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running and my toes

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just a quick blog/question. I was removing my nail polish and givin myself a mini pedicure and i noticed that my big toe nails are all white and it looks almost like the top layer is coming off. I'm concerned that my toenails are going to fall off!! Any ideas/suggestions about what i can do? I hear that it is common for runners to get black toenails or for their nails to fall off but i dont want that to happen! I love being barefoot and in sandals! HELP!
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    Yes, definately go to a running store! I have been trying to train for a marathon (just did my first half) & knew that i wanted to go and get fitted for shoes because I have had trouble with my feet as well. I went to a Fleet Feet. I was put on a treadmill and they video taped me running. Then they slow motioned it to see how I ran. They can tell if you are a over-pronator and all kinds of things. i ended up with a whole size over what I usually wear because of the toe issue. It takes a bit to get used to it but after you are, there are no more cramping the toes. If you are running a lot, you definately need a bigger size. Good luck!
    3620 days ago
    That is SO not fun and now has me worried...

    3620 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/24/2010 1:48:21 AM
    My advice is to go to the Running Room or some place that sells runners. You don't have to buy new runners there, but get advice. This is from my old blog.

    I went to The Running Room today and got fitted for new runners, as I was getting shooting pains in my feet. She looked at the wear patterns on the bottom of my shoes, had me roll up my pants to the knees and walk bare foot 30 feet back and forth, then looked at the inside of my shoes. I was told I was walking on the outer edges of my feet, I have low arches, my shoes were too small and they are worn out. She said when you exercise, your fingers and feet get bigger and you should wear a larger runner. Also, when you get new runners they should fit and be comfortable, then when your feet start to hurt they are worn out. I went from wearing a size 9 to a size 10!

    3620 days ago
  • NICI94
    was the polish that you took off just regular nail polish or what is a nail hardener. nail hardeners sometimes contain formaldehyde which some people are sensitve to and could cause this.
    3621 days ago
    I buy my running shoes a 1/2 size larger and in a wide to give my feet room to breath. I have not heard of the toe nail thing but I would try those toe caps. I might go get some too so that when I start running again, I'm covered. Let us know!
    3621 days ago
    I'm not a runner but the previous comments sound knowledgable. I guess a podiatrist might be the best idea if you love being barefoot and in sandals.
    3621 days ago
    I had a problem with my toes and I ended up getting a mans running shoe that has a higher and wide shoe box. My feet swell when I run, so I actually have gotten a full size and a 1/2 larger on top of that. emoticon

    3621 days ago
    Well, since we all know that I'm not a runner, even though I try to play one on the weekends, I don't have first hand experience on this but my husband, who is a runner, buys these toe guard things. They are very thin and they slip over your toes. I think he gets his at a Snails Pace which is a running store but you might be able to get them at a sporting goods store. He thinks they are called toe caps.
    3621 days ago
  • 1HKNRN
    White could also mean a fungus infection, also common with runners. I would check with a podiatrist. emoticon
    3621 days ago
    I think white means there has been some damage. Check you shoes...as you increase your mileage you may need to increase the size of your shoe by 1/2 size.
    3621 days ago
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