Runners who like to stand out in the pack have plenty of fun options for painting their nails. You can get a splattery rainbow effect for Color Runs, or glow-in-the-dark polish for spelling out something fun—like “RUNNER!!!!” or whatever else can fit on 10 fingers (we’re not the best at this).
Painting your toenails isn’t all that effective, of course, since you shouldn’t be running in sandals! You still want them looking their best after a race, however, and that means preventing the bruising that can result in black toenails.
The main cause of bruised toenails is as simple as your choice of running shoes. If running shoes don’t fit properly, it can lead your toes into constantly striking or sliding into the inside front of the shoe. Make sure your shoes have room between the tip of the longest toe and the end of the shoe—about one thumbnail long. Shopping for shoes later in the day will help you find a proper fit, as our feet tend to be larger at this time. A trusted shoe or running store attendant is also a great asset to have.
If you’re looking for further shoe security for your feet, make sure to wear socks made of synthetic material to reduce slipping. “Lock lacing” can also add additional stability within your shoes, and isn’t even difficult to learn.
Besides watching your shoe choice, keeping your toenails trimmed short and straight helps evenly distribute stress on the toes. Just make sure not to go extreme with your shortness, lest you risk a case of ingrown toenail.
If black toenails continue to be a problem even after taking the above steps, Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery is here to help find a solution. Contact either of our two offices by calling (203) 288-4055 for Hamden, CT, or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.