Both my big toenails were surgically removed over the past two weeks. Both had become more than a quarter inch thick as the result of toenail fungus. I was tired of the pressure against the tops of my shoes, and fed up with trying to trim away the mess. Not my nails in the photo below. Just a stock photo:
My podiatrist explained that topical and oral treatments are usually ineffective... successful less than 20% of the time. The only effective treatment for ridding yourself of the fungus is to cut off the nail, cauterize the root and prevent the nail from growing back.
And even that is not 100% effective!
The operation to remove my big toe toenail was an office procedure. Feet are very sensitive, so the stick from the hypo needle to my toe nearly had me screaming. After that, it was a breeze. Very little pain (although a lot of blood) afterward.
I have so many doctors! GP, gastroenterologist, dermatologist, podiatrist and dentist! Part of being an Old Dawg, I guess.
The recovery period from the operation is short. Two days after the removal of the first toenail, I was fine. Now, I can wear my new organist's shoes.
The leather on these shoes is very thin and soft... easily damaged and misshaped by those big old fungus ridden toenails. Didn't know that organists wore special shoes? Here's the site.
Organist shoe heels are just the right height for that heel/toe movement on the pedal board. Suede leather heels minimize damage and scuffing of the pedals.
The technical term for nail fungus is onychomychosis. You can read about it at Web MD.