So I finally forced Chris to see a podiatrist about his chronic ingrown toenail. For the past few months, I have stepped on his "bad toe" a number of times and each time it causes him to double over in pain. After talking with friends about it last weekend, I took the bull by the horns and called to schedule an appointment for him. The secretary at the clinic has a daughter in Chris' class, so she really wanted to help get him in soon too -- she called us on Tuesday because someone canceled leaving a Wednesday afternoon appointment open... and we jumped on it!
The podiatrist said that the procedure would be a "slam dunk" and should take care of his problem for good. Chris was very tough through the lidocaine nerve blocks (3 shots to the big toe -- ouch!) and then he was completely numb for the rest of the procedure. It took about 15 minutes and then the doc wrapped it up, gave us after care instructions, and sent us on our way.
Aftercare is a little intense, with foot soaks twice daily and bandage wear for the first week. A lot of our friends and family threatened that their similar procedures were very painful and they couldn't walk or wear a shoe for a few days. Luckily, Chris hasn't been in much pain at all!
UPDATE: Chris has handled this whole thing very well, without complaint or much discomfort! We had 2 family Thanksgivings and went "Black Friday" shopping completely without incident!