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chennate

46 Posts

Posted - July 23 2008 :  00:44:46  Show Profile
So with the long summer miles come the inevitable black, blue and purple toenails. I have one that is relatively painful and the nail hasn't even fallen off yet.

What do you all do when the nail turns that nice color and then falls off?

Thanks

RoadToad

276 Posts

Posted - July 23 2008 :  08:01:35  Show Profile
First, trim the nails then seek out a better fitting pair of new running shoes.

It would be wise to prevent recurrence on this toe and all the others. This happens because you get in effect a blister under the nail. The color is from dried blood. It frequently occurs because your shoes are too small in the front of the toebox. Downhill runing will bring out this problem. Toenails that get too long are more vulnerable -- so trim them regularly to prevent this. If current black nail is a bother, you can tape it temporarily. It will fall off soon, and it will regrow fine.

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crzcatlady

177 Posts

Posted - July 23 2008 :  11:30:41  Show Profile
I read about this a few weeks ago. Here is what they say:

Symptoms:
First, the toenail appears blackened and the nail will usually fall off when a new nail eventually grows in. Runners who are training for a marathon or do a lot of downhill running are the most likely candidates for black toenails because their toes are constantly rubbing up against the front of their shoes. You're also more likely to get black toenails if you run in warmer weather because your feet swell more when it's hot.

Cause:
Black toenails are caused by constant rubbing of your toe against the front of your shoe. A blood blister forms under the nail, and the blister can't breathe, so it takes a lot longer to heal.

Prevention:
To prevent black toenails, make sure that you're wearing the correct running shoe size (at least 1/2 size bigger than your street size; you should have plenty of room in the toebox). Trim your toenails regularly, and keep your foot dry for as long as possible during your long runs. Be sure to wear good wicking socks, not cotton ones. Lace your shoes tighter along the front if you're doing a lot of downhill running.

Treatment:
Once you have a black toenail, it's best to leave it alone, as long as the pain is manageable. The pain is usually the worst on the first day and then lessens each day after. The damaged part of the nail is gradually pushed off, and a new nail will replace it. Don't force the old nail off -- it will fall off on its own. If at any point you notice redness and infection, see a doctor.

Anyone wanna know what they say about "Runner's Trots"?


I RUN...it may not be as fast anymore, but I RUN...end of story.
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BFTG

58 Posts

Posted - July 26 2008 :  08:34:58  Show Profile
I haven't had black toe nails is years, well since i threw away my shoes actually.
Actually, my feet are quite sexy, so i've been told, much better than the mangled mess they were with shoes.

Shoes? I don't need no stinking shoes!
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chennate

46 Posts

Posted - August 01 2008 :  22:48:46  Show Profile
That toenail that I posted about? Still there and blacker then ever. Hurts a bit more though.
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