Podiatrist Dr. Roy Mathews states, "run for long enough, and sooner or later, you’ll find yourself with a black toenail, a.k.a. runner’s toe. If you want to start becoming a runner, be prepared to have your nails injured. Caused by toes rubbing up against the inside of your shoes, black toenails are often the result of long runs and running downhill. Here’s how to avoid them — and what to do if you have one. Give your toes a bit of breathing room by buying the right shoes. You want to get your shoes fit at a professional running shoe store, later in the day, when your feet are a little bit swollen. The second most-common cause of black toes are hammertoes, which bend too far down. They can be straightened by a podiatrist."
In Dr. Hardy's Toronto Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinic we have been treating these foot conditions successfully for many years without the use of surgery. If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice or quality foot care, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-465-8737.
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