Even after my 87 km race my toes are healthy, blister-free, and there is no sign of black toe nails.
Maybe I am lucky to have hardy feet, or lucky to be picking the right shoes and socks but I have never had trouble with blisters, chafing on my feet or black toe nails.
What am I doing right? I am not sure but here’s some things I am doing to make sure those feet problems don’t crop up.
Many of my socks have 2 layers. One slides with the shoe and one with the foot. The only sliding action is between the two layers of the sock. These are available at running stores and probably cost more than other socks but they seem to work well. Blisters be gone!
I tie the toe end of my shoe laces quite tight to prevent my feet from slipping around. This is especially critical on the steep downhills. The tightness you get them out of the store is never enough, I find. Experiment, but definitely if there is any downhill, tighten ’em up.
I keep my toe nails short. One of my rituals before a race is to cut them. I have learned the hard way that nails that are too long can hurt when they bounce up against the front of your shoe and if they do that too long they might go black and fall off (only happened once – 30 years ago).
Be barefoot or in sandals as much as possible. I don’t know if this does anything, but I know that being barefoot toughens up your feet to prevent them from going soft. And sandals keep your feet dry. Being in Canada, barefoot season doesn’t last long, but it is worth a shot for as long as possible.
Remember those two feet are all you got, and if they start screaming, it is pretty hard to ignore. Baby those 10 little piggies.
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Thanks, Kevin! I have terrible issues with black toenails and blisters (not so pretty)! I’m going to try some of these..Toes crossed they work!
I get black two if I run allot of hills and hilly trail runs. But it’s not from hitting the front of my shoes and it’s normally the third toe in from the big toe. Strange right? I’ve minimized it and the rawness between my toes from sweating on long runs using Injini toe socks. I didn’t know about the two layer socks!!! Do you have a brand I can look up thanks for the tip
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I liked reading this post; thanks, Kevin.
I haven’t had blisters, but I do suffer from black toenails. The only strategy which seems to help is keeping the nails really short. Two-layer socks didn’t cure this problem, nor did lacing the shoes tight (which I guess is much more of an issue for trail running, as you described).
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I always lose the same 2 toenails but this last time was the first time one turned black. It made wearing heels interesting looking. 🙂
I least I don’t have to worry about wearing heels. Thanks for reading.