If you’re a keen runner, chances are you’ve had the odd black or blue toenail. And although it may be tempting to cover them up with socks or nail polish, it’s best to get it sorted rather than leave them untreated. If your nail trauma isn’t the result of running, it could indicate something more serious.
Toenails are naturally white in colour, so when they turn black it can indicate infection, trauma or other health issues.
Black toenails can be caused by a variety of things, many of which resolve on their own. They can arise from:
In addition to the conditions mentioned above, those at most risk include diabetics who tend to have less sensation in the feet and athletic people or exercise enthusiasts who are more likely to suffer with foot trauma.
If you know you have another condition that’s being treated or have recently suffered a trauma to the nail, you don’t necessarily need to seek medical attention. However, if you don’t know what has caused your black toenail or it doesn’t fade or disappear, consult your healthcare professional.
Depending on the cause of your black toenail, you can treat it in the following ways:
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