August 20, 2013
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Myths About Ingrown Toenails

For the past few weeks I have noticed an increase  in ingrown toenail problems. The ages have ranged from  today’s 16y/o patient  to an 80y/o patient last week. I would like to dispel some of the myths that I have heard about ingrown toenails.

1.Myth: My pedicurist can treat my ingrown toenail for me every 2-4 weeks.

Fact: A podiatrist is  licensed to treat the pathology of  ingrown toenails.

2.Myth:  If I cut my toenails short, then my ingrown toenails  will go away.

Fact:Cutting toenails too short can cause ingrown toenails. Recommend cutting toenails  straight across.

3.Myth: Bathroom surgery works with my toenail clippers,pocket knife, peroxide,alcohol,witch hazel,and Dr. Scholl’s ingrown toenail product.

Fact: I have treated hundreds of infected ingrown toenails as a result of bathroom surgery.

4.Myth: Ingrown toenail procedures are painful.

Fact:Local anesthesia is used so that the procedure is painless.

For more information or to set up an appointment,you can visit our website at www.drantonioknowles.comor give our office a call at (901) 537-0078.

Dedicated to your foot health,

Dr. Antonio L. Knowles,DPM


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