There are a lot of potential problems that runners deal with, but did you know that toenail fungus could be one of them? If you’re a runner you want to know how to get rid of toenail fungus fast so it doesn’t slow down your training. First, it’s important to understand a couple reasons why running may lead to a fungal nail infection, then how an NYC podiatrist can help.
Running Reason#1: Trauma to Your Foot
Black toenails are common among runners. Most runners are familiar with the infamous black toenail, even considered by some to be a rite of passage for runners.
Black toenails in runners are due to bruising or slight bleeding under the nail caused by repetitive trauma to the toe when the top of the shoe strikes the nail with each step and the toe slides forward into the end of the shoe. This type of black toenail is most common in competitive runners that train at high intensity and at a high volume.
A black toenail can also be a sign of a fungal infection. If the trauma to the nail is more than just bruising, such as stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on your toe that causes the nail to lift, then it provides the perfect opportunity for toenail fungus to get under the nail bed and infect the toenail. Even tiny cuts is all fungus needs to invade. Discolored toenails are a common sign that fungus is present.
Running Reason #2: Environment in Your Shoes
Think of your running shoes after a nice, long run. They are warm, sweaty, and either left by the door or thrown in the closet until you wear them again tomorrow. They usually aren’t given enough time to dry out. Fungal pathogens thrive in your running shoes like plants thrive in a greenhouse. They love the warm, moist environment. If you’ve experienced trauma to your toenail, then expose your toenail to your fungal shoes, you have the perfect scenario for toenail fungus to invade.
Preventing Toenail Fungus for Runners
Preventative measures are key to help protect you from getting toenail fungus in the first place. Since your running shoes play a prime role start by:
- Making sure your shoes fit well and your toes aren’t bumping against the end when you run.
- Investing in a second pair of running shoes. This will allow you to rotate shoes and give each pair a chance to dry out, and fungus less of a chance to grow.
- Using a disinfectant spray or ultraviolet shoe sanitizer inside your shoes to help kill any fungus.
Toenail fungus itself generally is not painful, but it is embarrassing. If you notice that your toes are black, brown, yellow, thickened and even beginning to raise off of the nail bed, it’s time for toenail fungus treatment.
How an NYC Podiatrist Can Get Rid of Toenail Fungus Fast
A fungal nail infection is easily treatable using laser treatment. A laser light beam shines onto the infected nail, penetrates through the surface of the nail, and kills the pathogens causing the infection. It’s safe, effective, and can be performed in only three 30-minute outpatient visits. There is no bleeding or bandaging and patients report little to no pain at all. You’ll see a difference as soon as the new nail begins to grow out.
If you’re a runner and you think you have toenail fungus, consider scheduling a free 30-minute consultation with an NYC podiatrist at Adler Footcare. You’ll experience convenience, kindness, and the best possible care to once again focus on your running routine. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should the treatment.