There are several simple ways you can prevent black toenails. This common runner’s malady is caused by trauma as the tips of the toes repeatedly bump the ends of your shoes. You’ll need to switch to properly fitted running shoes. Their ends should be roughly half an inch longer than your longest toe. Your feet shouldn’t slip forward in them, either. Make sure you trim your toenails regularly. Too-long nails are more likely to bruise. In some cases, you may be gripping the ground too hard when you run and increasing the impact on your toes that way. You may need an orthotic to help correct your foot mechanics and cushion your lower limbs.
Black toenails are unsightly and embarrassing, but also preventable. If you get them often, contact the experts here at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment to analyze why. You can reach our Medford, OR, office by calling (541) 776-3338 or filling out the website contact form.