Condition #4: Blackened Toenail
(Sub-Ungual Hematoma or Bleeding Under the Nail)
This is a common injury to tennis, soccer players, and runners. It is due to impaction of the 1st toe or the longest toe against the upper of the shoe. Blood from ruptured capillaries collect under the toe nail plate causing pressure and pain.
Treatment is required to allow blood to escape and so relieve the pain. A chiropodist can easily treat this painful condition.
The best way to prevent black toenails is to wear shoes that fit properly. The toe box should be wide enough so your toes do not bump against the shoe. You should have about 1/2″ of space between the end of your longest toe and the top of your shoe. Blister-free socks may help to prevent friction.
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