I am a 30 year old woman living in New York City. I am an avid dancer on the weekend and after a night out my toenail seems to be very red and painful and is getting worse. What is causing it and is there something I can do to help it?
Dancing can put a high amount of stress on your toes especially with improper shoes. If you are wearing dress shoes or high heels this can cause compression of your toes when combined with the impact of dancing can lead to damage of the nail causing it to grow abnormally and misshapen. This condition is called Onychodystrophy and is the cause for the red, inflamed and painful area on your toe. A procedure can be done to remove a portion of the nail where it is growing incorrectly stopping it from growing into the skin and alleviate the pain and underlying problem. This procedure is known as a matrixectomy and can be done to correct the issue.