctor claims to know nothing about the phenol treatment. My nails are very sensitive and highly painful and dont seem to be growing correctly at all (one is bloody), so im on the GPs waiting list for an operation next week. One doctor said if it keeps reoccurring they may have to remove the whole nail - I've contacted a foot specialist who said the following:

    "There is no need to remove the whole nail if only the sides are problematic. If the whole nail is removed and allowed to grow back, in most cases the patient will not be able to maintain a pressure free environment for regrowth and during this time the nail is more than likely to become problematic again.

    they will definitely grow back if they are not phenolised and they will more than likely grow back to become problematic again.

    The phenol eliminates the growing cells at the root of the nail and although there is always a possibility of a regrowth, the chances are very minimal, therefore leaving you with a problem free nail."



    So I'm stuck in two minds - Your advice would be appreciated. Why are all the docs so oblivious to the recommended treatment? Multiple sources - i.e foot specialists ive seen have confirmed the phenol is the way to go...

    Should I just let them cut the side again in the knowledge it will probably grow back ingrown... Dont like the thought and im booked for friday

    Cheers..

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    Old 07-15-2013, 08:14 PM   #2
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    Re: Ingrown Toenail Reoccurring/ Docs clueless?

    Go with the phenol option. If your GP won't do it, then pay for a podiatrist who does this. Ingrown toenails made my life a misery for so long, and having them treated permanently with this option has been brilliant. I would have thought it was the standard procedure for this condition. Sera

     
    Old 07-16-2013, 05:29 AM   #3
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    All pods will do it. Not sure why you are seeing your GP when a podiatrist is the way to go. You may have to pay extra for the treatment but I assure you - it will not grow back if you get it. Mine didn't.

     
    Old 07-16-2013, 04:41 PM   #4
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    Thank you - I have emailed about 10 different Foot specialists and they have confirmed your opinion - i.e Pods are the way to go, docs often not knowledgeable and not trained for proper foot work.

    My last dilemma is finding the right one, they all make similar claims about having performed the surgery many times, offering appointments till full recovery and having good success rates, with similar prices and websites.

    Do you know the best way to tell if one is better or are they all quite similar? I.e is there any sort of qualification or credential I can request.

    I don't care about the cost at all.

    Thanks again.

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    Old 07-16-2013, 05:51 PM   #5
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    This is a simple routine procedure for a podiatrist. I am sure that any qualified, successful pod will be fine. Good luck, Sera

     
    Old 07-17-2013, 04:49 AM   #6
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    I concur. Just ask around to your friends and find one they used and liked. Many elderly people go to them for foot issues - as well as diabetics. You should be able to find one easily. It's a very, very simple procedure. Numb you toe, cut it out, bandage it up. Soak it twice a day for a week or so and you're good to go.

     
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