This is what happens when you push your feet too far, too fast. OK, so I had an ingrown toenail partially removed on this toe exactly 1 year ago, and the toenail never grew out all the way. Also, wearing my KSO “barefoot” shoes should not place undue stress on the toenail. No matter, within 3 days of upping the intensity of my walks to include some jogging, BAM – ingrown toenail with low-grade infection. Now that’s normally no biggie, unless you have foreign bodies in your body, say something like foobs when the risk of infection spreading to that area becomes very serious. I had tried a week of soaking my foot and topical antibiotics with some improvement, but the risk of infection and more likely the risk of delaying surgery was looming. So, yesterday I was off to the podiatrist with the blessing of my plastic surgeon.
This will sound odd, but I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The podiatrist is actually known for his expertise in ankle surgery – I kept apologizing for presenting with something so mundane. We had met last year for the same problem at the recommendation of my anesthesiologist-sweetie and because he is in the group with my orthopedic surgeon (he took care of my knee last year) who also happens to be married to the wonderful general surgeon who removed my gallbladder. The orthopod hadn’t seen me since 80 pounds ago, and we had fun reconnecting. Also, he and his wife and Sue all work together in the operating room so there was much to gab about. He did encourage me to NOT run or even jog saying nothing is to be gained and much is to be injured. I agree. Running is great for many people. I should have listened to my knees and ankles. Rapid walking will do fine from now on.
The podiatrist and I had connected over college football last year and spent the time during the removal of part of my toenail yacking about our favorite and most reviled teams. He was very concerned about my pain level as he injected my toe. Ha! Actually his technique for injection of local anesthetic was very gentle, or maybe I have much greater pain tolerance after the last 4 months. No matter, this morning my toe throbs but is walking is much easier.
So, now it is 4 days of antibiotics; a week of resting my toe; and back to the recumbent bike. Today is the pre-op visit for my next surgery when I get these awful tissue expanders removed, some repair work done, and nice soft silicone implants installed. I never thought that I would look forward to a surgery!