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My Adventure At the Foot Doctor

 

Saturday, August 26, 2006

 

Today was my appointment at the foot doctor (podiatrist).  I did not know what to expect, and as usual, whenever I go to a doctor, I am a bit apprehensive.  The doctor’s office was also part dentist- office.  That I thought kind of weird – what kind of a doctor am I going to see?  Luckily, the doctor was really nice and personable.  This definitely helped when he decided I needed a small operation.

 

I was right, I needed to get rid of that in-grown toe nail.  So after two-dozen small shots to numb the area and cutting out an ugly piece of ingrown nail, it was over.  He also talked to me about the dangers of diabetes and the feet and took a look at my feet and legs.  Luckily, the guy who did the neuropathy test was visiting the building.  Neuropathy is a possible side affect of diabetes.  The nerves in your legs become less and less sensitive as time goes by and in advanced cases, a person could cut themselves pretty badly and not know it for hours, or even days – they are unable to feel it.  I guess, that without the operation, it would have been a pretty quick visit.

 

I hopped over to the room where the technician was set up.  He put electric sensors on my toes and legs.  What the technician does is zap your leg with electric impulses and the monitor registers how quickly your nerves respond or send the signal to the sensors.  Although he did not have it hooked up correctly at first, he finally got it going.  He was a nice guy and showed me what the readouts meant.  It looked like I was in the normal range, albeit on the low end of the normal range – so this is something I need to keep an eye on for the future.  If you are wondering, the zaps did hurt a little bit, especially after a while, since it takes about 20 minutes to go through the whole test, which he performed on the front and back of both legs.  The toe, itself does begin to hurt a little bit after the Novocain or whatever drug the doctor used began to wear off – I should have gone straight home and done nothing today.

 

Now I have a bandage on my big toe and need to soak it every day in Epsom salts.  I guess I am going to have to go to work in an open-toed sandal on Monday.  This also kills my running/walking for a few days and I hope it does not interfere with my upcoming vacation.

 

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