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#787 Can the toenail grow back if the root of the nail is removed by biopsy?

Bruised toenails are extremely common in runners. Many consider black and blue toenails a rite of passage when training for your first marathon.

However, if a bruise under the toenail appears without any trauma, it can be worrisome.

A solitary dark linear streak is alarming to dermatologists and podiatrists. Because if you get a solitary linear bruise that doesn’t drift out like a typical bruise under the nail usually does, your doctor might be concerned that you have something called acral-lentiginous melanoma.

If your doctor performs a tissue biopsy of the nail matrix to make sure you don’t have cancer, well, you might be worried that your nail is going to be deformed.

Can the toenail grow back normally if you remove part of the root of the nail because you had a biopsy?

Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#740 My pinky toenail split in half

Just this week, I got a call from an injured runner about a new problem. I’ve seen him before for some other issues, but in this case.

He said that he thought maybe he actually had an ingrown toenail on his pinky or that the toenail itself had split in half and it was bugging him a little bit.

I said “Well, send me a picture. I’ll take a look and see.”

My pinky toenail split in half. Is that a problem?

Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#434 Top 3 tips to avoid bruising your toenails during long runs

I recently did an episode where I was talking about the causes of black toenails in runners after long runs, and I got a lot of comments and questions about, “Well, what should I do?”

We did talk about a couple of different things during that episode, where I was telling you how to check and make sure that you have sufficient space at the end of the shoes, that your running shoes aren’t just too small or how to make sure that if you do have a lot of room in the shoes or if it seems like they’re big enough.

But if those two things are not your issue, then it’s more likely that when you’re swinging your foot through, during what we call the swing phase of gait.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about the top three tips to avoid getting black toenails from your long runs.

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#432 3 reasons runners get black toenails

Today’s episode comes from a discussion during a recent television fitness segment interview where I was actually asked about black toenails in runners.

If you’ve been running for a long time, undoubtedly you’ve had this happen at least once. I’ve had it happen multiple times.

I realized, after many years of racing, that if I did any run longer than about 20 miles, and I didn’t do some specific things to really provide care for my nails and protect them, I would wind up with one of my second toenails bruised, discolored and painful.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast we’re talking about the top three reasons runners get black toenails after long runs and races.

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#276 My toenail hurts when I run

I just had a consultation with a woman who has been having pain in the toes and the end of the big toenails just after running.

The pain in the big toes has been getting worse. She was also getting some numbness or tingling around the corner of the toenails.

She wanted to know…

“Am I doing something wrong with my shoes?”

“Am I cutting my toenails wrong?”

“Is there really something wrong on the inside of my toe?”

Today on the Doc on the Run Podcast, we’re talking about what you need to think about if your toenail hurts when you run.

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