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Bruising toenails... (Read 123 times)

Jack K.


I love sponge cake.

    My toenails are not "black" and they are not falling off, but I do have three that are discolored or bruised. Are my shoes too small? What else might cause this?

    2014 races

    Santa Anita Derby Day 5k - 5 Apr  

    Mountains to Beach Marathon - 25 May


    Dr. Cornsitter

      Do they hurt while you're running, or at all?

      Quote from BeachRunner3234 on 6/25/2013 at 8:20 PM:

      So I'm currently sitting with a bag of frozen corn in my ass.

      Jack K.


      I love sponge cake.

        No.  They don't hurt, but maybe I do feel it a bit. I have about 80 miles on these shoes and I just noticed it this week.

        2014 races

        Santa Anita Derby Day 5k - 5 Apr  

        Mountains to Beach Marathon - 25 May

          My toenails are not "black" and they are not falling off, but I do have three that are discolored or bruised. Are my shoes too small? What else might cause this?

           

          Most likely your shoes are too small. As a general rule for running shoes, you want about 1/2 inch between the end of the shoe and the end of your longest toe. That's normally about a thumbnail's length. Your foot will never move backwards in the shoe.

          You also want enough room in the toebox for your toes to move laterally a little. Not sloshing around, but enough room for foot expansion.

          happylily


            I get that all the time and my shoes are not too small. With me, after a while, the nail falls off. But another nail has usually grown under before that happens. There is no pain, it's just not pretty. But who cares? I wouldn't worry about it unless you feel a certain discomfort.

            PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

                    Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

            4 years racing, 14 marathons, 14 BQs     

            Jack K.


            I love sponge cake.

              Yes, I thought I had that. My running shoes are a full size bigger than my regular shoes. Perhaps I need to go 1.5 bigger?

              2014 races

              Santa Anita Derby Day 5k - 5 Apr  

              Mountains to Beach Marathon - 25 May

              Better I Leave


                I'm sporting one right now...a memento from the Davis HM. No pain here either. I just figured it comes with the territory, right?

                Bin Running


                  Jack, could be that you tied it too loose or maybe your socks..

                  2014 races

                  2XU HM - 02 Mar (1:44:55)

                  BeHero 10K (Hong Kong) - 23 Mar (46:13)

                  JP Morgan 5.6K - 24 Apr (25:54)

                  Run350 10K - 27 Apr (56:04)

                  Sundown 10K - 31 May (59:00)

                  Sundown HM - 31 May (2:50:00)

                  Pocari Sweat 10K - 08 Jun (50:03)

                   

                  Army HM - 30 Aug

                  Yellow Ribbon 10K - 14 Sep

                  MJ5


                  Chief Unicorn Officer

                    That used to happen to me when my shoes were too small, but it's possible you could be wearing the right size and maybe the toe box just isn't shaped right for your foot. I can wear my correct size in Nike Free's, but the way that particular shoe fits just doesn't work for me and gives me a blood blister on my big toe. So maybe next time you're looking for shoes try a different brand or model with a differently shaped toe box.

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                    onemile


                      It happens.  I tried bigger shoes, different shoes, different socks etc but eventually I just accepted having ugly feet.  After dealing with a real injury, black toenails are really not a big deal to me.

                      Luke79


                        I have this now on 2 toenails on my left foot.  It started after my most recent pair of Asics.  I assume it's just a slightly more narrow toe box, or they fit a little more snug than other shoes.  They're a 12, and I consistently wear 12's across the board without issue most of the time.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                        notimeforthat


                          Sometimes I have noticed that back when I did train for marathons, I would have that happen and it was usually just a result of my feet slipping forward and hitting the toe box, particularly because I run a lot of hills where I live (hard to avoid). You might try lace locking the ankles to hold your forefoot in place better if you are sure the sizing is correct. That seemed to help me out.

                            You might try lace locking the ankles to hold your forefoot in place better if you are sure the sizing is correct. That seemed to help me out.

                            how tight is too tight when doing this?

                             

                            I rotate two pairs of shoes and one feels good locked in and the other hurts after a few miles and that pain transfers somewhere else.

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                            Tomas

                              I'm in the camp of "don't worry about it unless it hurts."

                              Short term goal: 17:59 5K

                              Mid term goal:  2:54:59 marathon

                              Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life.  (I started running at age 45).

                              RSX


                                The more I run, the more toe nail issues I have. It never matters how my shoes fit, and my record for black toes at 1 time is 8. I have webbed toes as it is so dont get any compliments.

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