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

 

 

How to Buy Running Shoes by Jennifer Van Allen

I thought I would share this article. This article is directed more to the beginners. Enjoy…

1. Don’t skimp.

It may feel like a lot to spend up to A$250 on a pair of running shoes, but the investment is worth it. Consider this: Whatever your new shoes cost, it is likely less than the money and time you’d spend seeing the doctor because you got hurt.

2. See the experts.

It’s best to go to a specialty running shop (not a big-box or department store) where a salesperson can watch you run and help you select a pair of shoes that offer your feet the support they need. Find a specialty running store near you.

3. Size yourself up.

You may think you know your size, but it’s best to get your feet measured each time you buy new shoes. Your feet change over time, and one model’s fit can be drastically different from another’s. You also want to have your feet measured later in the day, when they’re at their biggest. Many people end up getting a running shoe that’s a half size larger than their street shoes. The extra room allows your foot to flex and your toes to move forward with each stride. When you’re standing with both shoes on, make sure you have at least a thumbnail’s space between the tip of the shoe and the end of your longest toe. Try shoes on both feet and take them for a test run around the shop, on a treadmill, or on the sidewalk.

4. Bring what you’ve been wearing.

When you go shopping, take along the shoes, socks, and any inserts that you’ve been using. That way you can make a realistic evaluation of how well the new shoe will fit your feet.

5. Keep up the rotation.

Shoes should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. Keep track of the date that you bought them in your training log.

6. Don’t be a trendsetter.

There is a dizzying array of shoes to choose from, and it can be tempting to be wooed by a bargain-basement price, shoes that “look fast,” or a promise to cure an injury or help you lose weight. But there is no one best shoe for anyone. There is only one shoe that offers your feet the unique support and fit you need. Try on as many different models and pairs as possible. Don’t shop by price or by fashion. And what about those minimalist shoes designed to mimic barefoot running? There’s no scientific evidence that forgoing shoes decreases injury risk. When you’re just starting out, stick with traditional shoes.

 

Down Warrior…

I took my wife to the Southern Orthopedics yesterday and the diagnosis wasn't good. She was diagnosed with a severe Plantar Fascia Strain and a heel spur in her left foot. She took a cortisone injection directly into her heel, which by the way I would never do, in hopes of avoiding surgey. So she is in a boot and miserable right now. She wants to go running but can't. We head back in a month to see if she has progressed or regressed. Our other option as of now is surgey if the shot and boot plus stretching doesn't work. I'm hoping to avoid surgey for her sake. It sucks big time because I lost my running buddy for awhile.

This is a picture of my wife, Shannon, and her mother after completing the Chilly Dawg 5K in Athens, Georgia last weekend. The temperature during the run was 18 degrees. Tough Cookies!

 

Three Short Cut Runners Should Avoid by Alex Hutchinson

The Shortcut: Reactive Recovery

It's easy to take painkillers to block training-related aches, but this habit doesn't address the muscle weaknesses that may be causing your pain. Other recovery tools like compression garments and ice baths may have benefits, but they're still just short-term Band-Aids.

The Shortcut: Training Supplements

In theory, taking a multivitamin or a dietary supplement targeted at athletes as a form of “insurance” makes sense—after all, no one eats perfectly all the time. But there's scant evidence that these supplements actually boost health or performance, and some studies have found that large doses of antioxidant supplements like vitamin C can interfere with muscle recovery and endurance gains during training.

The Shortcut: Energy Boosters

There's no doubt that caffeine is an effective performance-enhancer, not to mention an essential part of day-to-day life for many runners. But there's a subtle distinction to bear in mind: Caffeine helps to mask the feeling of fatigue, but it doesn't actually make you any more rested.

 

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…