How do you prevent runner's nail. Are there special shoes to be worn.
Good question. I don't think the answer really lies in special shoes, but rather shoes that are well fit. The obvious contributing factor would be short shoes. This would allow the nail to bump up against the toe box of the shoe. But I'd have to say that the more common contributing factor would be the way the foot pistons in the shoe with either a loose fit or a shoe that's too wide. This could also happen with a miss-match between the type of foot and type of running shoe. By pistoning, I mean the shoe hits the ground and the foot continues to move forward slamming into the toe box causing runner's nail. The first step is to work with a quality running store to get a good fit. If you still have problems, another way to get at it is to use a tongue pad to push the foot back into the heel of the shoe. Tongue pads are an old shoe fitters trick that is simple and effective.
Does this work for all the nails? What if I have it on more than one nail?
Runner's nail is going to be found primarily on the great toe nails. You can use it on the lessor nails but in many cases the nail is going to be so small that is tough to treat. For instance, often we'll see runner's nail on the second toe but the cause of it is due to a hammer toe. The term hammer toe comes from the way the tip of the toe hammers on the ground. This puts the nail at risk for recurrent runner's nail. And when runner's nail does happen, sure, you could use our runner's nail kit, but you haven't gotten at the source of the problem, right? The problem is the hammer toe. You'd need to use something like a crest pad to treat the hammer toe or have the toe surgically straightened.
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