Runner’s World—November 24, 2017
Runner’s World featured an article about common foot problems for runners, such as blisters and calluses. In addition, the article included a video with HSS primary care sports medicine physician Jordan D. Metzl, MD, who discussed black toenails, athlete’s foot and ingrown toenails.
Dr. Metzl explained that a black toenail occurs when "your toenail hits the front of the shoe. You can get some bleeding between the toe nail and the undersurface called the nail bed." To prevent this issue, Dr. Metzl recommended to relieve the pressure in your foot by wearing thinner socks and larger shoes.
To treat athlete’s foot, Dr. Metzl said to "go to the pharmacy and get some of the anti-fungal spray or cream. Start putting that stuff on a couple of times a day." He noted the importance of keeping your feet dry and clean to prevent future infections.
Additionally, Dr. Metzl advised to wear a running shoe with a wide toe box to prevent ingrown toenails. If you do have an ingrown toenail, he recommended to see a physician for treatment.
Watch the full video at runnersworld.com