Contrary to popular running lore, black toenails are NOT a requirement.
Below let’s go through why, how, and what to do with black toenails.
Why do toenails turn black after running?
This bruising can happen with any toenail on any toe, but the umbrella cause is the toenail in question hits the upper or front of the shoe after that brief millisecond when the shoe has come to a stop on the ground and the foot is still moving forward.
When are toenails most likely to bruise?
Most often the case is that toenails may hurt after long runs. These workouts are usually trail runs longer than what you typically do and they may contain an extra-ordinary amount of downhill running.
How can you prevent toenails from turning black?
What do you do if your toenail turns black?
Best to let it be. It will run its course which is likely to be it falling off. Towards the end when it gets near to the end you may assist it’s departure. It may also be wise to bandage the toe a bit if it is bothering you and you continue to run.
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