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How Running Can Affect Your Toenails

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Throbbing pain in one or more toenails can make running an uncomfortable exercise. If your toenail turns black, blue, or gray after a long run, it can be a sign of bleeding underneath the nail. This condition is known as a subungual hematoma, more commonly as runner’s toe. If the toenail raises from the nail bed, it is likely to fall off, but eventually, a new nail will grow to replace it. The main reason for black toenails is the continued rubbing of the toe against the inside of the shoe. This is frequently the result of running downhill or wearing running shoes that don’t fit properly. Taking a break from running, and avoiding downhill terrain are suggested as ways to treat runner’s toe. If swelling and pain persist, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist for an examination. One possible treatment is to drain the fluid beneath the nail by drilling a hole in it, a procedure called trephination. Your podiatrist can suggest the proper treatment to get you back to running.


 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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