How to Treat Black Toenails

 

“BLACK TOENAILS”

A pooling of blood under the toenail, caused by the toe rubbing or hitting the top of your shoe. Often the toe will throb with the pressure of the blood.

Remedies: To relieve the pressure, you need to make a hole in the nail and drain the blood. Either heat the tip of a small, straightened paper clip and use it to burn through the nail until a drop of blood comes out, or sterilize the tip of a 1/16-inch drill bit with heat or alcohol and, by spinning the instrument between your finger and thumb, drill a hole in the nail. Stick your foot in a pan of water until all the blood comes out. (If you’re squeamish about doing this, see a sportsoriented physician.) Apply an antibacterial cream. Relieve inflammation with ice and anti-inflammatories.

If your black toenail isn’t painful, you don’t have to drain the blood. Lubricate with antifungal cream and cover it with a bandage. But monitor the nail, as it will probably loosen and fall offover the next few months. When it gets loose, carefully pull it off and continue to apply the antifungal cream. In the meantime, buy “a pair of running shoes with more room in the toe box.”

 

Excerpt From: Burfoot, Amby. “Runner's World Complete Book of Running.” Rodale, 2009. iBooks.

 

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Three decades ago, Nike unleashed Mars Blackmon on the world, and we watched him steal the show from Michael Jordan in promoting the company’s revolutionary basketball sneakers. There’s no such character pitching running shoes these days, though Jordan is getting into the game.

Jordan—a brand of its own under the Nike flag—just launched its first running shoe, the Flight Runner. I know what you’re thinking: What does basketball have to do with running? Well, nothing really. But the Jordan brand has become as synonymous with lifestyle products as it has with high-flying collectible kicks. And that’s most likely the case with the Flight Runner, though Nike has the chops in both spaces to build a shoe that performs as well as it looks.

On the surface, the shoe appears to be equal parts fashion and function. Sure, it has Zoom Air cushioning, similar to what you’d find in the Nike Air Pegasus, but some stylish touches like a “welded shroud” that skirts the shoe just above the midsole are sure to decrease its overall performance as a running shoe. Regardless, you can bet a good many gym-goers and runners will pick up a pair. And why wouldn’t they? It looks good whether you’re on the elliptical machine or at an espresso bar. And its heritage means it’s sure to stand up to a few treadmill miles on occasion.

Another reason to assume you’ll see the Flight Runner sell: Nike knows how to move shoes. According to the latest sales figures from SportsOneSource, a trade publication covering the sporting goods industry, the Nike and Jordan accounted for 173 of the top 250 pairs of athletic shoes sold during the month of February. The Jordan brand claimed 46 of those models. The top running shoes were the men’s and women’s Nike Free 5.0+, holding positions 3 and 5, respectively, of all athletic shoes sales.

By Jeff Dengate

 

 

Dang Cold Weather…

Looks like it's going to be a cold one tomorrow morning for the Atlanta Hot Chocolate 15K! I am not a fan of running when it is below freezing outside. That's why I live in Georgia. Here, our winters are usually mild but it seems like this year we are turning into a winter wonderland minus the snow. Oh how I look forward to the spring and summer! Oh well, I just have to bundle up like the kid in the Christmas Story to go running!

 

The Evolution of the Men’s Running Short

I would like to personally thank companies like Nike, New Balance and others for developing running shorts that are longer in the inseam than 2 inches. There are not many men who can pull off the 2 inch inseam and I for one am one of those men.

In the 70's. Running was something that only elite athletes participated. By the 80's, with the workout crazed decade, more and more people began to join in on the recreational running. That's about the time Nike and others cashed in on everyone as well. The big shoe companies began developing running clothes for your average joe. Let us all be thankful that they have continued to develop new styles through the years.

I for one am so thankful for the opportunity to choose between an 2,4,5,7 or 9 inch inseam when I am shopping for running shorts. Like I said, some guys can wear the 2 inch inseam but for the other 95% it ain't going to work.

Trust me…

 

 

Mizuno Elixir 8

I had Athens Running Company refit me for a pair of running shoes. It’s been a year since I had them do it and I am grateful for doing it. The Mizuno Elixir 8 feel absolutely wonderful on my feet. I am looking forward to breaking in the pair of shoes prior to the Hot Chocalete 5K/15K in Atlanta at the end of January. Nice arch support but yet light weight.

Good stuff…