Running seems like one of the easiest sports in the world. It’s just like walking, but faster right? Is it really a “sport” if you “play” it when you just need to get somewhere faster? Regardless of personal opinions, running is a sport with a high rate of injuries. Runners pound the pavement, grass, or track up to eight hundred times per mile. For the average five kilometer run, that’s almost two and a half thousand times. Something’s going to go wrong if you do it that many times.
Here are some common running injuries in Santa Fe that affect the toes. They might not be specific to runners, but have a high prevalence in the running community.
Blisters: Almost everyone has gotten a blister at some point or another. If the blister does not cause excessive pain and doesn’t interfere with your running, leave it alone. If it’s affecting your day-to-day life, you can take care of it with a sterilized needle or razor blade and let out the juices inside.
Burning Between the Toes: Known as neuromas, the burning can be caused by the inflammation of the bundle of nerves between the toes. The area doesn’t look any different usually, but the pain can’t be denied. It happens when the foot moves around a little too much, which usually can’t be helped. A simple icing can help alleviate the pain after a run.
Toenail Discoloration: Toenails changing color can be scary. A toenail can become black if there’s a lot of repeated pounding from something like running downhill and the toe is smashed into the front of the shoe. When there’s a lot of pressure, the toe might bleed underneath, causing the discoloration. You can attempt to release the pressure of the blood buildup underneath, but it can be difficult and dangerous. It is recommended that a doctor take care of injuries like this.
Toenail Growth: The toenail can grow thicker after repeated pressure, to a point that is noticeably not normal size. This is caused by repeated trauma from heavy running (possibly with shoes too small) or from tripping over something too many times. Like a toenail that grows too long out, you can just file down the top of this type of nail. It may grow back large again, but you can file it again.
These are some common Santa Fe toe injuries from running. Some of them may go away on their own after a while, but if they’re causing too much discomfort or not disappearing on their own after a few days, it’s a good idea to contact a doctor, such as Foot & Ankle Associates, Inc. The experienced Santa Fe podiatrist office set up a consultation to work with you on a recovery plan and get you back to running. You can also order their Foot and Ankle Health Book available for free online.