I run 10 Kilometers 4 to 5 times a week and have developed black toe nails
on the 2nd and third toes of my left foot. It is now beginning to affect
the third toe of my left foot also. The toe nail is becoming thicker. I am
41 and this is the first time I've ever experienced my toe nails hurting me
in over 15 years of running. I've had my share of lower back pain and knee
problems and plantar faciitis and managed to get over it. It's been more
than six months now since it's shown up and the toe nails are now very
thick. I think they look dead. The toe nails look like they are going to
fall out. I went to see a chiropodist but he said there was no disease on
my toe nails. He suggested I put my orthotics under my shoepad even though
my shoes are a 1/2 inch bigger than I normally wear. I know if I stopped
running it might go away. But it may take a very long time. I have to
keep up with my running to keep my weight down, even if it means my toes
have to suffer. Is there any cure for this, besides stop running. Any
advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Hi, thanks for the question. I don't have too many ideas about this one. My first thought was shoe size, but you are wearing a shoe that is big already. Perhaps you are sliding around in the shoe as you get to foot flat, and driving your toes (nails) into the front of the toe box? Try to replace the pad under your orthotic with a spenco or zorbithane pad that has fabulous shock attenuation characteristics. Also, you might bring your shoes to a boot maker, and have them expand the toe box a hair. Other than that, I am fresh out of ideas. If others out there have a better response, I would be thankful if you could let me know.