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Why Does my Toenail Hurt After Running?

If your toenails are in pain—even throbbing—after you go running, it’s a pretty good indication that your shoes are too small. Remember, feet swell when you take a jog, so if your shoes are a tight fit when you first put them on, they’ll be way too small by the time you get a mile or two under your belt. Getting these shoes properly fitted by an expert at a specialty store—we love Bob Roncker’s Running Spot, which has four locations in Greater Cincinnati—is one of the best decisions any beginning (or experienced) runner can make.

In terms of regular nail care, make sure your nails are neatly trimmed to about an even length with your toe tips, and avoid nail polish (even clear), which prevents toenails from “breathing” and can cause extra pain when combined with trauma from pounding the pavement.

Don’t let a painful toenail throw you off the trail. Call Family Foot and Ankle Center, Inc. at (513) 728-4800 in Ohio or (859) 282-1572 in Kentucky to set up an appointment today.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.