What is a runner's toe?
Runner's toe is a common condition seen in runners caused by downward pressure or horizontal separation of nail plate from the nail bed. This repetitive traumatic injury leads to bleeding and pooling of blood underneath the nail plate. Clinically, it is characterized by reddish-black discoloration of the toe nail.
Nails change colors for multiple reasons. The most common culprit for a black toenail is blood under the hard tissue. Damage to the end of the toe causes blood to leak through the nail bed and stain the keratin a dark color. This is also known as a subungual hematoma, or a bruise under the nail.
- There is evidence proving that Vicks VapoRub can cure fungal toenails in some people. This is largely due to its ingredients, including menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil. Vicks VapoRub is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be used as a cure for fungus toenails.
- Not having enough vitamin B-12 can cause nails to turn dark, thin and possibly spoon shaped. Dark spots or streaks rather than full discoloration of the nails may be caused by bruising, psoriasis, melanoma (a type of skin cancer), chronic infections, and medications such as from cancer chemotherapy.
- Torn or Detached Nail Facts. Fingernails and toenails, like hair, are composed of protein and fat and are not live tissue. Nails grow a bit more than one-tenth of an inch per month and require three to six months to completely regrow. (Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails.)
Fungal infections: While these often look white or yellow, fungal infections can sometimes cause black toenails from debris buildup. Trauma: Usually caused by an injury, trauma to the toenail can cause the blood vessels beneath a nail to break.
- Spray your shoes with an over-the-counter topical anti-fungal spray.
- Use nail gels, oils, or other solutions that help break down and clean out the keratin debris that builds up underneath your nails.
- Use topical liquid or cream treatments that contain over-the-counter antifungal medicines such as Tolnaftate.
- There are numerous causes for why hang nails can occur. Dry skin is a major cause of hang nails. Other reasons include frequent nail biting, cutting a cuticle too closely or from previous injury to the nail. Therefore in order to prevent hang nails, depending on your situation, it is important to address the cause.
- To get rid of a hangnail, soak your hands in warm water for about 10 minutes. Then, using a nail clipper or nail scissors, carefully trim the hangnail off. Don't cut the healthy skin; just remove the dead skin that is sticking up. Get as close to your healthy skin as you can.
Losing Toenails to Exercise. It is called onychoptosis, which means “falling nail” in Greek, and is typically caused by injury or stress to the nail. For runners going long distances, toenail loss may occur because of shoes that are too snug or foot swelling that causes the nail to rub the end of the shoe.
- But your nails have a job to do. The hard surface of your nails helps to protect the tips of your fingers and toes. And your fingernails make it easier to scratch an itch or remove a dog hair from your sweater. Nails themselves are made of keratin (say: KAIR-uh-tin).
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- Remember that it can't grow overnight.
- And don't shampoo every time you shower.
- Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower.
- Apply an oil or mask treatment weekly.
- Consider trying hair-boosting supplements.
- Brush your hair like it's spun from gold.
- Ditch your cotton pillowcase.
- Treatments can be moderately painful, as hair is indeed being ripped out at the root, but it becomes more tolerable over time. Waxing can also result in ingrown hairs. How It Works: Shaving removes hair at the skin's surface by cutting it off with a razor. Best For: Legs, underarms, and those with lighter, finer hair.
Updated: 10th October 2018