Black toenails are a common runner’s malady. They’re the result of repeatedly banging the ends of your toes against the front of your shoes. This condition is unsightly and can be especially uncomfortable if the blood trapped underneath the nail begins to pool under the hard tissue. It can take several months for your toes to recover from black toenails, since nails aren’t considered healed until the new tissue grows in completely. Instead of spending time treating the condition, spend time preventing it.

Have your feet re-measured and your running shoes refitted. If your shoes don’t fit properly, your nails incur damage. Make sure you have roughly half an inch of space between the end of your sneaker and the tip of your longest toe. The footwear needs to fit correctly under the arch and heel, too. Make sure you wear socks that don’t let your feet slide forward in your shoe. Keep your nails clipped as well, so they’re less likely to jam against the shoe material.

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your nails or are experiencing any discomfort in your toes, don’t ignore the problem and risk additional damage. Instead, contact our expert staff at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas for more information or to book an appointment. Call (702) 839-2010 or use our online contact form to reach us.

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