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Why Is My Toenail Black?

If you notice that your toenail has turned black, it is a sign that you may need a new pair of running shoes. Running too far for too long is a primary cause of black toenail, causing a soft tissue injury. Black toenails are common among long-distance runners and soldiers who march a long way in boots. A blackened toenail is caused by a subungual hematoma, or bleeding under the toenail, often called a jogger's toe. The main cause is continued rubbing inside the shoe, but may also be the result of dropping something heavy on your toe. Symptoms include a blackened appearance of the nail, a feeling of throbbing pain, and in some cases the loosening of the nail from the bed. The blood collects under the toenail, causing the black appearance, and pressure causes the pain. Treatment for black toenails includes draining the blood from under the nail or removing the nail. If you have developed a black toenail, please see a chiropodist for an examination and treatment options.

Injuries to the foot and ankle are very common among athletes. If you have experienced an injury, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Injuries Among Athletes: 

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Fractures

  • Turf toe 

  • Joint dislocations

  • Sever’s disease

  • Morton’s neuroma


Symptoms will depend on the cause and severity of the injury. Common symptoms for a foot or ankle injury include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, a reduced range of motion, and difficulty bearing weight or walking on the affected foot or ankle. 


Sports injuries are typically diagnosed after carefully examining the affected foot or ankle. This includes moving the injured area to test its range of motion. Medical history will need to be provided, as well as detailed information about how the injury occurred. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, may be used to confirm or rule out certain diagnoses. 


Just like symptoms, treatment will depend on the type of injury and its severity. Initial treatment for many sports injuries is aimed at controlling inflammation and promoting the healing response. The acronym R.I.C.E is a helpful guide to implement for most acute injuries. This method involves resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot or ankle. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications may be administered and orthotic devices may be prescribed. For more severe injuries, surgery may be required. Lastly, rehabilitation or physical therapy may be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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