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City Centre’s Commitment Day 5k kicks off at 10 AM on New Year’s Day and is hosted to give Houston residents a chance to commit themselves to health-related resolutions. The race starts and finishes at Life Time Athletic (815 Town & Country Lane, Houston, TX 77024) and potentially leads to a year of fitness for you. If you decide to incorporate running into your workout routine, stay attentive to your feet so you can notice any changes and avoid feet or ankle issues, like plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, or even black toenails.
Toenails turning black is an issue many people probably do not consider when they think about foot ailments, especially those related to running. However, repetitive trauma, especially as the toenails strike the top or front of the shoe, can cause discoloration and possibly even toe pain. In addition to the trauma, your choice in footwear can also lead to this condition. Ill-fitting or tight shoes can contribute to the onset of these discolored nails.
The reason for the discoloration when trauma is the root cause is simply blood pooling in the toe bed and being trapped under the nail. This will sometimes lead to the nail falling off and then later regenerating on its own.
Running can certainly cause this condition, but it is not the only culprit. Black toenails can also be caused by fungal infection and, in very rare situations, malignant melanoma. In the case of fungal infection, the nail itself will thicken and then turn the nail dark, almost black. If you have a black spot under the nail that will not go away, come in and see Foot & Ankle Associates to make sure you do not have melanoma.
If you are going to participate in City Centre’s Commitment Day 5k, we hope that you have a good time. Should this be a springboard for a year of physical activity, we encourage you to keep checking on your feet and ankles and let Foot & Ankle Associates know if you develop any issues. Dr. Marco Vargas and the friendly staff are always here to give you the best care possible. Just call us at (888) 784-5335 to schedule an appointment at Sugar Land’s top podiatry practice!