I have been running fairly consistently for several years. I have been
increasing my weekly milage over the past few months. I run approximately 22 to
27 miles per week. Recently, I have been developing black toenails in one or
two toes on each foot. Normally, they heal themselves and I am able to continue
running without a problem.
Last week, my a 1/4 inch strip of my large toe (from top to bottom) turned
black and blue. I stopped running fearing that my toenail would fall off. I
have been able to drain some of the fluid underneath by cleaning under my nail.
Will my toenail most likely fall off or can I keep running? We are living in
France for one year and we will be having guests soon. I want to be able to
walk and go sightseeing when they visit. Do I have to give up my running in
order for the nail to heal without it falling off? Any suggestions on future
prevention? How long does it take for a toenail to grow back?
Nancy - your nail might fall off, and probably has by now. It seems that your
shoes don't fit if you get such nails routinely. Check that your shoes fit, and
if you are running into the front of the shoe, try to get shoes that lace lower
down the foot. You might also look at alternative methods of lacing, like those
that loop the top of the lace rather than the traditional method - these
alternatives are often able to prevent your foot from slipping forward.