Are you in the running? For a black toenail, that is. This condition isn't contagious, but it can affect anyone. Most often, training for a long distance race -- such as Stumpy’s Marathon coming up in Newark in September -- or consistently running hills makes you more likely to develop darkened toenails. It happens when your toe is repetitively jammed against the front of your shoe. Avoid pain and the potential of losing your nail by following our tips for preventing black toenails.
Black toenails can also appear reddish, brown, or purple, due to the collection of blood underneath the nail. This clot may result in a foul odor and discharge underneath the nail. It can also create excessive pressure and lead to intense pain. Here are some ways to avoid this toenail pain and discoloration without spoiling your training schedule.
Aside from always keeping your toenails trimmed properly -- not too short and clipped straight across -- it's important to ensure that your shoes fit correctly. Your footwear should provide your toes with enough room to wiggle and not be pressed tightly against one another. You should allow half an inch of space between the end of your toes and the front of the shoe. Always avoid walking and running barefoot, as this makes your toes susceptible to trauma, and be cautious while caring heavy objects.
Call Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. at (302) 623-4250, at the first sign of a toenail issue. If the nail has already turned black and is at risk for falling off, the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. in Newark, Glasgow, and Wilmington, DE will work hard to protect and save the future of your feet. You can also schedule an appointment with our office online or browse our pages for more information and prevention tips.
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