While not the only reason for black toenails, running is often a culprit. This is because of the repetitive motion of your toes jamming against the front of your shoes when you run over and over again. If your toes are crushed in your shoe because they do not fit properly, the repeated trauma is even worse, and your toenails can turn a black, purple, or brownish color. This discoloration is a result of blood built-up beneath the nail.
Sometimes, your nail will fall off and grow back on its own. However, in some cases the pressure from the blood that has pooled under the nail needs to be released or drained by a podiatrist.
There are a lot of running aficionados in Palm Desert, CA, which means there are a lot of black toenails out there needing to be treated! Dr. Harvey Danciger can help. Call (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment today.