From: Peter A. Ternus, DPM
Estelle Albright, DPM, writes, "I wonder how this would stand up in court... 'So, doctor, you use a woodworking tool to treat patients, is that correct, doctor?'" That statement is as ridiculous as the news story on the horror of pedicures using Dremel tools that you can get at Home Depot! Let’s be honest, the transmission of fungus or infections from nail care is a sterility issue. We don’t have to pay twice or more for “medical grade” drills. We need to use a disposable or sterilized burr on each patient. That prevents infection.
I use a disposable sandpaper burr on patients’ nails (and calluses) with attached suction right over the burr while wearing a mask. I can cut a dystrophic nail down with the best of them. I did 4 nursing homes for a decade with no drill/suction available. I don’t have the time or patience to cut each small irregularity in the nail. Burring is faster and offers a much better cosmetic result. We use drills, saws, plates, and screws in surgery. So yeah, we use woodworking tools. Surgery is glorified carpentry after all.
Peter A. Ternus, DPM, San Leandro, CA