Avid woman who has pain while running

by Dr. Neal Blitz

I am a 40 year old woman who competes frequently in half-marathons and charity walks in New York City. I have suffered from ingrown toe nails for many years but keeping them short and even does not help anymore. Is there something that can be done to stop them from hurting me?

Ingrown toe nails are common in athletes, especially high-impact sports such as running because of the repetitive impact between a runners shoe and their toes. When the part of the nail gets damaged it can cause the nail to permanently grow misshapen and grow into the skin on the side of the toe. This is called Onychodystrophy. A procedure called a matrixectomy can be done by removing a portion of the nail in the area growing abnormally. I perform this on patients in my office when pain from ingrown toe nails becomes too painful for a person to manage on their own.



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