Bring your sore toes to Klamath Falls Foot & Ankle, LLC
Ingrown nails are essentially a battle for real estate on your toe. The nail fold, or skin adjacent to your nail, and the actual nail itself want to occupy the same location. The fight for this area is sometimes exacerbated when we cut our nails and leave a jagged edge in the corner of the nail. Oftentimes we are able to relieve the symptoms by cutting the jagged edge of the corner of the nail to relieve pain.
However, when a person develops an ingrown nail multiple times, the first questions to ask are, "Am I cutting the nail properly?" and "Do I allow the edge of the nail to grow out past the nail fold, or do I cut the nail deep into the corner?" The second thought to consider is, "Perhaps I should have the painful portion of the nail removed permanently so the ingrown nail never causes pain again." With the use of a chemical to eradicate the root of the nail, there is almost no chance that the painful border will ever grow back. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and is done in our office. If you happen to suffer from recurrent ingrown toenails, we look forward to serving you and freeing you from this pesky, painful problem!
-Jeff Merrill, DPM, FACFAS
We are thrilled to share our new logo with you today! Working with a talented artist, we just finished this exciting project. "This is what we're surrounded by in Klamath Falls. We're surrounded by forests, lakes, mountains, and blue sky," explains Dr. Merrill. At our office, one of our goals has always been to help you have healthy feet so you can enjoy the beautiful landscape surrounding us. Proudly, our logo reminds us that we can enjoy stunning landscapes, starting right here at home.
Is foot surgery in your future? Today we're sharing some simple tips and two infographics to help you have the best experience possible. Before your surgery, create a personalized plan to minimize your stress following the operation. As you plan, you should consider preparing your home, arranging for transportation for yourself, planning your work schedule, stocking up on groceries, and asking friends and family for help.
Following your surgery, take your pain medication as directed, keep your incision and bandages dry and clean, and follow the instructions you were given on how much weight your can put on your foot. In addition, you can reduce swelling by elevating and icing your foot according to the instructions you received from your podiatrist. Finally, be sure to call your podiatrist if you have any questions or experience any problems. With careful planning and attention to your post-surgery care, you will help to create your best foot surgery experience.
Are you considering foot surgery? Podiatrist Dr. Jeff Merrill provides foot and ankle care for all ages in Klamath Falls. He is certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®. Also, he is board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
Klamath Falls Foot and Ankle, LLC Staff