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Black Toenails - Runners/Walkers need to know

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

I've escalated my steps this year and joining a gym required me to get "gym shoes."

I use the treadmill at the gym almost daily now because it has become too hot for Bubba to be outdoors walking. And I am working on stamina with Incline and Speed.

About a month ago I got one black toenail and this past month a couple on the other foot are also turning - and I seem to have an abundance of blisters around my toes.

Googling Black Toenails brought me to 2 very interesting pages. One page explains how and why runners/walkers get black toenails.

The second page explains how to tie your shoes to prevent heel slippage.

Yes, I feel stupid telling people that as a 67 yr old, I am learning how to tie my shoes - but learning the proper way has really helped to at least stop the heel slippage.

BTW, this all started when I began to wear my "lace-less" shoes at the gym. According to the article, this is probably the worst type of shoe to wear because you cannot control where the lace is tight. When you slip into the shoe, it tightens up the toe-box and that creates the problem(s). Having 3 pair of new shoes, I have now removed the elastic "shoe-lace" and replace it with regular shoelaces. Now I can control keeping my feet where they belong in the shoes.
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