I have pain while wearing high heel shoes

by Dr. Neal Blitz

I am a 36 year old female. I live in Manhattan and I have a hard time wearing high heel shoes to work because I have a recurring problem with ingrown toenails. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

Ingrown toe nails can be caused by improper shoe gear.  High heel shoes can contribute to ingrown toe nails because the narrow shoe compresses the toes together. Some people have a portion of the nail that becomes misshapen and grows deep into the skin causing ingrown toe nails to occur more frequently.  I advise my patients with this common problem (medical term: Onychodystrophy) to make sure the nail is cut short and even.  When keeping the nail short and even does not help anymore, there is an office procedure I perform on my patients which permanently removes a small portion of the nail that grows abnormally, called a matrixectomy.



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