bruised toe nail

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04/08/2002 at 12:36
Dos any one know the cure and the course for bruised toes big toes its painfull iv put ice on them and heated them.
05/08/2002 at 17:43
Sounds as if your shoes are too small. I had that problem when I started running and was advised to wear a size bigger. This allows your feet to expand when they get hot whilst running without causing problems.
06/08/2002 at 10:53
My second toenail is purple and about to fall off from my last pair of running shoes! I have just bought new shoes 1/2 size bigger and have had no problems as yet. Too late to save toenail though!
06/08/2002 at 11:50
Runners' nails. Wonderful! A real badge of achievement once the pain has gone.

The painful black appearance of the nail of the longest toe of one or both feet is thought to be caused by traction on the underside of the toe pulling the nail base off the nail with little bleeds from the tiny blood vessels. Wearing shoes which are long enough, have a big enough toebox, and fit properly at the heel so that your feet don't slip in them, is important. Make sure your socks fit properly too.

Having said that, I'm obsessional about my running footwear (and it seems to be working, because I have no hard skin and have only ever had one small blister, at the end of a marathon) but the nail of my left second toe is eeurgh-inspiring.

Cheers, V-rap.
06/08/2002 at 13:24
As well as the advice you've already been given, I found that keeping the toenails cut short also helped.
06/08/2002 at 15:40
Boots do a kind of foam toe protector which seems to help (looks like a foam thimble which you just pop on over you toe before putting sock on).
06/08/2002 at 15:51
Best advice is to make sure shoes are big enough, wear good socks, and make sure the seams don't chafe the toes, and to keep the nails cut short. This avoids them getting pushed away from the toes with every step. Also, if they are a bit thickened, use a nail file to file away some of the thickness (don't overdo it), this will decrease the pressure on the toe underneath,
23/08/2002 at 22:34
Sheila Anne, this is not so easy in practice!! Previous advice though is good - buy the next size of shoe and make sure you buy socks that don't cause blisters - and when the toenail ultimately disconnects be sure not to leave it on the edge of the bath.

26/08/2002 at 22:05
Hadn't thought of that - good thinking, SA.

19/07/2003 at 22:05
Hi, I have brilliant shoes and the perfect size but they're not protecting my toe nails! One (my second toe) has a hard thick nail and though I file it and wear good blister proof socks it's gone that dark yucky colour and is threatening to come away! - and now a second toe is having problems! - the one next to my small toe. My shoes are spacious but I'm terrified I'm going to end up with no toe nails - any suggestions other than bigger shoes? - I can't go too big or else I'll look like Ronald MacDonald!
20/07/2003 at 00:24
DeeDee, I'm no expert, but it does sound like your trainers may be too small. Why not try the same model in a slightly larger size - even going up a half size could make all the difference. You won't look like Ronald MacDonald, I promise! Most of my shoes are a size 6, but I have size 7 trainers now. Not one bruised toenail since going up a size!
20/07/2003 at 19:57
Well, dispite all the precautions, my second toe nail has finally fallen off, due to the FLM.

I have no pain, but obviously the 'new' nail underneath is softish and not exactly looking right.

HELP!! all you seasoned nail-losers, do you ever visit a chiropodist(sp) or do you just hope the nail ends up ok?

Deev (thinking about visiting a chiropodist)
29/07/2003 at 12:42
I too have experienced nail loss. On the advice of an expert I increased my trainer size and wear 1.5 sizes larger than my normal shoe size. My socks are comfortable and seemless around the toe area and my trainers also feel comfortable. I keep my toenails short and I zigzag down steep hills too! Now into 5th week of training for NYC marathon and again my 2nd toe on right foot is bruising. I'm at a loss!!
29/07/2003 at 13:05
Hi Devious - I went to a chiropodist, who was very helpful and not really too expensive.

*do not read below if a bit squeamish*
He removed the toenails which were in that really painful stage of about to fall off/I was worried they would get ripped off - they felt how your teeth do when they wobble when you're a little kid! This didn't hurt at all, he advised trying slightly larger trainers but going to a proper shop for running shoes rather than your standard high street as shoes that are genuinely too big can cause as many problems.

Also my toenails looked completely bizarre when growing back, not like nails at all really lumpy. Chiropodist advised this would happen and was normal. Somehow they just start to look like proper nails, doesn't take too long - mine look gorgeous now and a smashing shade of scarlet too.

The Hat.
28/09/2003 at 18:32
I have just completed my first half marathon and my third toe was bleeding nearly all the way around! Now my big toe nail and toe has gone black, I have been to the doctors and he gave me some tablets which I had to stop taking as they made me feel sick. The toe is still hurting and I can't get my trainers on, has anyone got any ideas about what I could do? Besides chop off the big toe!
28/09/2003 at 22:17

It may be too late now, but if you finish a run with a bruised toe heat a needle and CAREFULLY!! make a hole in the nail and squeeze the blood out. If the nail's already lifting under the pressure, it may be possile to prick it under the nail as well / instead.

I agree with the general view that too small trainers are the main cause, but I know of cases too where people have kind of "scrunched" their toes (like clenching your fist)which has led to black toes.

I find that road running is much harder on the toes than off-road so varying the training surface if possible can help.
26/10/2003 at 01:42
I fully endorse Jezmerelda's comments about how some runners subconsciously claw their toes into the ground as they run, and that running on softer surfaces can help too.
I have what I consider to be good fitting shoes and use plenty of vaseline on my toes and feet plus the thimble-shaped foam toe protectors (as mentioned by Wannaberunner) on four of my toes. Also, as the nickname says, I do most of my training on a treadmill nowadays.
My toe problems are caused because of how they are shaped. The largest two toes on each foot are best described as "hammer toes", which naturally curl towards the ground due overtight hamstrings.
I generally find that my toes can put up with about six miles of the repetitive stress that my running action causes them. After that the nails begin to discolour and blisters form, and so begins the long cycle of each nail being lost and then regrowing.
Does anyone think that othotics would be helpful in solving some of these toenails issues?
26/10/2003 at 17:42
I regularly have my toenails go black, fall off, grow back, go black...

I tried a larger shoe size and got other injuries because of the lack of support to my foot

doesn't cause any pain or discomfort so I look at it as a badge of honour!
26/10/2003 at 18:01
I had the same problem, I think with me it's the shape of my foot. If I pull the laces tight enough to stop my foot slipping forward, It makes the top of my foot sore. I've started pulling the laces at the bottom tight, then putting a reef knot in then lacing the rest of my shoe less tightly. Fingers crossed, I haven't had any more damage since I started.- Not even during the "undulating" marathon I'd been training for.
30/04/2004 at 12:26
When I used to run alot in the 1980s my toes got very sore once I reached one hour's running but then it seemed to work itself out. I stopped at 40. It's 14 years since I last ran much, have achieved 75 mins, but I find that from 60 mins + I am having real problems with 3 toes on my left (smaller) foot, they are very sore and the nails very bruised and I can't then run for a couple of days. Any advice, please?
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